Virgin FTSE All-Share Tracker Fund - Our customer have over £2.5 billion invested in our tracker fund

Virgin FTSE All-Share Tracker Fund - Our customer have over £2.5 billion invested in our tracker fund

How it works

How do stock market investments work?

When you invest in the stock market your money buys shares in companies. When companies are profitable their share prices tend to rise. Many companies also pay out regular dividends to shareholders. These two factors can both increase the value of your investment.

How it works

How do we invest in the stock market?

The great appeal of index tracking is that it’s one of the surest ways to benefit from the stock market, making the most of its historic long-term growth. It works on the principle that when share prices move, you automatically ‘keep track’.

With our tracker fund your investment gets spread across the shares of every one of the 600+ companies listed on the FTSE All-Share Index, ensuring that whenever the index is growing your investment keeps track with it every step of the way.

Here’s how the UK stock market has grown over the last 20 years:

Graph showing 20 years of UK stock market growth showing that £3,000 invested on 31 December 1993 would have been worth £12,584 twenty years later

Source: Morningstar Direct. All-Share Index, total return basis, 319.5% growth from 31.12.93 to 31.12.13.

Remember, the charges of a unit trust or similar investment would reduce the return shown, and the value of your investment can rise and fall on a daily basis. Past performance is not a guide to the future.

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Dividend payments and how they benefit you:

Dividends are payments made by companies to their shareholders when the company makes a profit. They are paid regularly and are key to increasing the value of your investment because the money from your dividend is added to the value of your investment.

Even in poor stock market periods your investment can still be growing because of dividends - dispelling the myth that you only make money from the stock market when the market is rising.

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