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 20% the weight of Taiwan is not significant.

0.60% 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: -3.68%
1 year: 16.91%
3 years: 33.60%
5 years: 60.44%

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 0.60% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Taiwan

Taiwan 5 ETFs 89
(30/06/17)
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 357 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
db x-trackers MSCI Taiwan Index UCITS ETF (DR) 1CLU0292109187 121 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF C-EURFR0010444786 43 0.65% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF USDIE00B3S1J086 11 0.60% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
ComStage MSCI Taiwan TRN UCITS ETFLU0392495619 6 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 Taiwan -4.29% 2.13% 7.78% 20.08% 29.42%
Index   2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
MSCI Taiwan 21.36% 20.47% -11.97% 20.79% 5.29%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/17; 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 10 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: 11.54%
(31/10/2016)
1 ETF 716
(30/06/17)
The MSCI AC (All Cap) 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: 14.58%
(31/10/2016)
2 ETFs 639
(30/06/17)
The MSCI AC (All Cap) 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: 16.20%
(31/10/2016)
2 ETFs 556
(30/06/17)
The MSCI AC (All Cap) 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: 17.51%
(31/10/2016)
5 ETFs 567
(30/06/17)
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 2,365 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF EURFR0011020965 1,440 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
db x-trackers MSCI EM Asia Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 888 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
db x-trackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 685 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF USDFR0011018316 511 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 459 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF C-EURFR0010312124 394 0.60% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 376 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 232 0.60% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 77 0.37% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan -0.78% 6.85% 12.95% 25.49% 24.67%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -0.11% 8.30% 15.00% 30.71% 29.84%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan 0.11% 8.55% 15.57% 30.90% 31.71%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -0.98% 7.62% 14.81% 31.29% 30.78%
Index   2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan 27.03% 7.99% -9.84% 13.65% -0.18%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 33.14% 7.10% -9.49% 15.59% -0.69%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 33.28% 7.76% -9.93% 16.31% -1.55%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan 33.63% 8.01% -9.70% 13.77% -0.17%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/17; 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 14 ETFs. The emerging markets indices weight Taiwan with less than 20%. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on emerging markets indices is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.85% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Emerging Markets Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 12.28%
(31/10/2016)
13 ETFs 845
(30/06/17)
The MSCI Emerging Markets index tracks stocks from emerging markets world wide (end of day).
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 6.05%
(31/10/2016)
1 ETF 251
(30/06/17)
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 world wide.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m CHF
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B0M63177 5,747 0.75% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI Emerging Markets SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B3Z3FS74 2,717 0.22% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDFR0010959692 2,146 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
db x-trackers MSCI Emerging Markets Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107645 2,095 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0480132876 1,096 0.45% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B4L5YC18 1,039 0.68% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
db x-trackers MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (DR) 1CIE00BTJRMP35 695 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Source MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF AIE00B3DWVS88 446 0.29% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SSQT16 388 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B469F816 324 0.42% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
ComStage MSCI Emerging Markets TRN UCITS ETFLU0635178014 268 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF C-USDFR0010435297 251 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic UCITS ETFIE00B27YCP72 43 0.85% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-UKdisLU1126036976 24 0.45% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets -0.72% 6.26% 13.31% 28.34% 20.53%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic -1.29% 7.39% 14.81% 33.48% 19.40%
Index   2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets 27.74% 13.13% -14.94% 8.05% -6.57%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic 32.43% 11.44% -15.94% 1.84% -11.66%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/17; Calculations in CHF based on the largest ETF of the respective index.