How to invest in Taiwan using ETFs

How do I invest in Taiwanese stocks?

The easiest way to invest in the whole Taiwanese stock market is to invest in a broad market index. This can be done at low cost by using ETFs.

On the Taiwanese stock market you find 1 index, which is tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on the Asia-Pacific region or emerging markets. However, with a share of less than 20% the weight of Taiwan is not significant.

0.60% p.a. - 0.74% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of Taiwan ETFs
on the Taiwanese stock market, which is tracked by ETFs
on the Taiwanese stock market
The best indices for Taiwan ETFs

Performance of Taiwanese stocks (MSCI Taiwan)

1 month: 6.43%
1 year: 14.29%
3 years: 63.79%
5 years: 100.43%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on Taiwan

For an investment in the Taiwanese stock market, 1 index tracked by 4 ETFs are available. On the MSCI Taiwan index there are 4 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.60% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Taiwan

Taiwan 4 ETFs 89
(30/06/17)
The MSCI Taiwan index tracks large and mid cap equity market performance of Taiwan.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63623 400 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
db x-trackers MSCI Taiwan Index UCITS ETF (DR) 1CLU0292109187 86 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF C-EURFR0010444786 37 0.65% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF USDIE00B3S1J086 12 0.60% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Taiwan -6.86% -2.43% 1.06% 15.24% 54.33%
Index   2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
MSCI Taiwan 12.11% 41.81% -7.95% 15.22% 5.74%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/09/17; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest Taiwan ETFs
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Alternative investment opportunities

Asia-Pacific indices with a share of Taiwan

Besides Taiwan ETFs you may consider ETFs on Asia-Pacific. In total, you can invest in 4 Asia-Pacific indices, which are tracked by 9 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Asia-Pacific is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 11.54%
(31/10/2016)
1 ETF 716
(30/06/17)
The MSCI AC (All Cap) Asia Pacific ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 14.58%
(31/10/2016)
2 ETFs 639
(30/06/17)
The MSCI AC (All Cap) Asia ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the Asia region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 16.20%
(31/10/2016)
2 ETFs 556
(30/06/17)
The MSCI AC (All Cap) Far East ex Japan index tracks equity markets of the emerging and developed countries of the East Asian region, excluding Japan.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia Asia Pacific
Taiwan: 17.51%
(31/10/2016)
4 ETFs 567
(30/06/17)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Asian emerging markets.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI AC Far East ex-Japan UCITS ETFIE00B0M63730 1,792 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
db x-trackers MSCI EM Asia Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 650 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
db x-trackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 521 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 330 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF C-EURFR0010312124 313 0.60% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 289 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF USDFR0011018316 235 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 178 0.60% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 50 0.37% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan -3.80% 2.26% 3.36% 16.45% 43.80%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan -3.65% 3.21% 6.64% 18.09% 48.51%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan -3.31% 3.64% 7.53% 18.94% 50.35%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia -3.65% 3.59% 7.33% 19.20% 48.90%
Index   2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan 15.87% 27.08% -5.73% 8.46% 0.27%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 19.96% 26.11% -5.38% 10.26% -0.24%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan 20.59% 27.11% -5.57% 8.54% 0.30%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 20.75% 26.92% -5.97% 10.30% -1.27%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/09/17; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

Emerging markets indices with a share of Taiwan

As further alternative you may invest in ETFs on emerging markets. In total, you can consider 3 emerging markets indices tracked by 12 ETFs. The emerging markets indices weight Taiwan with less than 20%. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on emerging markets indices is between 0.20% p.a. and 0.85% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI Emerging Markets Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 12.28%
(31/10/2016)
10 ETFs 845
(30/06/17)
The MSCI Emerging Markets index tracks stocks from emerging markets world wide (end of day).
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Beyond BRIC Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 15.68%
(31/10/2016)
1 ETF 537
(30/06/17)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Beyond BRIC index tracks stocks from emerging markets worldwide excluding Brazil, Russia, India and China ("BRIC"). In addition, to provide greater country diversification, the weight of each single country is capped on a quarterly basis at 15%.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 6.05%
(31/10/2016)
1 ETF 251
(30/06/17)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic index tracks stocks from the MSCI Emerging Markets Index which comply with Shariah investment principles. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index includes stocks from emerging markets world wide.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m GBP
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B0M63177 4,467 0.75% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDFR0010959692 1,648 0.20% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
db x-trackers MSCI Emerging Markets Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107645 1,621 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B4L5YC18 924 0.68% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0480132876 781 0.45% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
db x-trackers MSCI Emerging Markets 1C UCITS ETF (DR)IE00BTJRMP35 385 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SSQT16 302 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Source MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF AIE00B3DWVS88 274 0.29% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B469F816 243 0.42% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF C-USDFR0010435297 194 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic UCITS ETFIE00B27YCP72 31 0.85% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
SPDR MSCI EM Beyond BRIC UCITS ETFIE00BCBJFC69 3 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets Beyond BRIC -5.51% -0.07% 0.82% 11.60% 23.06%
MSCI Emerging Markets -3.90% 4.43% 5.19% 17.86% 37.28%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic -2.31% 6.36% 10.03% 20.80% 33.08%
Index   2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
2014
in %
2013
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets Beyond BRIC 11.24% 30.70% -13.87% 4.25% -
MSCI Emerging Markets 17.05% 33.15% -11.09% 3.09% -6.11%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic 21.99% 31.26% -12.13% -2.84% -11.26%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/09/17; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.