Overseas shares

UK shares account for about 8% of the value of equities quoted on stock exchanges around the world. Why limit yourself to British companies when there are so many opportunities elsewhere? In the past, the answer to this question from many investors was that trading foreign shares involved more cost, more risk and generally more hassle. Matters have improved dramatically as the internet has made the obtaining of information about overseas companies much easier, as well as allowing online trading.

The intense competition between brokers invading each other’s geographic territory has pushed down costs and increased the quality of services. The shift to electronic trading and settlement of share transactions in the majority of developed ...

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