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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: http://www.hl.co.uk/ and http://etrade.com/ 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
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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 https://www.barclaysstockbrokers.co.uk/Pages/index.aspx is a decent place to trade, but the trading costs are relatively high.

For people who are more experienced, Interactive Brokers http://www.interactivebrokers.co.uk 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 hl.co.uk and/or etrade.com? –  Arthur May 20 '12 at 1:44
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