The best North America ETFs

How do I invest in North American stocks?

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

In this curated investment guide, you will find all ETFs that allow you to invest broadly diversified in North American stocks. Currently, there are 3 ETFs available.

The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs tracking stocks from North America is between 0.10% p.a. and 0.40% p.a..

 
0.10% p.a. - 0.40% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of North America ETFs
tracking stocks from North America, which are tracked by ETFs
that track a broadly diversified North America index
 
The best indices for North America ETFs

How do I invest in North American companies?

North America ETFs allow you to invest broadly diversified in the North American stock markets and thus in the most important companies from Canada and the USA. In this curated investment guide, you will find all currently available North America ETFs.

Canada's share in North America ETFs is comparably small, meaning that you invest primarily in US companies with such an ETF. This is why USA ETFs, for example on the S&P 500 or the MSCI USA, are a legitimate alternative to North America ETFs. If you want to invest specifically in the Canadian stock market, you may consider a Canada ETF.
 

Performance of broadly diversified North America indices in comparison

Source: justETF Research; As of 17/06/2021; Performance over 1 year in CHF.

 

Indices in comparison

Indices on stocks from North America

The best indices for North America ETFs

For an investment in stocks from North America, there are 2 indices available that are tracked by 3 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.10% p.a. and 0.40% p.a.. Depending on the market environment, stocks from a single country can make up large parts of an index. You can find more information regarding the concentration of countries, companies and sectors in the index factsheets linked below.
 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE North America North America 1 ETF 659
(31/05/2021)
The FTSE North America index tracks stocks in USA and Canada.
Index factsheet
MSCI North America North America 2 ETFs 718
(31/05/2021)
The MSCI North America index tracks stocks from developed North American countries (Canada and United States).
Index factsheet
Index 1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
MSCI North America -0.93% 8.77% 15.30% 31.68% 47.55% 94.05%
FTSE North America -0.44% 9.47% 16.00% 32.27% 49.35% 97.73%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/05/2021; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

ETFs in comparison

ETFs tracking stocks from North America

All North America ETFs in comparison

In the table below we have listed the currently available North America ETFs. Via the "Properties" and "Performance" tabs, you can find detailed information on these ETFs and sort them according to your desired criterion. More information about the different criteria when choosing an ETF can be found in our article on ETF selection.
 
ETF
ISIN
Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Inception date Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Vanguard FTSE North America UCITS ETF DistributingIE00BKX55R35 1,414 0.10% p.a. 30/09/2014 Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares MSCI North America UCITS ETFIE00B14X4M10 969 0.40% p.a. 02/06/2006 Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI North America UCITS ETFLU0392494992 130 0.25% p.a. 03/12/2008 Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
ETF
ISIN
1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
Vanguard FTSE North America UCITS ETF DistributingIE00BKX55R35 -0.44% 9.47% 16.00% 32.27% 49.35% 97.73%
iShares MSCI North America UCITS ETFIE00B14X4M10 -0.93% 8.77% 15.30% 31.68% 47.55% 94.05%
Lyxor MSCI North America UCITS ETFLU0392494992 -0.93% 8.82% 15.43% 31.99% 47.65% 96.41%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/05/2021