• Index launched on 12 October 1992
  • Combined market capitalisation of more than £450* billion today

FTSE Russell today celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of its flagship UK indexes, the FTSE 250. On 12 October 1992, following a consultation with the FTSE Advisory Committee, the FTSE 250 Index was launched, marking the start of a new era for market participants who wanted to benchmark their investments to mid cap UK equities.

The market capitalisation of the companies included in the original FTSE 250 was just over £98 billion. Today, that figure has more than quadrupled to over £450 billion in 2017* and captures approximately 17 per cent of the FTSE UK Index Series’ total market capitalisation.

The FTSE 250 is part of the FTSE UK Index Series, which also includes the FTSE 100 and FTSE All-Share indexes. The FTSE UK Index Series is designed to represent the performance of eligible companies listed on London Stock Exchange, providing market participants with a comprehensive and complementary set of indexes that measure the performance of all capital and industry segments of the UK equity market.

Mark Makepeace, CEO of FTSE Russell, said:

“When we launched the FTSE 250 there were plenty of sceptics who thought index compilers should only be thinking in terms of large- and small-cap. FTSE Russell was a pioneer in this sense but even we couldn't have predicted the success of the FTSE 250, a benchmark which is now widely acknowledged as a true reflection of the British economy”.

FTSE 250 Stats

  • Largest daily rise: 7.75% (19 September 2008)
  • Largest daily fall: 7.19% (24 June 2016)
  • Highest daily value traded: £3.25 billion (19 September 2008)
  • First ETF launch: 26 March 2004 (iShares FTSE 250 UCITS ETF)
  • FTSE Green Revenues: 48 companies in FTSE 250 have green revenues vs 28 in FTSE 100
  • Greenest constituent: Pennon Group (99% green revenues)
  • Revenue generated oversees by constituent companies: 51% compares to 76% for FTSE 100
  • London Stock Exchange average share of lit trading in FTSE 250 stocks: 68.6%**
  • Turquoise Plato average share of dark pool trading in FTSE 250 stocks: 21.7%**

More information on the history of the FTSE 250 along with additional statistics can be found here.

– Ends –


For further information:

Global Media 
Ed Clark +44 (0)20 7797 1222
Lucie Holloway

Regional Contacts
Hong Kong: Fennie Wong +852 2164 3267
Sydney: Laura McCrackle +61 2 8823 3526

Notes to editors:

About FTSE Russell:

FTSE Russell is a leading global provider creating and managing a wide range of indexes, data and analytic solutions to meet client needs across asset classes, style and strategies. Covering 98% of the investable market, FTSE Russell indexes offer a true picture of global markets, combined with the specialist knowledge gained from developing local benchmarks around the world.

FTSE Russell index expertise and products are used extensively by institutional and retail investors globally. More than $15 trillion is currently benchmarked to FTSE Russell indexes. For over 30 years, leading asset owners, asset managers, ETF providers and investment banks have chosen FTSE Russell indexes to benchmark their investment performance and create investment funds, ETFs, structured products and index-based derivatives. FTSE Russell indexes also provide clients with tools for asset allocation, investment strategy analysis and risk management.

A core set of universal principles guides FTSE Russell index design and management: a transparent rules-based methodology is informed by independent committees of leading market participants. FTSE Russell is focused on index innovation and customer partnership applying the highest industry standards and embracing the IOSCO Principles. FTSE Russell is wholly owned by the London Stock Exchange Group.

For more information, visit www.ftserussell.com.

© 2017 London Stock Exchange Group plc and its applicable group undertakings (the “LSE Group”). The LSE Group includes (1) FTSE International Limited (“FTSE”), (2) Frank Russell Company (“Russell”), (3) FTSE TMX Global Debt Capital Markets Inc. and FTSE TMX Global Debt Capital Markets Limited (together, “FTSE TMX”) and (4) MTSNext Limited (“MTSNext”). All rights reserved.

FTSE Russell® is a trading name of FTSE, Russell, FTSE TMX and MTS Next Limited. “FTSE®”, “Russell®”, “FTSE Russell®” “MTS®”, “FTSE TMX®”, “FTSE4Good®” and “ICB®” and all other trademarks and service marks used herein (whether registered or unregistered) are trade marks and/or service marks owned or licensed by the applicable member of the LSE Group or their respective licensors and are owned, or used under licence, by FTSE, Russell, MTSNext, or FTSE TMX.

All information is provided for information purposes only. Every effort is made to ensure that all information given in this publication is accurate, but no responsibility or liability can be accepted by any member of the LSE Group nor their respective directors, officers, employees, partners or licensors for any errors or for any loss from use of this publication or any of the information or data contained herein.

No member of the LSE Group nor their respective directors, officers, employees, partners or licensors make any claim, prediction, warranty or representation whatsoever, expressly or impliedly, either as to the results to be obtained from the use of the FTSE Russell Indexes or the fitness or suitability of the Indexes for any particular purpose to which they might be put.

No member of the LSE Group nor their respective directors, officers, employees, partners or licensors provide investment advice and nothing in this communication should be taken as constituting financial or investment advice. No member of the LSE Group nor their respective directors, officers, employees, partners or licensors make any representation regarding the advisability of investing in any asset. A decision to invest in any such asset should not be made in reliance on any information herein. Indexes cannot be invested in directly. Inclusion of an asset in an index is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold that asset. The general information contained in this publication should not be acted upon without obtaining specific legal, tax, and investment advice from a licensed professional.

No part of this information may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the applicable member of the LSE Group. Use and distribution of the LSE Group index data and the use of their data to create financial products require a licence from FTSE, Russell, FTSE TMX, MTSNext and/or their respective licensors.