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Overseas share dealing

Overseas share dealing

Buy and sell thousands of American and international shares
Important information - please remember that the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. If you are unsure of the suitability of your investment please seek advice. Tax rules can change and the value of any benefits depends on individual circumstances.

Interested in dealing international shares? With Hargreaves Lansdown you can invest in some of the world's largest brands, including Apple, BMW and Facebook.

Our overseas share dealing service covers shares listed on the major US, Canadian and European stock exchanges.

Which overseas markets can I trade on?

What are the charges?

Through our overseas share dealing service we trade securities that are listed on these exchanges:

US markets

Canadian markets
Toronto Stock Exchange

European markets
Amsterdam Stock Exchange
Brussels Stock Exchange
Copenhagen Stock Exchange
Deutsche Boerse Exchange
Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Helsinki Stock Exchange
Irish Stock Exchange
Italian Stock Exchange
Lisbon Stock Exchange
Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Madrid Stock Exchange
Oslo Stock Exchange
Paris Stock Exchange
Stockholm Stock Exchange
Swiss Stock Exchange
Vienna Stock Exchange

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Buying American shares

Before you can buy US listed shares, you need to complete a W-8BEN form.

This allows residents of the UK and other eligible countries to save up to 30% tax on income from their US and Canadian shares. It is optional for Canadian shares but you will only receive a reduced rate of tax if you complete the form. Please note tax rules can change and any reliefs will depend on your circumstances.

Eligible countries
Australia Lithuania
Austria Luxembourg
Bangladesh Malta
Barbados Mexico
Belgium Morocco
Bulgaria Netherlands
China New Zealand
Cyprus Norway
Czech Republic Poland
Denmark Portugal
Egypt Romania
Estonia Russia
Finland Slovakia
France Slovenia
Germany South Africa
Hungary Spain
Iceland Sri Lanka
Indonesia Sweden
Ireland Switzerland
Italy Thailand
Jamaica Ukraine
Japan United Kingdom
Kazakhstan Venezuela
Korea, Republic of

How to complete a W-8BEN

If you’re a resident in the UK and the form is for an individual account, you can submit or update a W-8BEN online.

If you’re not a UK resident and/or the form is not for an individual account (eg. a joint account, company or a charity), or if you would prefer to return the form in the post, please select and download your form here:

A W-8BEN is valid for three calendar years after the year in which it is signed. We will contact you when it’s time to renew.

Exchange rates and dealing charges

There's no need to hold a foreign currency account. When you deal the share price is converted into pounds at the prevailing interbank exchange rate, by a UK-based market maker.

You’ll pay an additional FX charge and our standard dealing commission. See below for further details.

New lower FX charges

On 1 May we lowered the FX charges. All deals now cost less. The new charges also apply to different tiers within each deal, rather than the total value.

For example, on a £10,000 deal you’ll pay 1% on the first £5,000 and 0.75% on the next £5,000. Previously you’d pay 1.5% on the full £10,000.

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Charges from 1 May

Deal value FX Charge
First £5,000 1.00%
Next £5,000 0.75%
Next £10,000 0.50%
Over £20,000 0.25%

For example, on a £10,000 deal you’ll pay 1% on the first £5,000 and 0.75% on the next £5,000. Previously you’d pay 1.5% on the full £10,000.

Charges before 1 May

Total deal value FX Charge
£0 - £24,999 1.50%
£25,000 - £49,999 1.00%
£50,000 - £99,999 0.50%
£100,000+ 0.35%

Online and HL app dealing charges

In addition to dealing charges, annual management charges are 0.45% (capped at £45 a year) in an ISA, and 0.45% (capped at £200 a year) in a SIPP. There are no annual charges for holding shares in a Fund & Share Account.

Deals previous month Dealing charge
0-9 deals £11.95
10-19 deals £8.95
20 or more deals £5.95

You can also trade shares by phone or post, however this will incur additional charges.

See our full list of charges

Trade overseas shares

If you have an account, simply log in to search for and deal overseas shares. If you don't have an account yet, you can open one online in under 5 minutes.

Fund and Share dealing account

  • Free to hold shares
  • No investment limits
  • Minimum £1 to open
Find out more

Stocks and Shares ISA

  • 0.45% annual charge to hold shares (maximum £45)
  • Invest up to £20,000 this tax year
  • Minimum £100 to open
Find out more

You can also deal overseas shares within a SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension)

Please ensure you have read the important information about holding overseas shares before you deal.

Due to a change in listing or other factors beyond our control, occasionally we may cease to cover an overseas stock. In this case, additional administration charges may apply for dealing these shares.

Please remember the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. If you're not sure investing is right for you, please ask for advice. All overseas share deals will be converted into sterling, so fluctuations in the exchange rate will affect the sterling value of your overseas holdings.