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International Brokerage Account

Invest in a wide range of international markets with offshore brokerage services

With Citi International Personal Bank you can invest in stocks not only in the UK but also across the world, allowing you to diversify your portfolio and help spread your risk across a wide range of currencies, locations and markets.

What is equity investment?

Equity investment is when you buy one or more shares in a company and invest directly in that business.

You buy your equity shares and receive returns in the form of a dividend which the company may choose to pay – often annually, however it can be at the company's discretion. It's important to note that the value of your equity investment may increase or fall depending on the underlying value of the company.

For many investors, equity trading is a key part of their overall wealth management strategy and, if you want to grow your wealth across the globe, equity trading via a wealth management firm is one method of doing this.

Who could consider investing in equities?

The stock market can fluctuate due to market pressures and individual country economics. Therefore equities are suitable for those who:


  • Are prepared to invest for the longer term
  • Have knowledge and understanding of the market
  • Understand that while they can potentially receive great returns, they can also potentially lose money


Benefits of International Brokerage Account


  • Access shares, ETFs and Fixed Income securities in the UK and over 30 other international equity markets across the world
  • Choose to trade on your own via Citi Online or through your Relationship Manager on an advisory basis (available for Fixed Income products) or execution only basis
  • Equities include common stocks, preferred shares, Exchange Traded funds know more >
  • Deal with all your global trading of Equities either online through Citi Online or through your Relationship Manager
  • Citi Online Trade as much or a little as you like with no minimum transaction value
  • Save money. You'll receive a lower minimum commission fee when you place orders online – only US$75 compared to US$100 when you trade through your Relationship Manager
  • Trade anytime you want 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (subject to market trading hours)
  • Search for equities from around the world
  • Place and edit buy and sell orders, including limit orders
  • The minimum amount to trade through your Relationship Manager is US$10,000


Preferred shares:

Preferred shares are issued over a fixed period of time with an agreed rate of interest. Holders of preferred shares have priority over standard shareholders for payment of dividends, but they have no voting rights.

Exchange-traded Funds and Commodities:

You can also use our International Brokerage service to invest in Exchange-Traded Funds, which are pooled investment products that track stock market indices – such as the FTSE 100 for example.

By pooling your money with other investors you can get quick access to stock market performance while helping spread risk across all of the companies within a particular index. Exchange-Traded Funds are traded on stock exchanges in the same way as individual stocks.

Plus you can buy or sell Exchange-traded Commodities which allow you to gain exposure to commodities without actually taking delivery of the commodity or trading futures.

Depository Receipts:

The International Brokerage service include the ability to buy and sell American Depository Receipts and Global Depository Receipts. American Depositary Receipts are certificates issued by US banks that hold actual shares of a company's stock. Global Depository Receipts are certificates issued by a depository bank which buys shares in foreign companies. They allow you to benefit from the movement of share values of companies in developing countries for example, without having to purchase the stock directly. The minimum amount required to invest via our International Brokerage service is US$10,000 per purchase (or currency equivalent).There is no minimum amount required if you place your order via Citibank Online.