How to invest in Taiwan using ETFs

How do I invest in Taiwanese stocks?

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

On the Taiwanese stock market you find 1 index, which is tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on the Asia-Pacific region or emerging markets. However, with a share of less than 16% the weight of Taiwan is not significant.

0.45% p.a. - 0.74% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Taiwan ETFs
on the Taiwanese stock market, which is tracked by ETFs
on the Taiwanese stock market
The best indices for Taiwan ETFs

Performance of Taiwanese stocks (MSCI Taiwan)

1 month: -6.92%
1 year: -0.04%
3 years: 13.43%
5 years: 29.51%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Taiwan

For an investment in the Taiwanese stock market, 1 index tracked by 5 ETFs are available. On the MSCI Taiwan index there are 5 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.45% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Taiwan

Taiwan 5 ETFs 88
(31/03/20)
The MSCI Taiwan index tracks large and mid cap equity market performance of Taiwan.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63623 291 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI Taiwan Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0292109187 97 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF AccLU1900066033 32 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF USDIE00B3S1J086 10 0.60% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
ComStage MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETFLU0392495619 6 0.59% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Taiwan -10.72% -19.29% -7.88% -2.51% 8.31%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
MSCI Taiwan -20.23% 32.87% -8.73% 21.25% 20.47%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/03/20; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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Alternative investment opportunities

Asia-Pacific indices with a share of Taiwan

Besides Taiwan ETFs you may consider ETFs on Asia-Pacific. In total, you can invest in 4 Asia-Pacific indices, which are tracked by 11 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Asia-Pacific is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 11.48%
(31/12/2019)
2 ETFs 1,264
(31/03/20)
The MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 13.76%
(31/12/2019)
2 ETFs 1,187
(31/03/20)
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 AC Far East ex Japan Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 15.32%
(31/12/2019)
2 ETFs 1,100
(31/03/20)
The MSCI AC Far East ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the East Asian region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 15.89%
(31/12/2019)
5 ETFs 1,119
(31/03/20)
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
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 1,813 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 951 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 678 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 522 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF USDLU1681044563 455 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 447 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Index Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 412 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF AccLU1900068328 383 0.60% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 298 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 124 0.23% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF USDLU1900068674 21 0.60% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan -14.25% -21.07% -15.37% -18.59% -7.22%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -12.19% -18.58% -11.86% -16.56% -2.07%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -11.38% -17.90% -10.33% -14.75% -0.54%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan -10.77% -17.14% -9.71% -14.59% 0.20%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan -21.97% 15.89% -13.71% 29.97% 7.99%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -19.34% 16.33% -14.96% 35.20% 7.10%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -18.65% 16.40% -14.90% 36.03% 7.76%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan -17.87% 16.48% -14.95% 35.22% 8.01%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/03/20; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

Emerging markets indices with a share of Taiwan

As further alternative you may invest in ETFs on emerging markets. In total, you can consider 2 emerging markets indices tracked by 17 ETFs. The emerging markets indices weight Taiwan with less than 12%. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on emerging markets indices is between 0.14% p.a. and 0.85% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Emerging Markets Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 11.70%
(31/12/2019)
16 ETFs 1,404
(31/03/20)
The MSCI Emerging Markets index tracks stocks from emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 4.50%
(31/12/2019)
1 ETF 349
(31/03/20)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic index tracks stocks from the MSCI Emerging Markets Index which comply with Shariah investment principles. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index includes stocks from emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF 1CIE00BTJRMP35 2,157 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-accLU0950674175 2,075 0.22% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681045370 2,038 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B0M63177 1,997 0.18% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDLU1681045453 1,726 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0480132876 1,144 0.23% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets Index Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107645 952 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF C-EURFR0010429068 925 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B4L5YC18 515 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Invesco MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B3DWVS88 413 0.29% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B469F816 337 0.42% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
ComStage MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFLU0635178014 294 0.14% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SSQT16 186 0.15% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF C-USDFR0010435297 128 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI Emerging Markets SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B3Z3FS74 95 0.21% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-UKdisLU1126036976 52 0.22% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic UCITS ETFIE00B27YCP72 39 0.85% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets -15.51% -23.70% -17.27% -20.28% -
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic -13.25% -22.37% -14.73% -19.01% -5.56%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets -24.68% 16.88% -14.96% - -
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic -22.37% 18.24% -16.66% 34.96% 11.44%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/03/20; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.