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 16% the weight of Taiwan is not significant.

0.45% 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: -2.03%
1 year: 26.14%
3 years: 36.34%
5 years: 83.87%

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 0.45% p.a. and 0.74% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

MSCI Taiwan

Taiwan 4 ETFs 88
(29/11/19)
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 246 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI Taiwan Index UCITS ETF 1CLU0292109187 77 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Full replication
Lyxor MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF AccLU1900066033 29 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Taiwan UCITS ETF USDIE00B3S1J086 10 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 1.19% 8.05% 20.35% 23.08% 38.02%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
MSCI Taiwan 25.33% -4.47% 15.31% 41.81% -7.95%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/19; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

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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 10 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Asia-Pacific is between 0.12% 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: 10.62%
(31/03/2019)
1 ETF 1,271
(29/11/19)
The MSCI AC 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: 12.84%
(31/03/2019)
2 ETFs 1,194
(29/11/19)
The MSCI AC 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: 14.33%
(31/03/2019)
2 ETFs 1,107
(29/11/19)
The MSCI AC 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: 15.25%
(31/03/2019)
5 ETFs 1,126
(29/11/19)
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 1,580 0.74% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 544 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF USDLU1681044563 513 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 456 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Index Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 417 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Index Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 415 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Pacific Ex Japan UCITS ETF AccLU1900068328 322 0.60% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI AC Far East ex Japan UCITS ETF USDIE00BBQ2W338 270 0.45% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 93 0.23% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 51 0.12% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 0.81% 1.11% 5.64% 5.90% 26.30%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 0.59% 0.62% 4.11% 6.08% 25.42%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan 0.68% 0.50% 5.29% 6.17% 24.57%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan 0.38% -0.23% 3.88% 6.65% 23.01%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 9.02% -10.09% 28.95% 26.11% -5.38%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 9.76% -11.04% 29.62% 27.67% -5.84%
MSCI AC Far East ex Japan 9.92% -10.95% 28.59% 27.11% -5.57%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan 10.40% -9.67% 23.61% 27.08% -5.73%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/19; 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 2 emerging markets indices tracked by 12 ETFs. The emerging markets indices weight Taiwan with less than 15%. 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: 11.35%
(31/03/2019)
11 ETFs 1,410
(29/11/19)
The MSCI Emerging Markets index tracks stocks from emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic Emerging Markets
Taiwan: 5.44%
(31/03/2019)
1 ETF 306
(29/11/19)
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 worldwide.
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 2,554 0.75% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi ETF MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDLU1681045453 2,029 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF 1CIE00BTJRMP35 1,974 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0480132876 1,079 0.22% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets Index Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107645 1,075 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B4L5YC18 489 0.68% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Invesco MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B3DWVS88 424 0.29% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B469F816 335 0.42% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi Index MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF DR EUR (D)LU1737652583 195 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SSQT16 133 0.40% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF C-USDFR0010435297 111 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic UCITS ETFIE00B27YCP72 36 0.85% p.a. Distributing Ireland Full replication
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets 0.42% 0.10% 3.65% 5.33% 22.93%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic 0.42% 1.56% 5.56% 5.51% 26.32%
Index   2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
2016
in %
2015
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets 8.66% -10.35% 24.34% 33.15% -11.09%
MSCI Emerging Markets Islamic 10.73% -12.69% 28.32% 31.26% -12.13%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30/11/19; Calculations in GBP based on the largest ETF of the respective index.