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I am currently a beginner investor, in the U.K., and I would like to know what are the best online international stock brokers. That is, I wish to trade stocks that are listed on U.S. stock exchanges. Where can I find a reputable list of such brokers in the U.K.?

I looked at: and but I am totally not sure which one should I choose.

Thank you in advance and sorry for my lack of knowledge in this area. I just want to somehow start investing my money and there is no proper guide on the Internet how to do that and not get deceived or misunderstood.

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Define what you mean by "international stock broker". Do you mean a broker that will open an account for a non-citizen of the region in which it operates, or do you mean a stock broker which provides access to international markets? Tell us where you live and what markets you want to trade. – Chris W. Rea May 15 '12 at 23:12
Sorry about the confusion. I currently live in UK and I would like to buy, for example, Apple or Facebook shares. – Arthur May 15 '12 at 23:22
Are the repeated edit & rollbacks necessary? – Chris W. Rea May 21 '12 at 1:49

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It depends on how experienced you are, and what fees you are willing to pay.

For starters, Barclays Stockbrokers is a decent place to trade, but the trading costs are relatively high.

For people who are more experienced, Interactive Brokers is fantastic because of its low costs and good execution. The downsides are minimum fees ($10 a month in commissions), and no customer service.

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Thank you very much for this information! But what about and/or – Arthur May 20 '12 at 1:44

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