Broker profile


Temporary note: As of November 2011, Finasta’s parent company Snoras has been nationalised by the Lithuanian authorities amid allegations of fraud and seems likely to be wound up. Finasta says it is operationally and legally separate from Snoras, will continue to operate as usual and is expecting to be sold as a going concern to a new investor. This entry will be updated with more information when the outcome becomes clearer.

Finasta is the investment and brokerage arm of Lithuanian banking group Snoras. Among other services, it offers online stock trading for a large number of markets in Eastern Europe and beyond at relatively low rates in many cases.

We don’t have any experience of using this firm or comments from other feedback yet. It’s included in the directory because it may be of interest to investors looking to invest in this region, alongside firms such as Brokerjet, Orion Securities and Swissquote. If you have any feedback, you can send us an email using the contact form.

In terms of likely investor security, while Lithuania is not a top-tier financial centre, it is a regulated market and Finasta is overseen by Securities Commission. Lithuania is a member of the European Union and has implemented the EU directive on minimum investor compensation standards, which means that the Deposit and Investment Insurance Fund provides protection of up to €20,000.

Broker profile


Run by Austria’s Erste Bank, Brokerjet seems to be the main multimarket account offering online stock broking across several Eastern European countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia) that caters to English-speaking clients.

The firm also offers the smaller German regional exchanges (Berlin-Bremen, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover and Munich), as well as the main Frankfurt exchange and the smaller Stuttgart one. These are not usually provided by stock brokers outside Austria and Germany, although they are probably of limited interest to most investors. Fees seem reasonable compared to what you’ll pay for most Eastern European markets through traditional stock brokers.

The platform doesn’t seem to support multiple currencies in one trading account. So you’ll have to open separate deposits if you want to be able to settle deals in Poland directly in zloty, for example, and these may carry inactivity charges. But the currency conversion charge is a fairly low 0.25% if you don’t want to go to trouble of opening multiple currency accounts for settling the occasional trade in smaller markets.

I don’t have any direct user feedback, but found customer service was extremely fast and helpful when approaching them with questions about the account. Alternatives could be the Lithuanian firms Finasta and Orion Securities or the more costly Swissquote.