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: -1,22%
1 year: 13,04%
3 years: 21,47%
5 years: 60,65%
 

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 5 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 are 2 ETFs. 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

Zwitserland 2 ETFs 45
(28-06-2024)
The MSCI Switzerland index tracks leading stocks on the Swiss market.
Index factsheet

SLI®

Zwitserland 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

Zwitserland 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 1.314 0,30% p.a. Distribueren Luxemburg Volledige replicatie
Xtrackers Swiss Large Cap UCITS ETF 1CLU0943504760 487 0,30% p.a. Accumulerend Luxemburg Volledige replicatie
Xtrackers SLI UCITS ETF 1DLU0322248146 291 0,25% p.a. Distribueren Luxemburg Volledige replicatie
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF CHFLU1681044993 197 0,25% p.a. Accumulerend Luxemburg Niet-gefinancierde swap
Amundi MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044720 138 0,25% p.a. Accumulerend Luxemburg Niet-gefinancierde swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Switzerland 2,22% 3,95% 4,74% 7,71% 15,48%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 2,52% 4,01% 4,80% 7,80% 17,63%
SLI® 1,91% 3,32% 7,00% 13,58% 20,99%
Index   2024
in %
2023
in %
2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
MSCI Switzerland 4,74% 11,65% -13,16% 28,18% 2,17%
Solactive Swiss Large Cap 4,80% 11,65% -12,20% 28,62% 1,60%
SLI® 7,00% 17,46% -15,50% 31,34% 5,05%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30-06-2024; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest Switzerland ETFs
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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 Zwitserland
Sociaal/Milieu
1 ETF 61
(30-11-2022)
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 179 0,28% p.a. Accumulerend Luxemburg Volledige replicatie
 
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 1,79% 3,28% 4,65% 13,34% 13,61%
Index   2024
in %
2023
in %
2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
MSCI Switzerland IMI Extended SRI Low Carbon Select 5% Issuer Capped 4,65% 16,49% -17,33% - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30-06-2024; 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 8 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 Europa

Switzerland: 20.36%
(30/11/2022)
2 ETFs 459
(31-07-2023)
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: 20.75%
(30/11/2022)
2 ETFs 339
(28-06-2024)
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: 20.00%
(30/11/2022)
1 ETF 358
(31-08-2023)
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: 21.10%
(30/11/2022)
3 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 2.095 0,10% p.a. Distribueren Ierland Volledige replicatie
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 990 0,40% p.a. Distribueren Ierland Geoptimaliseerde sampling
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 631 0,35% p.a. Distribueren Ierland Volledige replicatie
Xtrackers S&P Europe ex UK UCITS ETFIE00BGV5VM45 612 0,09% p.a. Distribueren Ierland Volledige replicatie
Vanguard FTSE Developed Europe ex UK UCITS ETF (EUR) AccumulatingIE00BK5BQY34 533 0,10% p.a. Accumulerend Ierland Volledige replicatie
Amundi ETF STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF EUR (C)FR0010790980 519 0,15% p.a. Accumulerend Frankrijk Niet-gefinancierde swap
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETF (DE)DE0005933949 119 0,52% p.a. Distribueren Duitsland Volledige replicatie
Invesco MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00BYX5K108 63 0,20% p.a. Accumulerend Ierland Niet-gefinancierde swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Europe ex UK -0,77% 0,56% 8,91% 13,53% 21,38%
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK -0,79% 0,48% 8,92% 13,98% 21,45%
S&P Europe ex UK -0,69% 0,41% 9,44% 14,52% 22,35%
STOXX® Europe 50 0,68% 2,46% 12,01% 15,20% 38,41%
Index   2024
in %
2023
in %
2022
in %
2021
in %
2020
in %
MSCI Europe ex UK 8,91% 17,70% -12,70% 24,45% 1,61%
FTSE Developed Europe ex UK 8,92% 18,11% -12,73% 24,91% 2,57%
S&P Europe ex UK 9,04% 18,42% -12,94% 25,29% 2,36%
STOXX® Europe 50 12,01% 15,04% -2,33% 26,55% -6,30%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30-06-2024; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.