The best Asia ETFs

How do I invest in Asian stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole Asian 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 Asian stocks. Currently, there are 22 ETFs available.

The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs tracking stocks from Asia is between 0.12% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

 
0.12% p.a. - 0.74% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Asia ETFs
tracking stocks from Asia, which are tracked by ETFs
that track a broadly diversified Asia index
 
The best indices for Asia ETFs

How do I invest in companies from Asia and the Pacific region?

Investing in the Asian stock market can be very easy and cost-effective by using a single ETF that tracks a broadly diversified index that is weighted by market capitalisation.

The available Asia ETFs differ significantly in some cases. The Japanese stock market has been highly developed for decades and plays a leading role worldwide. As a consequence, there are a lot of Japan ETFs available. Covering Japan with one of these ETFs, for example on the MSCI Japan or the Nikkei 225, can therefore be done very easily and at low cost. Index providers take this into account, which is why Japan is excluded from most indices covering Asian markets. Moreover, the available ETFs differ in whether only developed markets, only emerging markets or both types are tracked. Furthermore, some indices cover the Pacific region in addition to Asia.

This curated investment guide allows you to compare both the available ETFs and the underlying indices on Asia and the Pacific region and to select an ETF that fits your preferences best.

In our ETF screener, you will find additional Asia ETFs, like sustainable Asia-Pacific ETFs and dividend ETFs on Asia. Furthermore, you can monitor the performance of various Asia and Pacific indices with our market overview “ETF Asia-Pacific”.
 

Performance of broadly diversified Asia indices in comparison

Source: justETF Research; As of 17.06.21; Performance over 1 year in EUR.

 

Indices in comparison

Indices on stocks from Asia

The best indices for Asia ETFs

For an investment in stocks from Asia, there are 8 indices available that are tracked by 22 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.12% p.a. and 0.74% 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 Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacific 2 ETFs 397
(31.05.21)
The FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan index tracks large and mid cap stocks from developed countries in the Asia Pacifc region excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacific 1 ETF 1,286
(31.05.21)
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 3 ETFs 1,216
(31.05.21)
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 2 ETFs 1,112
(31.05.21)
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 6 ETFs 1,160
(31.05.21)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Asian emerging markets.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Far East Asia Pacific 1 ETF 1,056
(31.05.21)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Far East index tracks the largest companies in China (as accessible through the Hong Kong market), Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand.
Index factsheet
MSCI Pacific Asia Pacific 1 ETF 398
(31.05.21)
The MSCI Pacific index tracks the equity markets of the developed markets in the Pacific region.
Index factsheet
MSCI Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacific 6 ETFs 126
(31.05.21)
The MSCI Pacific index tracks the equity markets of the developed markets in the Pacific region excluding Japan (Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand).
Index factsheet
Index 1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
MSCI Pacific 0.74% 2.40% 7.24% 19.67% 15.87% 44.57%
MSCI Pacific ex Japan 0.58% 6.21% 14.51% 33.58% 20.16% 52.19%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan -1.10% -1.16% 9.71% 35.17% 25.48% 80.42%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan -0.16% 1.21% 11.40% 36.54% 25.92% 71.44%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -0.26% -0.16% 10.88% 36.65% 25.94% 78.21%
MSCI Emerging Markets Far East -1.61% -2.23% 9.03% 36.71% 29.41% 89.98%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -0.36% -0.23% 10.73% 38.21% 29.65% 85.79%
FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan 0.68% 5.81% 17.19% 43.87% 26.61% 68.51%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.05.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

ETFs in comparison

ETFs tracking stocks from Asia

All Asia ETFs in comparison

In the table below we have listed the currently available Asia 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 EUR
TER
in %
Inception date Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B52MJY50 2,720 0.20% p.a. 12.01.10 Accumulating Ireland Full replication
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 1,887 0.74% p.a. 28.10.05 Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 1,625 0.20% p.a. 22.03.18 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 1,373 0.20% p.a. 06.08.10 Accumulating Ireland Full replication
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 1,273 0.55% p.a. 13.05.11 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B9F5YL18 821 0.15% p.a. 21.05.13 Distributing Ireland Full replication
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068328 691 0.60% p.a. 26.04.06 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252338 605 0.25% p.a. 20.01.09 Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 554 0.45% p.a. 27.09.13 Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 550 0.65% p.a. 20.01.09 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068161 406 0.50% p.a. 03.10.08 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 343 0.65% p.a. 21.06.07 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B4WXJD03 256 0.60% p.a. 17.04.09 Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1DLU2296661775 254 0.35% p.a. 03.03.21 Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI Pacific UCITS ETFLU0392495023 222 0.45% p.a. 05.12.08 Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SG8Z57 198 0.15% p.a. 03.09.10 Distributing Ireland Full replication
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 185 0.23% p.a. 20.08.12 Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 182 0.12% p.a. 05.03.18 Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0446734526 108 0.30% p.a. 02.10.09 Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF AccIE00BK5BQZ41 87 0.15% p.a. 24.09.19 Accumulating Ireland Full replication
HSBC MSCI EM Far East UCITS ETF USDIE00B5LP3W10 26 0.60% p.a. 24.09.10 Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - DistLU1220245556 24 0.12% p.a. 29.04.15 Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
ETF
ISIN
1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
iShares Core MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B52MJY50 0.58% 6.21% 14.51% 33.58% 20.16% 52.19%
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 -1.10% -1.16% 9.71% 35.17% 25.48% 80.42%
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 -0.36% -0.23% 10.73% 38.21% 29.65% 85.79%
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 0.00% -0.38% 10.86% 38.21% 29.45% 84.70%
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 0.10% -0.23% 11.04% 38.72% 30.11% 86.93%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B9F5YL18 0.68% 5.81% 17.19% 43.87% 26.61% 68.51%
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068328 -0.16% 1.21% 11.40% 36.54% 25.92% 71.44%
Xtrackers MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252338 0.58% 6.18% 14.39% 33.28% 19.35% 50.28%
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 -1.24% -1.26% 9.69% 35.64% 26.82% 82.74%
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 -0.26% -0.16% 10.88% 36.65% 25.94% 78.21%
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068161 -0.39% 0.19% 10.92% 36.87% 25.63% 77.41%
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 -0.37% -0.79% 10.36% 37.36% 28.56% 83.89%
iShares MSCI Pacific ex-Japan UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B4WXJD03 0.55% 6.07% 14.20% 33.02% 18.80% 49.21%
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1DLU2296661775 -0.21% - - - - -
Lyxor MSCI Pacific UCITS ETFLU0392495023 0.74% 2.40% 7.24% 19.67% 15.87% 44.57%
HSBC MSCI Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SG8Z57 2.01% 7.66% 16.00% 35.35% 21.33% 52.74%
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 0.20% 0.35% 11.54% 37.74% 26.92% 78.35%
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 0.27% 0.00% 11.40% 39.08% 31.06% -
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Pacific (ex Japan) UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0446734526 1.10% 6.69% 14.91% 34.09% 20.44% 52.00%
Vanguard FTSE Developed Asia Pacific ex Japan UCITS ETF AccIE00BK5BQZ41 0.67% 5.82% 17.24% 43.89% - -
HSBC MSCI EM Far East UCITS ETF USDIE00B5LP3W10 -1.61% -2.23% 9.03% 36.71% 29.41% 89.98%
Lyxor MSCI Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF - DistLU1220245556 1.12% 6.72% 14.94% 34.14% 20.96% 53.03%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.05.21