How to invest in offshore shares

Not all brokers are created equal. Here’s a Eureka guide to the fees and features of some common providers.

Summary: When choosing an international broker, issues to consider include brokerage fees, foreign exchange fees, custody fees, customer service and the range of available markets. The W-8BEN form for US-listed equities is also worth enquiring about, as different brokers handle it in different ways.

Key take-out: It’s not difficult to get started in international equities and there’s no shortage of platforms available but it’s worth understanding a broker’s costs and features before diving in.

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