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International Stocks and Shares

The recent media interest and press coverage surrounding international social media companies like Twitter and Facebook floating on the NYSE and the NASDAQ has led to investors  looking at how they can trade in international stocks and shares.

What is International Trading?

Our International Trading service lets you trade directly on 17 international exchanges (15 online and by telephone, with an additional 2 by telephone).   

You can hold cash in 9 major currencies and we also offer real time foreign exchange facilities.

HMRC rules state that you can't hold foreign currency in an ISA, therefore if the base currency of a stock is not sterling, an FX must be done at the time of trade. Any income from none UK holdings is converted to Sterling automatically

See important documents and information for trading US stocks below.

Important Note: If an FX conversion is required to settle your trade, you should be aware that as well as trading commission you will pay an FX charge. See more information on the FX charges


How does International Trading work?

Trading in stocks on international markets with TD Direct Investing uses the same simple process as trading in UK stocks. When placing a trade using our 'Place an Order' Page in the secure part of our website you would choose which market to invest from and you will be taken through all the relevant options on that page in order to place your trade.


Advantages of International Trading

  • Trade directly on 17 international exchanges, from 5 North American, 7 major European exchanges and 3 from Asia/Pacific online and by telephone and 2 more available by telephone.
  • Competitive trading commissions, see our full rates and charges.
  • Reduce the need for foreign exchange with our multi currency Cash Management Account. Hold 9 major currencies: UK Sterling (GBP), Euro, Canadian Dollars (CAD) and US Dollars (USD), Hong Kong Dollars (HKD), Singapore Dollars (S$), Australian Dollars (AUD), Swiss Franc (CHF) & Swedish Krona (SEK).
  • International and UK trading consolidated into one TD Direct Investing account.
  • No stamp duty on North American and European markets*.
  • Extend your trading day beyond UK market hours.
  • Limit risk with stop loss trading. Learn more about order types
  • Develop a geographically diversified portfolio and benefit from countries at different stages of their economic life cycles.

*Please note that the tax treatment of the products depends on the individual circumstances of each customer and may be subject to change in the future.


Which account do I need to trade Internationally

You can trade on international exchanges with a Trading AccountTrading ISA and/or a SIPP Account.

United States Dealing

If you wish to invest in US (United States) stocks and shares, you will need to complete the appropriate W-8BEN form, which can be found here.

Start Investing in International Stocks

TD offers a range of accounts which can be used to trade on international exchanges:


  • The value of your investments can go down as well as up. You may not get back all the funds that you invest.
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADING: Foreign markets will involve different risks from the UK markets. In some cases the risks will be greater.
  • The potential for profit or loss from transactions on international markets or in foreign denominated currencies will be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates.
  • Performance of investment products is not guaranteed and the value of your investment may go down as well as up and you may not get back all that you invest.
  • If you are unsure about any aspects of the features or risks of these products, you should obtain advice from a qualified financial adviser.
  • International Trading Markets available and their opening.
  • TAX EFFICIENT PRODUCTS: Please note the tax treatment of these products depends on the individual circumstances of each customer and may be subject to change in future.

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