How to invest in India using ETFs

How do I invest in Indian stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole Indian stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

On the Indian stock market you'll find 3 indices which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can consider indices on Asia. However, India is weighted with less than 11% in the alternative indices.

0.19% p.a. - 0.85% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of India ETFs
on the Indian stock market, which are tracked by ETFs
on the Indian stock market
The best indices for India ETFs

Performance of Indian stocks (MSCI India)

1 month: 4.71%
1 year: 18.63%
3 years: 11.57%
5 years: 55.65%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on India

For an investment in the Indian stock market, there are 3 indices available which are tracked by 6 ETFs. On the FTSE India 30/18 Capped index there is 1 ETF. On the MSCI India index there are 4 ETFs. On the Nifty 50 index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.19% p.a. and 0.85% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

FTSE India 30/18 Capped

India 1 ETF 164
(30/10/2020)
The FTSE India 30/18 Capped index tracks Indian companies with large and medium market capitalisation. The largest company in the index is limited to a maximum of 30 percent of the index capitalization, all other index components to a maximum of 18 percent.
Index factsheet

MSCI India

India 4 ETFs 96
(26/02/2021)
The MSCI India index tracks the leading Indian stocks.
Index factsheet

Nifty 50

India 1 ETF 50
The Nifty 50 index tracks 50 stocks from 22 sectors of the Indian economy.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Lyxor MSCI India UCITS ETF - Acc (EUR)FR0010361683 751 0.85% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Xtrackers Nifty 50 Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292109690 161 0.85% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI India UCITS ETF - Acc (USD)FR0010375766 146 0.85% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Amundi MSCI India UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681043086 144 0.80% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF MSCI India UCITS ETF USDLU1681043169 52 0.80% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETFIE00BHZRQZ17 37 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
Nifty 50 -1.40% 15.37% 23.03% 1.72% 0.22%
FTSE India 30/18 Capped -0.32% 12.54% 18.43% 2.66% -
MSCI India -1.81% 12.71% 19.22% 3.10% -1.45%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
Nifty 50 -1.32% 1.40% 7.35% -6.31% 30.50%
MSCI India -1.15% 3.81% 3.73% -7.76% 30.69%
FTSE India 30/18 Capped -0.56% 2.53% - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 28/02/2021; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest India ETFs
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Asian indices with a share of India

Alternatively, you may consider investing in Asia. In total, you can invest in 3 indices on Asia tracked by 8 ETFs. Unfortunately, India is weighted with less than 11% in the indices on Asia. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Asia is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.65% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE Emerging Markets Emerging Markets
India: 10.28%
(30/10/2020)
1 ETF 1,838
(30/10/2020)
The FTSE Emerging Markets index tracks stocks from emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Asia Pacific
India: 9.01%
(30/10/2020)
2 ETFs 1,171
(26/02/2021)
The MSCI AC Asia ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the Asia region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia Asia Pacific
India: 10.01%
(30/10/2020)
5 ETFs 1,114
(26/02/2021)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Asian emerging markets.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B3VVMM84 2,448 0.22% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 2,013 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF USDLU1681044563 1,798 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 1,421 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 1,379 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 688 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 661 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 207 0.23% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE Emerging Markets 4.38% 15.13% 18.74% 14.08% 7.29%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 5.16% 16.63% 22.75% 24.11% 14.23%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 5.01% 16.06% 23.27% 28.62% 17.37%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
FTSE Emerging Markets 4.28% 4.44% 17.46% -12.73% 26.30%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 5.36% 12.87% 16.33% -14.96% 35.20%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 5.44% 16.69% 16.40% -14.90% 36.03%

Source: justETF.com; As of 28/02/2021; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.