Invest Globally with International Share Trading

Although the Australian share market offers some excellent investment opportunities, it makes up less than 2% of the world's total by market capitalisation. So if you're only investing in Australian shares, you're missing out on the investment potential of the other 98%.

Now it's easy to invest globally, with a CommSec International trading account. As a CommSec International client, you can trade on over 30 leading global share markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the London Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Why trade on international markets?

Features Benefits
Diversification

Diversification is a key element of any successful investment strategy. With International trading, you can access sectors not available in Australia, such as aerospace or technology.

International trading also allows you to invest in businesses and brands you know, including Kraft, Apple, Google and many others.

Exchange Traded Funds Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs; provide low cost access to a range of products from sectors, commodities or government bonds.
Options

Trade in the largest Options market in the world, with longer expiry dates and higher liquidity than is available in the Australian market.

Employee shares

Sell employee shares or invest in shares of your overseas employer.

International markets and investments views

International trading offers you access to opportunities that are simply not available in Australia. CommSec's close relationship with Pershing LLC (a subsidiary of the Bank of New York) gives you the chance to invest in markets around the world, for the ultimate in diversification.

The table below shows how an international account can give you investment exposure to a sector that's appropriate to your view of the market.

Investment view Sector Country Major Stocks
Increased personal computer usage in China and India Technology USA
  • Microsoft
  • Intel
  • Dell Computer
  • Apple
3D televisions will become a must have item Technology Japan
  • Sony Corporation
  • NEC
Electric and hybrid cars will be the next automotive revolution Automotive America/Japan
  • Tesla Motors
  • Toyota
Development of the BRIC economies will lead to increased demand for commercial aviation Aerospace USA/France
  • Boeing
  • EADS (Airbus)

Please note: The examples above are for illustrative purposes only - they are not recommendations.

How International Trading with CommSec can benefit you?

  • Access to over 30 markets across the world
  • Options trading on US exchanges
  • 24-hour customer service on US trading days
  • Online monitoring of positions and asset allocations

Contact Us

Phone: 1300 361 170 (24 hours US trading days)

Phone International: +612 9115 1531

Email: usshares@commsec.com.au