International Share Trading

Globalisation has opened up international markets, meaning that it's now possible to trade on instruments in regions and economies that may be outperforming local instruments due to factors like a weakening stock market or national downturn. Go global and diversify your portfolio with a multi-award winning online broker and trade international shares now.

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Why trade international shares?

Whilst our economy is strong, the Australian share market only represents slightly under 2% of the global equity market. As such, there is a large opportunity by simply expanding your investment portfolio to overseas markets.

Global companies listed on US, European and Asian share markets often dominate headlines in the global financial climate and offer opportunities to invest in different industries. Moreover, by trading shares from international markets, you can also gain exposure to emerging economies and a wider range of industries. 

Find out more reasons to trade international shares​​.

Why trade International Shares with CMC Markets?

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Trade using one account

Trade domestic and international shares using one account on standard or Pro platform, giving you the opportunity to build a portfolio that is far more diverse (up to 10 holdings). With one of the lowest brokerages in market, pay $11 or 0.10% per trade.

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Multiple platforms to choose from

The choice to trade on our innovative and award-winning standard and Pro platforms or Android and Apple mobile apps.

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In-depth research

Access comprehensive fundamental and quantitative analysis on a stock-level from Morningstar, theScreener and sector analysis giving you the information you need to assess your next investment.

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Access to major exchanges

Trade US and Canadian shares, with access to other major exchanges using your existing CMC Markets Stockbroking Accounts.

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In-depth research

Ability to save domestic and international stocks in the same watchlist from which you can review stocks of interest.

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In-depth research

Access live streaming data for US exchanges and get live news feeds to stay up to date with the latest breaking financial news.

Stay on top of your trading whilst on-the-go with our stockbroking mobile apps

International share trading brokerage rates

For US and Canadian listed products online orders

Value Of Shares (AUD)  
  Brokerage fee/rate (AUD)
$0-$5,000    
$19.95
$5,001-$10,000
$29.95
Over $10,000
0.31%

Online orders for listed products outside Australia, US and Canada

Value Of Shares (AUD)  
  Brokerage fee/rate (AUD)
All*  
$59.95 or 0.59%

*Brokerage is the greater of the dollar value or the percentage amount shown

Other fees charged by CMC Markets for trading international share can be found in the CMC Markets Stockbroking Financial Service Guide located on our Stockbroking legal page

Trade immediately

All funds flow to and from your linked AUD cash account.

  • No transfer delays when a new buying opportunity arises
  • Trade Immediately on the proceeds of unsettled trades
  • All dividends repatriated into your AUD cash account with online W8 US Tax form capture
  • FX conversion occurs at the same time the order fills on the foreign exchange at a competitive wholesale FX conversion rate

FAQs

Who are my international orders executed with?

All international share orders placed on our stockbroking platforms are executed by Morgan Stanley.

Who are my international securities held with?

When trading with CMC Markets, your international securities are held in a custody arrangement between CMC Markets Stockbroking and BNP Paribas Securities Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group, a leading global custodian and securities services provider.
 
About BNP
BNP Paribas Securities Services is a multi-asset servicing specialist and best-in-class custodian with over USD 11 trillion in assets under custody.
 
BNP Paribas Group and one of the highest-rated asset servicing banks in the industry.
 
BNP Sub Custodians
International securities are held on your behalf by BNP Paribas Securities Services’ sub-custodians as detailed below

Local Jurisdiction
Specified Sub-Custodian
Belgium
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Brussels/Paris
Canada
RBC Investor Services, Toronto
France
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Paris
Germany
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Frankfurt
Hong Kong SAR
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Hong Kong
Japan
Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp Limited, Tokyo
Netherlands
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Amsterdam/Paris
Singapore
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Singapore
Switzerland
BNP Paribas Securities Services, Zurich
United Kingdom
BNP Paribas Securities Services, London
USA
BNP Paribas, New York

What is an FX buffer?

The 2% Foreign Exchange (FX) buffer is not an additional fee
 
The buffer acts as a cushion against currency movements ensuring there are sufficient available funds in your account to fill your order
 
When your order fills, excess funds are automatically added back to your ‘available funds’ value on the platform
 
Buffer funds are not withdrawn from your settlement account, but only locked in the ‘available funds’ calculation until your order has filled
 
The buffer only applies to ‘buy’ orders
 
Impact
 
For international buy orders, a 2% FX buffer is added to the trade value at the time the order is placed. This ensures you have sufficient funds in your account to cover any foreign exchange fluctuations between the time your order is ‘placed’ and when it is ‘filled’ on the international market.
 
Any excess buffer will be unlocked on the execution or cancellation of that order.
 
The FX conversion rate is determined as the order fills on the overseas stock exchange in real-time.
 
*The FX buffer currently applied to international buy orders is 2% of the trade value and is subject to change.
 
Example
 
Jane submits an order to buy US$1,000 of US shares at 10:30 am Sydney time.
 
At the time she places her order the exchange rate is 1.489 and the US market is closed. The estimated AUD value of the order is $1,489.00 + $19.95 brokerage = AUD $1,508.95. 
 
The trading platform applies a buffer of AUD 30.17 (2%) to the order as protection against exchange rate fluctuations.
 
By the time the US market opens the exchange rate has moved to 1.481 and the order is submitted and executed immediately. The AUD value of the order at execution is $AUD1,481 + $AUD 19.95 = $AUD 1,500.95.
 
The buffer is now released from Jane’s "Available to Trade value" on the trading platform.

Can I transfer in my share certificates?

Yes, however please note that the certificate stock transfer process (dematerilisation) is subject to certain requirements and also requires approval by the delivering broker (counterparty).

What’s the difference between our standard and pro platforms?

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All funds flow to and from your linked AUD cash account.

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