Trade international stocks online commission free

Because our international dealing commission offer in August was such a success, we’ve decided to extend it and remove the £9.50 dealing commission for the whole of September too. Simply trade as normal and we’ll take care of the rest.

When?

You can trade commission free online on international stocks throughout August and September, until market close on Thursday September 30th. FX charges still apply (1.25%).

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Register for Online Banking to see your share dealing account alongside your other Halifax accounts.

Are you set-up to trade US shares?

If you’re looking to trade US shares you’ll need to complete a couple of forms, we explain what you need to do to get started.

  • What you'll need

    Where to send

    • You can email a form to us. Please note, we can only accept completed forms from the email address you have registered with us.
    • Or you can return it by post to the below address:

      Customer Registration Department
      Halifax Share Dealing
      Lovell Park Road
      Leeds
      LS1 1NS
  • Once the W-8BEN form has been registered on your account, you can place your international trade.

    • Simply sign in to your share dealing account, select dealing from the right hand menu and choose the International tab.
    • The first time you trade a NYSE stock you’ll be asked to complete a NYSE subscriber agreement.
    • Once you've completed the form and confirmed that you are not a professional investor, you will be able to trade immediately.

    The NYSE agreement will only appear the first time an international trade is placed and if your circumstances change you will need to contact us.

Research the market

You can use our research centre to find international stocks, view risers and fallers and see the most traded stocks on the market. You can either search for a specific stock by name, or choose the stock market you’d like to invest in – for example, if the stock you’re looking for is listed in Paris then you can select the CAC40. A full list of the indices for each stock market can be found in the drop-down below.

  • To qualify for the offer the stock has to be placed on the international tab on our dealing page.
     

    Opening hours of international stock markets

    Opening hours of international stock markets

    Stock Exchange

    Index

    UK Times

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    Stock Exchange

    New York

    Index

    NYSE, Dow Jones, S&P, NASDAQ

    UK Times

    14:30 - 21:00

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    e.g. Microsoft, Amazon, Tesla

    Stock Exchange

    Frankfurt

    Index

    Xetra Dax

    UK Times

    08:00 - 16:30

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    e.g. ADIDAS, Deutsche Bank, Siemens

    Stock Exchange

    Paris

    Index

    CAC40

    UK Times

    08:00 - 16:30

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    e.g. L’Oréal, BNP Paribas, Renault

    Stock Exchange

    Amsterdam

    Index

    AEX

    UK Times

    08:00 - 16:30

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    e.g. Aegon, Unilever, Heineken

    Stock Exchange

    Brussels

    Index

    BEL 20

    UK Times

    08:00 - 16:30

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    e.g. Ageas, Anheuser-Busch

    Stock Exchange

    Milan

    Index

    Index search unavailable (Milan stocks can still be found using the stock name search)

    UK Times

    08:00 - 16:25

    We cannot give advice but here are some examples of companies you could gain access to.

    e.g. Telecom Italia, Unipol Gruppo, Unicredit Spa

The value of investments, and income from them, can fall as well as rise and you may get back less than you invest. If you’re unsure about investing, seek independent advice. You may be eligible for financial advice through our partnership with Schroders Personal Wealth. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future.

Spreading your risk

You may not want to put all your eggs in one basket. Investing in a range of assets in different sectors and markets can help to balance out the ups and downs of the stock market, as any poor performance by some investments may be offset by gains in others, which may reduce the risk of loss.

What are the risks involved with international shares?

Dealing on foreign markets will involve different risks from UK markets - in some cases the risks may be greater.

  • Table showing different risks from UK markets whilst dealing on foreign markets

    Culture

    Language and cultural differences between the UK and foreign markets may mean that there is a lack of information, or difficulty in obtaining information you may consider important to your trading decisions.

    Currency Risks

    Any potential profit or loss from your trade in foreign markets may be affected by fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.

    Economy and Politics

    Economic or political factors such as inflation or interest rate fluctuations in the UK could affect overseas markets. The general economic outlook and market conditions may differ considerably between the UK and foreign markets causing them to be less – or more – favourable.

    Emerging Markets

    Emerging markets tend to be less developed than in the UK leading to greater volatility in securities pricing. The value of your investments could, as a result, change quickly.

    Shareholder Rights

    You may find, as a shareholder, you are excluded from some shareholder rights and benefits because you are resident in a different jurisdiction from that of the company you have invested in. An example would be participating in corporate events such as a Rights Issue. You may find you are not treated in the same way as other shareholders and could suffer losses as a result.

    Taxation

    Tax laws overseas differ from those in the UK. Tax authorities in many countries will take a larger amount of tax than they would in the UK because of higher rates. Remember that ISAs and SIPPs will only shelter you from UK tax. How tax is calculated abroad could therefore affect the value of, and returns from, any foreign investments.

    Trading and Settlement

    Foreign markets may trade at a lower volume than in the UK and this reduced liquidity may make it more difficult to sell shares you have bought. It could also cause delays with settlement.

Help and guidance

To help you understand and make the most of your international trading, we answer your most popular questions on our international trading page.

Popular questions

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