How to invest in Switzerland using ETFs

How do I invest in Swiss stocks?

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

On the Swiss stock market you find 7 indices, which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can consider indices on Europe. These indices weight Switzerland with more than 20%.

0.10% p.a. - 0.52% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Switzerland ETFs
on the Swiss stock market, which are tracked by ETFs
on the Swiss stock market
The best indices for Switzerland ETFs

Performance of Swiss stocks (SLI®)

1 month: 1.03%
1 year: 1.25%
3 years: 10.40%
5 years: 28.96%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Switzerland

For an investment in the Swiss stock market, there are 7 indices available which are tracked by 18 ETFs. On the Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 index there is 1 ETF. On the MSCI Switzerland index there are 3 ETFs. On the MSCI Switzerland 20/35 index there are 3 ETFs. On the SLI® index there are 4 ETFs. On the SMI® index there are 2 ETFs. On the SPI® index there are 3 ETFs. On the Solactive Swiss Large Cap index there are 2 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.10% p.a. and 0.52% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30

Switzerland 1 ETF 30
The Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 index tracks the 30 largest Swiss stocks. The weight of each stock is capped at 10%.
Index factsheet

MSCI Switzerland

Switzerland 3 ETFs 39
(30/09/20)
The MSCI Switzerland index tracks leading stocks on the Swiss market.
Index factsheet

MSCI Switzerland 20/35

Switzerland 3 ETFs 39
(29/11/19)
The MSCI Switzerland 20/35 index tracks leading stocks on the Swiss market. The imbedded 20/35 rule limits the weight of the largest company to 35% and all other companies to maximum 20%.
Index factsheet

SLI®

Switzerland 4 ETFs 30
The SLI® index tracks the 30 largest and most liquid stocks of the entire Swiss equity market.
Index factsheet

SMI®

Switzerland 2 ETFs 20
The SMI® index tracks the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss large and mid cap stocks.

SPI®

Switzerland 3 ETFs 205
(31/08/20)
The SPI® index tracks the performance of the Swiss equity market as a whole.
Index factsheet

Solactive Swiss Large Cap

Switzerland 2 ETFs 20
The Solactive Swiss Large Cap index tracks the 20 largest and most liquid Swiss large and mid cap stocks.
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
UBS ETF (CH) SMI (CHF) A-disCH0017142719 1,912 0.21% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
iShares SMI (CH)CH0008899764 1,897 0.35% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
iShares Core SPI (CH)CH0237935652 1,623 0.10% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Switzerland 20/35 UCITS ETF (CHF) A-accLU0977261329 1,002 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers Swiss Large Cap UCITS ETF 1DLU0274221281 887 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (CH) SPI (CHF) A-disCH0131872431 735 0.16% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (CH) SLI (CHF) A-disCH0032912732 543 0.21% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
Xtrackers Swiss Large Cap UCITS ETF 1CLU0943504760 382 0.30% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (CH) MSCI Switzerland (CHF) A-disCH0226274246 378 0.21% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
iShares SLI (CH)CH0031768937 368 0.35% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Switzerland 20/35 UCITS ETF (CHF) A-disLU0979892907 338 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares SLI UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933964 219 0.52% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044720 197 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF CHFLU1681044993 95 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
ComStage Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 Net UCITS ETFLU0392496427 59 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers SLI UCITS ETF 1DLU0322248146 58 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Switzerland 20/35 UCITS ETF (CHF) A-UKdisLU1107560036 32 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
ComStage SPI TR UCITS ETFLU0603946798 16 0.40% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 -0.20% 2.51% 15.99% 2.35% 13.19%
MSCI Switzerland 20/35 0.27% 1.90% 12.48% 2.45% 19.83%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 0.16% 1.43% 11.55% 2.83% 20.96%
MSCI Switzerland 0.32% 1.83% 12.67% 3.06% 22.73%
SPI® 0.38% 2.07% 13.69% 3.11% 19.94%
SLI® 0.01% 3.22% 18.36% 4.11% 15.32%
SMI® 0.26% 1.43% 12.91% 4.17% 22.07%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 -3.84% 29.02% -11.59% 19.46% -1.40%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap -2.01% 29.87% -7.34% 16.39% -4.53%
MSCI Switzerland 20/35 -1.91% 29.83% -8.15% 17.36% -3.58%
SLI® -1.90% 29.80% -12.04% 20.74% 0.67%
SPI® -1.72% 29.87% -8.66% 19.78% -1.53%
MSCI Switzerland -1.31% 30.87% -7.26% 18.38% -2.72%
SMI® -1.05% 29.87% -7.23% 17.78% -3.56%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/09/20; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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Alternative investment opportunities

