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 3 indices which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can consider indices on Europe.

0,25% p.a. - 0,30% 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: 4,54%
1 year: -2,80%
3 years: 40,66%
5 years: 55,79%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Switzerland

For an investment in the Swiss stock market, there are 3 indices available which are tracked by 4 ETFs. On the MSCI Switzerland index there are 2 ETFs. On the SLI® 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 0,30% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Switzerland

Suiza 2 ETFs 41
(29/7/22)
The MSCI Switzerland index tracks leading stocks on the Swiss market.
Index factsheet

SLI®

Suiza 1 ETF 30
The SLI® index tracks the 30 largest and most liquid stocks of the entire Swiss equity market.
Index factsheet

Solactive Swiss Large Cap

Suiza 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 912 0,30% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Amundi ETF MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF CHFLU1681044993 498 0,25% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
Xtrackers SLI UCITS ETF 1DLU0322248146 194 0,25% p.a. Distribución Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044720 156 0,25% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Swap sin fondos
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
SLI® 7,64% -2,66% -3,47% -0,63% 36,49%
MSCI Switzerland 7,33% -2,66% -0,19% 2,68% 31,74%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 6,24% -3,20% -0,05% 3,85% 32,25%
Index   2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
SLI® -9,74% 31,34% 5,05% 33,57% -9,24%
MSCI Switzerland -6,66% 27,92% 2,16% 34,63% -4,79%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap -6,56% 28,62% 1,60% 34,31% -3,54%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/7/22; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest Switzerland ETFs
by total expense ratio (TER)

Show all
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 Suiza
Social/Medioambiental
1 ETF 62
(31/3/22)
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 59 0,28% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
 
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 7,16% -3,16% -3,90% -3,46% -
Index   2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped -10,72% - - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/7/22; 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 7 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Europe indices is between 0,09% p.a. and 0,40% p.a..

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

Switzerland: 20,61%
(31/05/2022)
2 ETFs 468
(31/3/22)
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 UK Europa

Switzerland: 20,88%
(31/05/2022)
3 ETFs 347
(29/7/22)
The MSCI Europe ex UK index tracks the leading stocks from European industrial countries, excluding United Kingdom.
Index factsheet
S&P Europe ex UK Europa

Switzerland: 20,20%
(31/05/2022)
1 ETF 376
(31/3/22)
The S&P Europe ex UK index tracks European stocks in developed markets, except stocks from the UK.
Index factsheet
STOXX® Europe 50 Europa

Switzerland: 21,80%
(31/05/2022)
1 ETF 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 1.496 0,11% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 1.057 0,40% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Optimizada muestreo
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 519 0,35% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Xtrackers S&P Europe ex UK UCITS ETFIE00BGV5VM45 428 0,09% p.a. Distribución Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex UK UCITS ETF (EUR) AccumulatingIE00BK5BQY34 213 0,11% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Replicación física perfecta
Invesco MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00BYX5K108 97 0,20% p.a. Acumulación Irlanda Swap sin fondos
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe ex UK UCITS ETF DR EURLU1681043326 5 0,12% p.a. Acumulación Luxemburgo Replicación física perfecta
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK 8,02% -1,95% -6,35% -5,71% 23,19%
S&P Europe ex UK 8,28% -1,76% -6,28% -5,66% 23,41%
MSCI Europe ex UK 8,00% -1,70% -6,12% -5,40% 22,32%
STOXX® Europe 50 6,23% -0,80% -0,32% 5,77% 24,50%
Index   2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
S&P Europe ex UK -11,01% 25,29% 2,36% - -
MSCI Europe ex UK -10,96% 24,45% 1,61% 28,12% -10,76%
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK -10,88% 24,91% 2,57% 27,09% -10,52%
STOXX® Europe 50 -2,59% 26,55% -6,30% 27,24% -10,21%

Source: justETF.com; As of 31/7/22; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.