Buy Shares: Invest in International Stocks | The Share Centre

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Buy international shares

You can buy international shares through us with no foreign exchange charge.

You can invest in a range of international stocks with us, including:

  • US tech stocks such as Apple, Alphabet (Google) and Facebook.
  • European blue-chips such as Volkswagen, GDF Suez and Siemens.
  • Major stocks listed in other major markets, such Canada and Australia.

Trades must be made in £GBP and settled through CREST (the UK settlement system). We use CREST Depositary Instruments (CDIs), which enable stocks to be traded in a different currency to their origin.

No foreign exchange charge

With many brokers, you have to pay a foreign exchange charge of 1-1.5%, in addition to dealing fees. We do not charge this.

On some European markets, a Foreign Financial Transaction tax (FFT) is payable on the purchase of shares. This charge varies, depending on the country. On the flipside, most international shares are exempt from stamp duty (Irish shares are charged at 1%).

Not currently available

  • Live price feeds, charts and other statistics
  • Personalised advice from our Advice team
  • Buy, sell and stop loss limits
  • Handling or conversion of share certificates

Investing in US stocks

American shares can be traded from 14:30-16:30 each day (when both the UK and North American markets are open). Before you deal, you must complete a W8-BEN form and send it to us.

How to invest in international stock

Simply open an account and pay in some money. You’ll then be ready to buy and sell shares online (or over the phone for no extra charge) with us.