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 1 index, which is tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you can consider indices on Europe. These indices weight Switzerland with up to 28%.

0.25% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Switzerland ETFs
on the Swiss stock market, which is tracked by ETFs
on the Swiss stock market
The best indices for Switzerland ETFs

Performance of Swiss stocks (SLI®)

1 month: -2.50%
1 year: -8.01%
3 years: 26.56%
5 years: 40.65%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Switzerland

For an investment in the Swiss stock market, 1 index tracked by 1 ETF is available. On the MSCI Switzerland index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is around 0.25% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Switzerland

Switzerland 1 ETF 38
(31/08/18)
The MSCI Switzerland index tracks around 40 leading stocks on the Swiss market.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Amundi ETF MSCI Switzerland UCITS ETF - CHFLU1681044993 54 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Switzerland 1.72% -1.93% 7.91% 3.23% 32.41%
Index   2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
MSCI Switzerland 1.83% 11.36% 13.37% 5.52% 6.20%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/18; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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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 3 Europe indices, which are tracked by 14 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Europe indices is between 0.12% p.a. and 0.40% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Europe Europe
Switzerland: 12.64%
(29/12/2017)
10 ETFs 446
(31/08/18)
The MSCI Europe (total return) index tracks the leading stocks from 15 European industrial countries.
Index factsheet
MSCI Europe ex UK Europe
Switzerland: 17.56%
(29/12/2017)
3 ETFs 345
(31/08/18)
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%
(29/12/2017)
1 ETF 50
The STOXX® Europe 50 (total return) index tracks 50 European large cap stocks.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Dist)IE00B1YZSC51 3,758 0.12% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI Europe Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0274209237 2,097 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Amundi MSCI Europe UCITS ETF - EUR (C)LU1681042609 1,754 0.15% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00B14X4N27 1,651 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Europe UCITS ETF D-EURFR0010261198 1,584 0.25% p.a. Distributing France Unfunded swap
iShares Core MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EUR (Acc)IE00B4K48X80 781 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares STOXX Europe 50 UCITS ETFIE0008470928 524 0.35% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
SPDR MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00BKWQ0Q14 467 0.25% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Invesco MSCI Europe UCITS ETFIE00B60SWY32 460 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Europe UCITS ETF (EUR) A-disLU0446734104 238 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
HSBC MSCI Europe UCITS ETF EURIE00B5BD5K76 124 0.20% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe ex UK UCITS ETF - EURLU1681043326 11 0.30% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Invesco MSCI Europe ex-UK UCITS ETFIE00BYX5K108 7 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
Xtrackers ESG MSCI Europe UCITS ETF 1CIE00BFMNHK08 5 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Europe ex UK 0.92% -7.72% -3.72% -4.53% 30.69%
MSCI Europe 0.78% -7.13% -4.45% -3.27% 28.46%
STOXX® Europe 50 1.52% -4.82% -2.01% -2.77% 25.12%
Index   2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
MSCI Europe ex UK -4.87% 15.71% 19.65% 4.43% -0.37%
MSCI Europe -4.80% 14.28% 19.78% 1.96% -0.17%
STOXX® Europe 50 -4.30% 13.06% 17.71% 0.37% -0.79%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/18; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.