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.
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 Account, Trading ISA and/or a SIPP Account.
United States Dealing
As part of our obligations to the US Tax Authorities – Internal Revenue Service (IRS) we are required to document all holders of US securities. Additionally, should you reside in a country that has a treaty with the US you may benefit from treaty relief in respect of dividend and interest payments.
If you wish to invest in US (United States) stocks and shares, you will need to complete the appropriate Form W-8, depending on your account type.
For further information and official guidance please visit the IRS.gov website.
Individual / Joint Trading Accounts and ISAs
W-8BEN substitute form and guidance notes
Other Account Types
For all other account types please email us:
Please return your completed form(s) to:
TD Direct Investing (Europe) Limited