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 find 5 indices, which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can consider indices on Europe. These indices weight Switzerland with up to 30%.

0.25% p.a. - 0.52% 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: -1.45%
1 year: 7.44%
3 years: 28.09%
5 years: 41.56%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Switzerland

For an investment in the Swiss stock market, 5 indices tracked by 6 ETFs are available. 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 0.52% 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 38
(31.03.19)
The MSCI Switzerland index tracks around 40 leading stocks on the Swiss market.
Index factsheet

SLI®

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

SPI®

Switzerland 1 ETF 205
(31.03.19)
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.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers Swiss Large Cap UCITS ETF 1DLU0274221281 626 0.30% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF - EUR (C)LU1681044720 248 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares SLI UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933964 224 0.52% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
ComStage Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 Net TR UCITS ETFLU0392496427 40 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Xtrackers SLI UCITS ETF 1DLU0322248146 40 0.35% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
ComStage SPI TR UCITS ETFLU0603946798 24 0.40% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
SLI® 0.50% 4.03% 15.64% 8.31% 30.35%
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 0.81% 4.88% 15.99% 9.83% 31.70%
SPI® 1.28% 6.06% 17.59% 14.84% 29.51%
MSCI Switzerland 1.57% 6.69% 18.06% 17.04% 30.04%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 1.47% 6.71% 18.19% 18.48% 30.34%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
SLI® 21.87% -9.29% 9.11% 0.70% 13.61%
Dow Jones Switzerland Titans 30 21.89% -7.85% 9.63% -0.71% 13.29%
SPI® 23.64% -5.52% 8.52% -2.05% 12.75%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 23.99% -3.54% 6.95% -3.86% 11.76%
MSCI Switzerland 24.88% -4.80% 7.27% -2.29% 11.58%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.07.19; 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 4 Europe indices, which are tracked by 21 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Europe indices is between 0.12% p.a. and 0.52% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Europe Europe
Switzerland: 14.16%
(31/03/2019)
13 ETFs 439
(31.03.19)
The MSCI Europe index tracks the leading stocks from 16 European developed countries.
Index factsheet
MSCI Europe ex EMU Europe
Switzerland: 28.60%
(31/03/2019)
2 ETFs 193
(31.03.19)
The MSCI Europe ex EMU indext tracks almost 200 leading stocks in European countries outside of the Eurozone.
Index factsheet
MSCI Europe ex UK Europe
Switzerland: 19.45%
(31/03/2019)
2 ETFs 343
(31.03.19)
The MSCI Europe ex UK index tracks the leading stocks from European industrial countries, excluding United Kingdom.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 50 Europe
Switzerland: 18.60%
(31/03/2019)
4 ETFs 50
The STOXX® Europe 50 (total return) 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
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE00B1YZSC51 5,467 0.12% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Europe UCITS ETF - EUR (C)LU1681042609 2,279 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI Europe Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0274209237 2,241 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B4K48X80 1,483 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 1,327 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Europe UCITS ETF D-EURFR0010261198 1,326 0.25% p.a. Distributing France Full replication
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 622 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI Europe Index UCITS ETF 1DLU1242369327 541 0.12% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
SPDR MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00BKWQ0Q14 530 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Invesco MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00B60SWY32 432 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Europe UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0446734104 293 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Deka MSCI Europe UCITS ETFDE000ETFL284 253 0.30% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Amundi ETF STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF - EUR (C)FR0010790980 218 0.15% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe ex EMU UCITS ETF - EUR (C)FR0010821819 177 0.30% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933949 117 0.52% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
HSBC MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EURDE000A1C22L5 117 0.20% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi Index MSCI Europe UCITS ETF - EUR (D)LU1737652310 39 0.15% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Deka MSCI Europe ex EMU UCITS ETFDE000ETFL458 34 0.30% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
Deka STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFDE000ETFL250 31 0.20% p.a. Distributing Germany Full replication
ComStage MSCI Europe TRN UCITS ETFLU0392494646 12 0.25% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Invesco MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00BYX5K108 9 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Europe 0.33% -0.25% 10.13% 1.89% 23.39%
MSCI Europe ex UK 0.25% 0.50% 11.25% 2.30% 25.67%
STOXX® Europe 50 0.03% 0.46% 12.40% 3.82% 22.33%
MSCI Europe ex EMU 0.42% 0.00% 9.79% 4.35% 19.65%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
MSCI Europe ex EMU 16.46% -8.57% 7.75% 0.79% 7.05%
MSCI Europe 16.91% -10.42% 10.29% 2.66% 8.23%
MSCI Europe ex UK 17.94% -10.76% 11.64% 2.60% 10.77%
STOXX® Europe 50 18.05% -10.21% 9.05% 0.93% 6.49%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31.07.19; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.