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International Share Trading

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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.

See our following guides on trading and things to know about trading US stocks.

Ready to switch? Transferring your stocks is free and easy* *Fees apply to international stocks

Why trade International Shares with CMC Markets?

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. With $0 brokerage in four major markets (US, UK, Canada & Japan). Minimum trade value of AUD$1000 (for buy trades only) across all international markets.

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.

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.

Access to major exchanges

Trade US, Canadian, UK and Hong Kong shares, with access to other major exchanges using your existing CMC Markets Invest Accounts.

Integrated watchlist

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

Live market data

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

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Access some of the biggest markets in the world

US, UK, Japanese and Canadian listed products online orders

Value Of Shares (AUD) Brokerage fee/rate (AUD)
All $0*

Online orders for listed products outside Australia, US, UK, Canada and Japan

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

* Minimum trade value of AUD$1000 (for buy trades only) across all international markets
** Brokerage is the greater of the dollar value or the percentage amount shown

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

Go global with $0 brokerage on US, UK, Canadian and Japanese shares*
*Trades on all international stocks are subject to FX spreads
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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 competitive wholesale FX conversion rates

*Trades on all international stocks are subject to FX spreads. 


Is there a minimum order amount required when placing an international order?

The minimum order size for international shares is AUD$1,000 on each buy order you place. This buy minimum is applicable to all international markets available on CMC Markets platforms.

What countries can I trade in?

United Kingdom
Hong Kong
New Zealand

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Who are my international orders executed with?

All international share orders placed on our share trading 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 SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the BNP Paribas Group, a leading global custodian and securities services provider.

About BNP
BNP Paribas SA 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 SA' sub-custodians as detailed below

Local Jurisdiction
Specified Sub-Custodian
BNP Paribas SA, Brussels/Paris
RBC Investor Services, Toronto
BNP Paribas SA, Paris
BNP Paribas SA, Frankfurt
Hong Kong SAR
BNP Paribas SA, Hong Kong
Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp Limited, Tokyo
BNP Paribas SA, Amsterdam/Paris
BNP Paribas SA, Singapore
BNP Paribas SA, Zurich
United Kingdom
BNP Paribas SA, London
BNP Paribas, New York
New Zealand
BNP Paribas SA, Sydney
BNP Paribas SA, Madrid
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, Sveavagen
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, Copenhagen

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.

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.

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 + $0.00 brokerage = AUD $1,489.00. 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 $1,481.00 + $0.00 brokerage = AUD $1,481.00. The buffer is now released from Jane's "Available to Trade value" on the trading platform.

Can I transfer in my share certificates?

All share certificates will need to be dematerialised (where physical records are replaced with a paperless computerised system) prior to being transferred in. We cannot accept share certificates.

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