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'll find 5 indices which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can consider indices on Europe.

0.25% p.a. - 0.51% 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: 2.52%
1 year: 27.80%
3 years: 48.42%
5 years: 78.55%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Switzerland

For an investment in the Swiss stock market, there are 5 indices available which are tracked by 6 ETFs. On the Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 index there is 1 ETF. On the MSCI Switzerland index there is 1 ETF. On the SLI® index there are 2 ETFs. On the SPI® index there is 1 ETF. On the Solactive Swiss Large Cap index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.25% p.a. and 0.51% 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 1 ETF 40
(30.06.21)
The MSCI Switzerland index tracks leading stocks on the Swiss market.
Index factsheet

SLI®

Switzerland 2 ETFs 30
The SLI® index tracks the 30 largest and most liquid stocks of the entire Swiss equity market.
Index factsheet

SPI®

Switzerland 1 ETF 205
(30.06.21)
The SPI® index tracks the performance of the Swiss equity market as a whole.
Index factsheet

Solactive Swiss Large Cap

Switzerland 1 ETF 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 EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers Swiss Large Cap UCITS ETF 1DLU0274221281 808 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
iShares SLI UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933964 255 0.51% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044720 138 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers SLI UCITS ETF 1DLU0322248146 110 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor DJ Switzerland Titans 30 (DR) UCITS ETFLU0392496427 81 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor SPI UCITS ETFLU0603946798 17 0.40% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 4.39% 9.53% 12.24% 15.70% 55.64%
MSCI Switzerland 4.37% 9.80% 13.11% 17.46% 54.13%
SPI® 3.88% 9.24% 13.09% 18.34% 51.56%
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 3.46% 9.17% 14.89% 24.79% 51.55%
SLI® 3.36% 9.18% 15.40% 26.44% 50.96%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 12.34% 1.60% 34.31% -3.54% 6.95%
SPI® 13.08% 2.23% 34.08% -5.52% 8.52%
MSCI Switzerland 13.09% 2.18% 34.44% -4.80% 7.27%
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 14.84% 4.06% 33.43% -7.85% 9.63%
SLI® 15.33% 4.81% 33.44% -9.29% 9.11%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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Alternative investment opportunities

Switzerland indices that follow a certain equity strategy

Alternatively, you can consider indices on small and mid caps or dividend strategies. In total you can invest in 1 alternative index on Switzerland tracked by 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these alternative indices is around 0.28% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped Switzerland
Social/Environmental
1 ETF 33
(30.06.21)
The MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped index tracks large, mid and small cap stocks of the Swiss equity markets. The index only considers companies with high Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) ratings relative to their sector peers, to ensure the inclusion of the best of class companies from an ESG perspective. The weight of each company is capped to 5%.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Switzerland IMI Socially Responsible UCITS ETF (CHF) A-accLU2250132763 14 0.28% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped 1.88% 9.47% - - -
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped - - - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR 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 5 Europe indices, which are tracked by 11 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Europe indices is between 0.09% p.a. and 0.51% p.a..

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

Switzerland: 18.71%
(31/03/2021)
2 ETFs 456
(30.06.21)
The FTSE Developed Europe ex UK index tracks large and mid cap stocks from developed countries in Europe excluding the UK.
Index factsheet
MSCI Europe ex EMU Europe

Switzerland: 30.51%
(31/03/2021)
2 ETFs 197
(30.06.21)
The MSCI Europe ex EMU index tracks leading stocks in European countries outside of the eurozone.
Index factsheet
MSCI Europe ex UK Europe

Switzerland: 18.92%
(31/03/2021)
2 ETFs 348
(30.06.21)
The MSCI Europe ex UK index tracks the leading stocks from European industrial countries, excluding United Kingdom.
Index factsheet
S&P Europe ex UK Europe

Switzerland: 17.70%
(31/03/2021)
1 ETF 372
(30.06.21)
The S&P Europe ex UK index tracks European stocks in developed markets, except stocks from the UK.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 50 Europe

Switzerland: 19.60%
(31/03/2021)
4 ETFs 50
The STOXX® Europe 50 index tracks 50 European large cap stocks.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex UK UCITS ETF DistributingIE00BKX55S42 1,537 0.11% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 1,432 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers S&P Europe ex UK UCITS ETFIE00BGV5VM45 619 0.09% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 564 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi ETF STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF EUR (C)FR0010790980 400 0.15% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe ex EMU UCITS ETF EUR (C)FR0010821819 201 0.30% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex UK UCITS ETF (EUR) AccumulatingIE00BK5BQY34 165 0.11% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933949 106 0.51% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Invesco MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00BYX5K108 89 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
Deka STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFDE000ETFL250 42 0.19% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Deka MSCI Europe ex EMU UCITS ETFDE000ETFL458 40 0.30% 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 1.53% 6.43% 14.71% 20.53% 25.53%
MSCI Europe ex EMU 1.93% 6.73% 15.15% 24.95% 25.59%
MSCI Europe ex UK 1.37% 6.84% 14.97% 29.00% 34.81%
S&P Europe ex UK 1.48% 6.97% 15.24% 29.35% -
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK 1.37% 7.08% 15.21% 29.68% 36.06%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
STOXX® Europe 50 14.56% -6.30% 27.24% -10.21% 9.05%
MSCI Europe ex EMU 14.61% -6.18% 26.24% -8.57% 7.75%
MSCI Europe ex UK 14.74% 1.61% 28.12% -10.76% 11.64%
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK 14.81% 2.57% 27.09% -10.52% 12.17%
S&P Europe ex UK 15.53% 2.36% - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.