How to invest in Italy using ETFs

How do I invest in Italian stocks?

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

On the Italian stock market you find 2 indices, which are tracked by ETFs.

Besides ETFs on Italy, there are no regional ETFs available with significant weight of Italian stocks. Even the European indices only hold less than 10% in Italy.

0.25% p.a. - 0.35% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Italy ETFs
on the Italian stock market, which are tracked by ETFs
on the Italian stock market
The best indices for Italy ETFs

Performance of Italian stocks (FTSE MIB)

1 month: 9.22%
1 year: 5.80%
3 years: 48.28%
5 years: 10.12%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Italy

For an investment in the Italian stock market, 2 indices tracked by 4 ETFs are available. On the FTSE MIB index there are 3 ETFs. On the MSCI Italy index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.25% p.a. and 0.35% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE MIB Italy 3 ETFs 40
The FTSE MIB (total return) index tracks the 40 largest Italian companies (real time).
Index factsheet
MSCI Italy Italy 1 ETF 23
The MSCI Italy index tracks the leading Italian stocks.
Index factsheet
  Fund size
in m CHF
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares FTSE MIB UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE00B1XNH568 180 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares FTSE MIB UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B53L4X51 92 0.33% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers FTSE MIB UCITS ETF 1DLU0274212538 60 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
ComStage MSCI Italy TRN UCITS ETFLU1104574725 2 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE MIB -1.60% 5.19% 1.99% 5.13% 36.58%
MSCI Italy -1.46% 5.21% 1.93% 5.96% 32.30%
Index   2019
in %
in %
in %
in %
in %
MSCI Italy 15.99% -16.95% 23.15% -8.23% -
FTSE MIB 16.06% -17.10% 26.83% -8.08% 3.67%

Source:; As of 31/08/19; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.


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