Swiss indices on small and mid caps or dividend strategies

Alternatively, you can consider indices on small and mid caps or dividend strategies. In total you can invest in 4 alternative indices on Switzerland tracked by 6 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these alternative indices is between 0.15% p.a. and 0.45% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI 5% Issuer Capped Switzerland
Social/Environmental
2 ETFs 32
(29/05/20)
The MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI 5% Issuer Capped index tracks large, mid and small-cap stocks of the Swiss equity markets. Constituents have outstanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings. The weight of a company is limited to a maximum of 5 percent of the index capitalization.
Index factsheet
SMIM® Switzerland
Mid Cap
2 ETFs 30
The SMIM® index tracks the 30 largest and most liquid Swiss mid-cap equities.
SPI® Mid Cap Switzerland
Mid Cap
1 ETF 80
The SPI® MID index tracks the 80 largest mid-cap stocks in the Swiss equity market that are not included in the blue chip SMI® index.
SPI® Select Dividend 20 Switzerland
Dividend
1 ETF 20
The SPI® Select Dividend 20 index tracks the 20 companies with the highest dividend yield in the Swiss equity market.
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares SMIM (CH)CH0019852802 1,140 0.45% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
UBS ETF (CH) SMIM (CHF) A-disCH0111762537 810 0.27% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
iShares Swiss Dividend (CH)CH0237935637 802 0.15% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
UBS ETF (CH) SPI Mid (CHF) A-disCH0130595124 165 0.28% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
UBS ETF (CH) MSCI Switzerland IMI Socially Responsible (CHF) A-disCH0368190739 127 0.28% p.a. Distributing Switzerland Full replication
UBS ETF (CH) MSCI Switzerland IMI Socially Responsible (CHF) A-accCH0492935355 26 0.28% p.a. Accumulating Switzerland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
SPI® Select Dividend 20 -0.29% 0.01% 11.34% 0.72% 20.23%
SMIM® 0.37% 5.68% 22.65% 1.90% 9.92%
SPI® Mid Cap 1.04% 6.68% 23.50% 5.17% 13.80%
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI 5% Issuer Capped 1.43% 6.95% 24.33% 13.20% 24.09%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
SPI® Select Dividend 20 -7.65% 33.58% -4.44% 17.05% 0.10%
SMIM® -4.52% 33.18% -17.90% 32.48% 6.42%
SPI® Mid Cap -2.17% 32.44% -16.47% 30.47% 8.20%
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI 5% Issuer Capped 4.83% 33.27% -14.97% - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/09/20; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 
Alternative investment opportunities

Europe indices with a share of Switzerland

Besides Switzerland ETFs you may consider investing in ETFs on the European stock market. In total, you can invest in 2 Europe indices, which are tracked by 3 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Europe indices is between 0.35% p.a. and 0.52% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Europe ex UK Europe

Switzerland: 21.79%
(29/05/2020)
1 ETF 350
(30/09/20)
The MSCI Europe ex UK index tracks the leading stocks from European industrial countries, excluding United Kingdom.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 50 Europe

Switzerland: 20.20%
(29/05/2020)
2 ETFs 50
The STOXX® Europe 50 index tracks 50 European large cap stocks.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 1,347 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 535 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933949 157 0.52% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
STOXX® Europe 50 -1.97% -0.96% 11.49% -8.78% -5.41%
MSCI Europe ex UK -1.32% 2.83% 20.87% -3.30% -1.91%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
STOXX® Europe 50 -13.92% 22.55% -13.55% 18.85% 0.04%
MSCI Europe ex UK -8.98% 23.41% -14.07% 21.71% 1.66%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/09/20; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.