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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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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
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If you're a "beginning investor", I'd strongly suggest your initial investments focus be on making the most of your ISA allowance and ideally pension tax relief. AFAIK it's not possible to hold international stocks like AAPL or FB in such a container, but there are plenty of UK funds, trusts, ETFs etc providing more diverse exposure to US tech, and these vehicles also avoid a lot of tax paperwork hassle. I'd also suggest that if you don't have the skills to evaluate the reputability of the various services mentioned in this Q&A... well I'd look to do something simpler. – timday Dec 23 '15 at 23:35

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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