How to invest in India using ETFs

How do I invest in Indian stocks?

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

On the Indian stock market you'll find 3 indices which are tracked by ETFs.

Alternatively, you may invest in indices on Asia or emerging markets.

0.19% p.a. - 0.85% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of India ETFs
on the Indian stock market, which are tracked by ETFs
on the Indian stock market
 
The best indices for India ETFs

Performance of Indian stocks (MSCI India)

1 month: 1.02%
1 year: 38.89%
3 years: 30.37%
5 years: 45.49%

Indices in comparison

The best indices for ETFs on India

For an investment in the Indian stock market, there are 3 indices available which are tracked by 6 ETFs. On the FTSE India 30/18 Capped index there is 1 ETF. On the MSCI India index there are 4 ETFs. On the Nifty 50 index there is 1 ETF. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on these indices is between 0.19% p.a. and 0.85% p.a..

Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description

FTSE India 30/18 Capped

India 1 ETF 172
(30.06.21)
The FTSE India 30/18 Capped index tracks Indian companies with large and medium market capitalisation. The largest company in the index is limited to a maximum of 30 percent of the index capitalization, all other index components to a maximum of 18 percent.
Index factsheet

MSCI India

India 4 ETFs 101
(30.06.21)
The MSCI India index tracks the leading Indian stocks.
Index factsheet

Nifty 50

India 1 ETF 50
The Nifty 50 index tracks 50 stocks from 22 sectors of the Indian economy.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
iShares MSCI India UCITS ETF USD (Acc)IE00BZCQB185 892 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI India UCITS ETF - Acc (EUR)FR0010361683 713 0.85% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
Xtrackers Nifty 50 Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292109690 101 0.85% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Amundi MSCI India UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681043086 73 0.80% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Franklin FTSE India UCITS ETFIE00BHZRQZ17 70 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
Xtrackers MSCI India Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0514695187 68 0.75% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE India 30/18 Capped 2.60% 5.55% 17.49% 43.16% -
Nifty 50 1.67% 3.35% 14.46% 45.46% 29.51%
MSCI India 2.08% 4.99% 15.94% 46.15% 34.17%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
Nifty 50 14.34% 1.89% 11.04% -2.46% 19.91%
MSCI India 15.49% 5.15% 8.74% - -
FTSE India 30/18 Capped 16.93% 3.01% - - -

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

The cheapest India ETFs
by total expense ratio (TER)

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Alternative investment opportunities

Emerging markets indices with a share of India

Besides India ETFs you may consider ETFs on emerging markets In total, you can consider 2 emerging markets indices tracked by 15 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on emerging markets indices is between 0.14% p.a. and 0.65% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
FTSE Emerging Emerging Markets
India: 12.00%
(31/03/2021)
2 ETFs 1,860
(30.06.21)
The FTSE Emerging index tracks stocks from emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
MSCI Emerging Markets Emerging Markets
India: 9.65%
(31/03/2021)
13 ETFs 1,412
(30.06.21)
The MSCI Emerging Markets index tracks stocks from emerging markets worldwide.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF 1CIE00BTJRMP35 5,200 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI EM UCITS ETF (Dist)IE00B0M63177 3,496 0.18% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681045370 2,830 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets UCITS ETF DistributingIE00B3VVMM84 2,195 0.22% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
UBS ETF (LU) MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF (USD) A-disLU0480132876 1,804 0.23% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Optimized sampling
iShares MSCI EM UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B4L5YC18 1,069 0.18% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI Emerging Markets Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107645 1,051 0.49% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF - Acc EURFR0010429068 1,024 0.55% p.a. Accumulating France Unfunded swap
HSBC MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF USDIE00B5SSQT16 955 0.15% p.a. Distributing Ireland Optimized sampling
Lyxor MSCI Emerging Markets (LUX) UCITS ETFLU0635178014 723 0.14% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B469F816 471 0.42% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Invesco MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFIE00B3DWVS88 385 0.19% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Unfunded swap
Amundi Index MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETF DR EUR (D)LU1737652583 314 0.20% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Full replication
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets UCITS ETF AccIE00BK5BR733 114 0.22% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Deka MSCI Emerging Markets UCITS ETFDE000ETFL342 63 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Germany Unfunded swap
 
Index   1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
FTSE Emerging 3.33% 3.56% 11.68% 29.97% 35.03%
MSCI Emerging Markets 3.56% 3.56% 11.17% 32.57% 34.26%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets 10.89% 8.01% 20.90% -11.48% -
FTSE Emerging 11.52% 4.95% 21.96% -9.38% 15.91%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.

 

Asia indices with a share of India

Alternatively, you may consider investing in Asia. In total, you can invest in 2 indices on Asia tracked by 9 ETFs. The total expense ratio (TER) of ETFs on Asia is between 0.12% p.a. and 0.65% p.a..

 
Index Investment focus Number of ETFs Number of constituents Short description
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Asia Pacific
India: 10.86%
(31/03/2021)
3 ETFs 1,204
(30.06.21)
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 Emerging Markets Asia Asia Pacific
India: 12.09%
(31/03/2021)
6 ETFs 1,148
(30.06.21)
The MSCI Emerging Markets Asia index tracks large and mid cap companies from Asian emerging markets.
Index factsheet
ETF
ISIN
  Fund size
in m EUR
TER
in %
Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Amundi MSCI Emerging Markets Asia UCITS ETF EUR (C)LU1681044480 1,613 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
iShares MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF (Acc)IE00B5L8K969 1,436 0.20% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Full replication
SPDR MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETFIE00B466KX20 1,191 0.55% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Optimized sampling
Xtrackers MSCI AC Asia ex Japan Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0322252171 533 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Lyxor MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan UCITS ETF - AccLU1900068161 401 0.50% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1CLU0292107991 326 0.65% p.a. Accumulating Luxembourg Unfunded swap
Xtrackers MSCI EM Asia Swap UCITS ETF 1DLU2296661775 259 0.35% p.a. Distributing Luxembourg Unfunded swap
UBS ETF (IE) MSCI AC Asia Ex Japan SF UCITS ETF (USD) A-accIE00B7WK2W23 196 0.23% p.a. Accumulating Ireland Swap-based
Lyxor MSCI EM Asia UCITS ETF - AccLU1781541849 181 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 AC Asia ex Japan 3.04% 1.52% 9.88% 30.61% 35.76%
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 4.15% 1.94% 10.15% 33.06% 40.40%
Index   2021
in %
2020
in %
2019
in %
2018
in %
2017
in %
MSCI Emerging Markets Asia 9.88% 17.29% 20.85% -11.64% 24.79%
MSCI AC Asia ex Japan 10.02% 13.42% 20.32% -11.47% 24.22%

Source: justETF.com; As of 30.06.21; Calculations in EUR based on the largest ETF of the respective index.