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 4 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: 4.82%
1 year: 10.80%
3 years: 31.31%
5 years: 68.96%
 

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Switzerland

For an investment in the Swiss stock market, there are 4 indices available which are tracked by 7 ETFs. On the Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 index there is 1 ETF. On the MSCI Switzerland index there are 2 ETFs. On the SLI® index there are 2 ETFs. On the Solactive Swiss Large Cap index there are 2 ETFs. 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 2 ETFs 45
(31.01.24)
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

Solactive Swiss Large Cap

Switzerland 2 ETFs 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 1,285 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers Swiss Large Cap UCITS ETF 1CLU0943504760 449 0.30% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares SLI UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933964 361 0.51% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Xtrackers SLI UCITS ETF 1DLU0322248146 235 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF CHFLU1681044993 161 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044720 136 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi DJ Switzerland Titans 30 UCITS ETF DistLU2611732632 136 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Switzerland 1.33% 11.95% 1.71% 8.43% 27.60%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 0.69% 11.31% 1.81% 8.83% 27.79%
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 0.62% 13.66% 4.16% 11.72% 33.35%
SLI® 0.88% 14.14% 3.95% 12.04% 30.75%
Index   2024
in %
2023
in %
2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 0.62% 17.20% -13.69% 30.97% 4.52%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 0.69% 11.65% -12.20% 28.62% 1.60%
SLI® 0.88% 17.23% -15.59% 31.24% 4.81%
MSCI Switzerland 1.33% 11.65% -13.16% 28.18% 2.17%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.01.24; 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 61
(30.11.22)
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 172 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 -0.74% 12.17% 4.58% 10.06% -
Index   2024
in %
2023
in %
2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped -0.74% 16.49% -17.33% - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.01.24; 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 0.52% p.a..

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

Switzerland: 20.36%
(30/11/2022)
2 ETFs 459
(31.07.23)
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: 31.27%
(30/11/2022)
2 ETFs 198
(31.01.24)
The MSCI Europe ex EMU index tracks leading stocks in European countries outside of the eurozone.
Index factsheet
MSCI Europe ex UK Europe

Switzerland: 20.75%
(30/11/2022)
2 ETFs 342
(31.01.24)
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: 20.00%
(30/11/2022)
1 ETF 358
(31.08.23)
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: 21.10%
(30/11/2022)
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 1,922 0.10% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 1,488 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 574 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi ETF STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF EUR (C)FR0010790980 438 0.15% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Xtrackers S&P Europe ex UK UCITS ETFIE00BGV5VM45 425 0.09% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex UK UCITS ETF (EUR) AccumulatingIE00BK5BQY34 409 0.10% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe ex EMU UCITS ETF EUR (C)FR0010821819 304 0.30% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933949 115 0.52% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Deka STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFDE000ETFL250 74 0.19% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Invesco MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00BYX5K108 56 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
Deka MSCI Europe ex EMU UCITS ETFDE000ETFL458 3 0.30% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Europe ex EMU 0.91% 10.27% 4.17% 9.29% 35.64%
MSCI Europe ex UK 1.90% 13.61% 4.29% 11.63% 32.41%
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK 1.79% 13.66% 4.49% 11.90% 32.43%
STOXX® Europe 50 3.00% 10.81% 4.59% 12.24% 47.92%
S&P Europe ex UK 2.06% 14.07% 4.94% 12.50% 33.31%
Index   2024
in %
2023
in %
2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
MSCI Europe ex EMU 0.91% 12.57% -6.74% 27.82% -6.18%
S&P Europe ex UK 1.69% 18.42% -12.94% 25.29% 2.36%
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK 1.79% 18.11% -12.73% 24.91% 2.57%
MSCI Europe ex UK 1.90% 17.70% -12.70% 24.45% 1.61%
STOXX® Europe 50 3.00% 15.04% -2.33% 26.55% -6.30%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.01.24; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.