UK international stock brokers comparison table

 
Last UpdatedFeb 032014

The table below compares the main UK international stock brokers and the stock markets they can deal in. It includes both online international stock brokers and the traditional full service private client stock brokers that offer international stock trading by telephone.

If you haven’t already done so, I recommend you begin by reading the UK international stock brokers guide for an overview of what’s available and then using this table to compare firms. Further details of fees and services are listed on each stock broker’s individual page. To find a stock broker that can trade a specific international market, use the search function in the international stock brokers directory.

If you’re looking for the cheapest stock brokers in the UK to buy UK shares rather than international ones, try the UK online stock brokers comparison table.

 
Markets available
Minimum commissions
Multicurrency account
Tax wrappers
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AJ Bell Youinvest (Sippdeal)
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Online: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA

Broker-assisted: Australia, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Africa
Online: £9.95

Broker-assisted: £29.95
NoISA, SIPPNone
Alliance Trust Savings
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Online: UK

Broker-assisted: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA
Online: £12.50

Broker-assisted: £40
NoISA, SIPPNone
Barclays Stockbrokers
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Online: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA

Broker-assisted: Japan, Malaysia
Online: min £5.95-17.95

Broker-assisted: min £17.50-100
YesHas ISA and SIPP but only a limited range of international stocks are permitted in an ISANone
Charles Stanley
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Online: UK

Broker-assisted: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, USA
Online: UK £10

Broker-assisted: £25-125
YesISA, SIPPNone - but minimum trade sizes will need to be £5,000-10,000 to be cost-effective
Daniel Stewart
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Broker-assisted: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China B, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USABroker-assisted: min £52.50YesISA, SIPPNone - but minimum trade sizes will need to be £5,000-10,000 to be cost-effective
Halifax Share Dealing
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Online: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USAOnline: £12.50

Broker-assisted: £25
NoISA, SIPPNone
Hargreaves Lansdown
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Online: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: £5.95-11.95

Broker-assisted: min £20
NoISA, SIPPNone
HSBC
InvestDirect Plus
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Online: UK, USAOnline: ~£7.95-25YesISANone
iDealing
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Online: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: min ~£5-£15YesISA, SIPPNone
Interactive Brokers
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Online: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India (for NRIs only), Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: min ~£0.5-8YesSIPPUS$10,000 equivalent
Interactive Investor
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Online: Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, UK, USAOnline: £5-10NoISA, SIPPNone
iWeb
Share Dealing
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Online: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USAOnline: £5NoISA, SIPPNone
Killik & Co
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Broker-assisted: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, UK, USABroker-assisted: min £30-70YesISA, SIPPNone - but minimum trade sizes will need to be £2,500-5,000 to be cost-effective
Motley Fool
Share Dealing
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Online: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, UK, USAOnline: £10-17.5NoISA, SIPPNone
NatWest Stockbrokers
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Online: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA

Broker-assisted: Sweden, Switzerland
Online: £12-20

Broker-assisted: min £36-50
YesISANone
Redmayne Bentley
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Broker-assisted: Australia, Canada, Greece (CFDs only), Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Western Europe, UK, USABroker-assisted: UK min £25, international min ~£35-125YesISA, SIPPNone
Saxo Capital Markets
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Online: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (CFDs only), Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: min ~£3-50YesISA, SIPP£5,000 for regular account, £50,000 for ISA
Selftrade
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Online: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: £6-12.5

Broker-assisted: £17.5-40
NoISA, SIPPNone
Share Centre
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Online: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: min £7.5NoISA, SIPPNone
Stocktrade
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Online: UK, US, Canada, major European markets

Broker-assisted: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, USA, Western Europe
Online: min £14.5

Broker-assisted: min £14.5
YesISA, SIPPNone
Sucden Financial
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Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USAOnline: min ~£5-70YesSIPP£5,000 online, £20,000 telephone
TD Direct
Investing (TD Waterhouse)
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Online: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, UK, USA

Broker-assisted: Sweden, Switzerland
Online: £5.95-17.5

Broker-assisted: £45.95-57.5
YesISA, SIPPNone
Notes on the UK international stock brokers comparison table

1. Be aware that some international stock brokers will charge low trading fees, but very high currency conversion fees. Make sure you take these extra costs into account – the currency conversion fees are listed in each stock broker’s profile.

2. Most UK international stock brokers will not accept non-resident investors due to UK money laundering regulations, although it’s always worth asking. One exception is TD Direct Investing, both directly and through its Luxembourg subsidiary Internaxx. The international firms Interactive Brokers and Saxo Bank will accept clients of most nationalities, although Saxo Bank will not accept US residents. See the update on UK stock broker accounts for non-residents for more details

3. NatWest Stockbrokers is a ‘white label’ product provided by TD Direct Investing, with slightly different fees. RBS Sharedealing is exactly the same as the NatWest-branded service. Other ‘white label’ UK international stock brokers are generally not included since you should go to the underlying provider for better rates. These include Motley Fool Share Dealing, provided by Halifax, and the building society share dealing services, mostly backed by TD Direct Investing. One possible exception is iWeb Share Dealing, which is owned by Halifax and will deal in the same international stock markets at slightly lower commissions.

Information in the UK international stock brokers table comes from the stock brokers’ websites and leaflets, conversations with stock broker staff members and conversations with investors who use the services. While I try to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date, I cannot guarantee that. You should always check current terms and conditions before opening an account. If you identify any errors or omissions, please email me using the contact form.