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International Share Trading

It’s smart investing to consider buying and selling international shares. They can diversify your trading strategy, grow your portfolio and minimise your risk. Discover a world of opportunity trading the best performing and emerging companies across the globe.

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Why trade international shares?

There’s more opportunity and greater diversification when you open your strategy to international share trading. In a nutshell, the pool of potential returns could get bigger.

The Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) represents less than 2% of the global market. Like big fish in a small pond, it’s dominated by a few large industry sectors: mining, healthcare and financials.

Casting your net overseas is like paddling out from the pond and into the ocean. Invest in US tech giants, companies listed on the fast-growing Chinese market, major global banks on the London Stock Exchange and more opportunities which are not available on the ASX.

Spread your risk

Spreading your risk internationally may better protect you against loss. While one market may be not be doing so well, your investments in another market may be doing something different.

According to the ASX Australian Investor Study 2020, only 15% of Australian shareholders own international shares, leaving a lot of locals relying heavily on the one market to consistently perform to hit their financial goals.

Take advantage of extended US trading hours

Markets never sleep. Early birds, night owls, and those working a 9-5 can take advantage of trading hours across the globe to suit their needs.

CMC Invest offers extended US Market Trading Hours, Trade 4 hours pre and post US market Trading Hours. This allows you use more of your day to find opportunity on the US market.

Trade US stocks for less

The United States is home to two of the world’s largest exchanges by market size. It’s never been cheaper to invest in US stocks from Australia with $0 brokerage on US shares with CMC Markets Invest. FX spreads apply.

The New York Stock Exchange includes established names like J.P. Morgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway, Johnson & Johnson and Coca Cola. They’re blue chip and consistent performers on the share market, but they may not come with the growth potential of some NASDAQ-listed names.

You’ll find some of your favourite brands on the NASDAQ to invest in, including FAANG stocks. FAANG stocks refer to the previous five biggest companies in the world within the tech sector: Facebook (now known as Meta), Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.

The top 5 stocks on the NASDAQ are currently Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla and Google, and in that order!

Popular US stocks

Pay $0 brokerage on US, UK, Canadian and Japanese shares

Access 15 international markets from one account.

FX Spreads apply on international orders

Invest with ETFs and save

A global-themed exchange traded fund (ETF) is one way to gain exposure to a basket of international shares whilst still trading on the ASX.

ETFs are an affordable way to diversify your portfolio and gain exposure to specific assets or industries without owning the underlying asset. You can invest in a mix of international shares in the one trade and pay $0 brokerage on US, UK, Canadian and Japanese securities. FX spreads apply.

They spread your money across different securities such as companies, assets, or industry sector, and then tracks its yield and return. They’re easy to work with — you can buy and sell ETFs during the trading hours of the ASX market — and they can be specific to your investment style, risk tolerance and goals.

What to consider when investing in International Securities

Currency shifts

Currency fluctuations can increase your investment gains or compound your losses depending on the situation. If you’re buying and/or selling US stocks for example, a suggestion could be to keep an eye on the Australian dollar and US dollar to ensure you’re not left surprised if either rises or falls.

Global events

Geo-political tensions, pandemics, elections and interest rate changes can influence the performance of stock markets around the world. For example, the war in Ukraine turned the markets upside down. We can never predict global events, however, diversification and proper risk management may allow you to mitigate any potential risk.

The S&P 500 tracks the performance of the 500 (or so) largest companies in the US, making it a reliable proxy for both the US stock market and the wider economy.

Track the known potential ups and downs with an economic calendar. It also helps to follow the forecasts from economic analysts and be informed across global company earnings.

Market nuances

Understand the dynamics at play in the international markets you choose. Get a better understanding of company earnings and economic growth forecasts with Morningstar research available on the CMC Markets Invest platform, along with the latest market news and insights.

International Taxation

Familiarise yourself with the investing regulations of other countries such as tax and accounting rules for seamless share trading. For example, you’ll need to complete a W-8BEN form before you start trading US securities to ensure you can claim a reduction of withholding US tax charged on sales or dividends.

How to buy international shares

You can buy and sell international shares through a stock exchange using a stockbroker or online trading platform. Compare your options by considering brokerage fees, which markets you’ll have access to, how long it takes to execute a trade, exchange rates and research tools available.

It’s easy to start investing in international shares with CMC Markets Invest—Australia’s Online Broker of the Year, 12 years in a row. Build a diverse portfolio with easy access to 15 international markets.

Investing in CMC Markets derivative products carries significant risks and is not suitable for all investors. You do not own, or have any interest in, the underlying assets. We recommend that you seek independent advice and ensure you fully understand the risks involved before trading. Spreads may widen dependent on liquidity and market volatility. The information on this website is prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs. Consequently, you should consider the information in light of your objectives, financial situation and needs. CMC Markets Asia Pacific Pty Ltd ABN 11 100 058 213, AFSL No. 238054 (the derivative product issuer), CMC Markets Stockbroking Limited, Participant of the ASX Group (Australian Securities Exchange) and SSX (Sydney Stock Exchange) and Chi-X (Chi-X Australia), ABN 69 081 002 851, AFSL No. 246381 (the stockbroking services provider) provides the financial products and/or services. It's important for you to consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement ('PDS') or Information Memorandum (for CMC Pro accounts) and any other relevant CMC Markets documents before you decide whether or not to acquire any of the financial products. Our Financial Services Guide and Information Memorandum (for CMC Pro accounts) contain details of our fees and charges. All of these documents are available at cmcmarkets.com.au or you can call us on 1300 303 888.

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