Top International Share Trading Platforms

Content Producer · 10 November 2021
To gain access to some of the biggest companies in the world, like Apple and Google, you need to look beyond ASX to overseas share markets.

An international share trading platform will allow you to trade securities in companies listed on some the world’s largest stock markets. In total, Canstar rated 21 products offered by 15 providers of international share trading platforms on our database and have announced three 5-Star rated products to help narrow your search for a platform that provides outstanding value. 

In 2021, the 5-Star award winners were CMC Markets, IG Markets and Interactive Brokers Australia. Here are the key reasons why they were standouts within the market:

CMC Markets

CMC Markets offers $0 brokerage and no ongoing fees when trading in US, UK, Japanese and Canadian stocks. The Premium Trader account is a dynamic trading platform with live data available on charts and dynamic order tracking. Canstar Research said CMC Markets has strong security that requires a password for each ordering.

Also, when you sign on to CMC Markets you can use one account to trade domestic and international shares, giving investors to build one diverse portfolio. And, when it comes to investing in the largest share market in the world, users will have access to live streaming data and the latest news from the US.

IG Markets

IG has been awarded a 5-Star Rating for outstanding value due to its competitive brokerage fees and excellent trading platform features.

The platform provides consumers access to four main markets: US (S&P 500, DOW 30, NASDAQ 100 and many other small cap US stocks), UK (FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and many other small cap UK stocks), Germany (DAX, HDAX, MDAX) and Ireland (ISEQ).
IG does not charge any commission when you buy and sell US and UK stocks. And, if you trade three or more times in the previous quarter IG will waive our $50 subscription fee – ideal for active traders.

IG also provides a range of research tools that gives investors access to company and market information, including trading alerts and automated trading where investors can design and action their own buy or sell strategies. Canstar Research also made mention of IG’s mobile optimised features, designed to help investors identify and respond to opportunities.

Interactive Brokers Australia

Interactive Brokers Australia won a 5-Star Rating for having the lowest brokerage fees for Australian-based investors playing stock markets in the US or UK. Through the Interactive Brokers platform investors can access over 135 stock exchanges across 33 countries, including market data provided 24 hours a day, six days a week.

Investors can trade live directly from the platform and have access to more than 40 technical indicators and drawing tools, including integrated charts. The Interactive Brokers’ platform also provides access to news and analysis from its in-house experts and third-party providers.

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Marissa is the Content Producer for the Wealth team at Canstar, and specialises in investment content. Her previous experience has seen her create content for wide range of industries from travel to the legal sector. Follow Marissa on LinkedIn, and Canstar Investor Hub on Facebook.

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