Investing in international companies has never been easier. Enjoy access to over 10,000 global shares and exchange traded funds with nabtrade.
Reasons to invest in international shares with nabtrade
Trade in the US, UK, Hong Kong and Germany.
Enjoy one platform for all your international and domestic trades.
Take advantage of great brokerage and a competitive foreign exchange rate.
About international shares
Australia represents only around 2% of the global equity market, with much of it heavily concentrated in the banking and mining sectors. By investing internationally investors can achieve greater diversification and lower risk by accessing a broader range of sectors and some of world’s best known businesses.
Investing internationally may also allow investors to take advantage of companies exposed to emerging markets such as China and India, which feature favourable demographics and rapid income growth. Please consider the risks when investing in international markets such as political stability, economic factors and currency movements.
With nabtrade, investors can trade in the US, UK, Hong Kong and Germany.
Performance of international shares over time
Australian listed property4
Sources: FactSet. One-year returns are total returns from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. 5, 10 and 15 year returns are average annual compound returns to 31 March 2017. 1S&P/ASX Accumulation 200 Index. 2MSCI World Index NR (unhedged). 3Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+Y Index. 4S&P/ASX 300 A-REIT Accumulation Index. 5Bloomberg AusBond Composite 0+Y Index.
If your shares increase in value you may be able to realise a capital gain.
Many companies pay regular dividends, allowing you to generate an income stream.
You can generally transact in shares quickly and more cost-effectively than other investments such as property.
While shares offer the potential for relatively high returns, share prices can fluctuate due to market forces.
There may be instances where you’re unable to sell your shares due to very low trading volumes or if a company enters a trading halt.
Exchange rate fluctuations
Movements in exchange rates can result in the agreed exchange rate you lock in being more expensive or of less value to you compared to the exchange rate at the date of settlement of your order.
A foreign exchange fee applies to all executed international trades. See below.
Trading hours and public holidays are determined by each market. Orders placed outside of international market open hours will be queued until the relevant market opens, at which point they will be released into the market.
Tax information may need to be declared to the Australian Tax Office for any foreign sourced income. Tax rates may also apply in the country of origin. (NAB is not a registered tax agent. We recommend you seek independent financial advice from your financial adviser or registered tax agent). For more information about tax, visit Global Tax.
To trade international shares, all account holders must be Australian residents for tax purposes and not foreign residents for tax purposes. All account holders must reside in Australia with both residential and mailing addresses for all accounts being in Australia. Company, organisations and trusts must be registered in Australia. Please refer to Global Tax for full eligibility criteria.
Investing through the nabtrade Global Market Trading service is not the same as investing directly. The nabtrade Global Market Trading service is an international share trading, nominee and custody service. Although you’ll be the beneficial owner of the relevant International Securities, the legal interest is held by the Custodian or Sub-Custodians and they will receive all communications regarding your investments on your behalf, including notification of shareholder meetings, upcoming corporate events and dividend information.