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: 5.12%
1 year: 30.94%
3 years: 39.12%
5 years: 74.92%

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
(31/07/20)
The MSCI Taiwan index tracks large and mid cap equity market performance of Taiwan.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63623 361 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF 1CLU0292109187 99 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900066033 42 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Taiwan Capped UCITS ETF USDIE00B3S1J086 12 0.60% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF - DistLU2090063327 5 0.45% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Taiwan 7.68% 11.33% 9.41% 25.93% 37.81%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
MSCI Taiwan 4.89% 37.95% -5.23% 11.27% 21.56%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/07/20; Calculations in EUR 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 0.12% 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)
1 ETF 1,253
(31/07/20)
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)
3 ETFs 1,182
(31/07/20)
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 1,093
(31/07/20)
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 1,120
(31/07/20)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Asian emerging markets.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 1,967 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 1,012 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 800 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 671 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068328 489 0.60% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 474 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 460 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 436 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068161 424 0.50% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 137 0.23% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 85 0.12% 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 2.42% 7.59% -1.79% 1.81% 9.78%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 2.46% 6.43% 0.42% 4.86% 11.22%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan 2.30% 7.36% 2.22% 6.59% 13.02%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 4.13% 9.53% 3.61% 9.53% 15.14%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan -5.17% 20.31% -10.40% 19.27% 8.95%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -3.25% 20.32% -11.47% 24.22% 8.07%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan -1.93% 20.95% -11.69% 24.08% 8.98%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -0.54% 20.85% -11.64% 24.79% 8.79%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/07/20; Calculations in EUR 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 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)
13 ETFs 1,385
(31/07/20)
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 325
(31/07/20)
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 EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF 1CIE00BTJRMP35 2,364 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI EM UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B0M63177 2,142 0.18% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681045370 2,015 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0480132876 1,394 0.23% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107645 949 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF - Acc EURFR0010429068 928 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI EM UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B4L5YC18 578 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Invesco MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B3DWVS88 426 0.29% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
ComStage MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFLU0635178014 354 0.14% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B469F816 350 0.42% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SSQT16 251 0.15% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi Index MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF DR EUR (D)LU1737652583 244 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic UCITS ETFIE00B27YCP72 44 0.85% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Deka MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFDE000ETFL342 41 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Germany Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets 2.94% 8.12% -4.02% -0.02% 6.84%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic 5.99% 10.75% 0.10% 6.98% 10.84%
Index   2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets -8.03% 20.90% -11.48% - -
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic -3.44% 22.73% -13.44% 23.86% 12.49%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/07/20; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.