What is the FTSE 100?

The FTSE 100 is a stock index representing the performance of the largest 100 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) by market capitalization. The FTSE 100 stock index offers traders high liquidity and a reliable picture of UK economic health. Follow the FTSE 100 live with the chart and read our latest news and analysis.

What is the FTSE and how does it work?

Launched on the first trading day of 1984, the FTSE contains, broadly speaking, the 100 largest companies by capitalisation listed on the London Stock Exchange. As the name suggests, the FTSE started life as a joint venture between the Exchange and the Financial Times but is now entirely owned by the Exchange.

Who owns FTSE?

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group currently owns FTSE. In May 2015, FTSE Group combined with Russell to form the brand name, FTSE Russell. The FTSE 100 is generally the most well-known FTSE index, but the FTSE Group manages many indexes.