What Is The FTSE?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

You may have heard the saying ‘FTSE 100’. But what really is it?


FTSE stands for Financial Times and Stock Exchange. It shows the most highly capitalised companies in the United Kingdom that are listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Many international investors look to the FTSE indexes as a way to forecast what is happening in the wider UK market.  

The FTSE 100 is the top 100 most highly capitalised companies in the UK. Some companies that you might recognise on the FTSE 100 are; 

BP, Hilton plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc.

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