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International Shares

Global markets offer a world of opportunities to Australian investors.

Westpac Share Trading makes it easy to invest in many of the world’s leading companies by providing access to more than 25 international share markets. Working in partnership with Pershing LLC (Pershing), we offer a Global Markets service. Pershing is a subsidiary of the Bank of New York Mellon, one of the world’s leading providers of international share trading services.

Key features

  • Trade US equities and options 24 hours a day – online or by phone.

  • Trade equities on more than 25 other international exchanges – by phone. 

  • Access to consensus analyst recommendations for US equities.

  • Access to advanced charting functionality.

  • View live prices.

  • View your balances, portfolio holdings, account activity, order status, trade confirmations, brokerage statements and tax statements – all online. 

  • In addition to shares and exchange traded funds, you can also trade exchange traded options (ETOs) on US markets. The US ETO market is highly developed, offering options over a large number of equities.

Benefits of Global Markets

Access more than 25 global exchanges

Westpac Share Trading provides access to major overseas exchanges including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Tokyo Stock Exchange. 

Diversify your portfolio

Diversification can be an important element of a successful investment strategy as it can mitigate risk. The Australian share market represents less than 2% of the world’s investment opportunities by market capitalisation. By using our Global Markets service, you can broaden your portfolio to include international securities. You can also access sectors that may not be available in Australia.

Invest in big brands

An international share trading account will allow you to invest in some of the biggest global businesses, including Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and many more. 

Key risks

  • Capital losses – if your share investment doesn’t perform well, you could make loss on the initial value.

  • Foreign currency volatility – your international securities will be denominated in a currency other than Australian dollars. Adverse movements in foreign exchange rates could more than offset gains in share prices.

  • Geopolitics – your securities will be held by an international custodian, and may be exposed to risk from changes in the political, legal, regulatory or commercial environments of that country or stock exchange. 

  • Market risk – the value of your international securities may be affected by variables, such as volatile share markets, general economic conditions and interest rates, as well as issues relating to the specific securities

Things you should know

Westpac Securities Limited ABN 39 087 924 221, AFSL 233723 (‘Westpac Securities’) (trading as ‘Westpac Share Trading’) provides the opportunity to trade listed financial products through our arrangement with Australian Investment Exchange Limited ABN 71 076 515 930, AFSL 241400 (‘AUSIEX’), a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Research Institute, Ltd (‘NRI’). AUSIEX is a Market Participant of the ASX Limited (‘ASX’) and Cboe Australia Pty Ltd (‘Cboe’), a Clearing Participant of ASX Clear Pty Limited and a Settlement Participant of ASX Settlement Pty Limited. Neither AUSIEX nor Westpac Securities are representatives of each other. Westpac Securities is not a related party of AUSIEX, NRI, ASX or Cboe. Under this arrangement, all trading, clearing, settlement and stock sponsorship arrangements are directly with AUSIEX. AUSIEX is not authorised to carry on business in any jurisdiction other than Australia. Accordingly, the information contained in this website is directed to and available for Australian residents only.

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International securities trading and custody through Global Markets is provided by Pershing LLC, ARBN 108 110 149, AFSL 271837, member FINRA, NYSE, SIPC, a BNY Mellon company through Australian Investment Exchange. For full details, please refer to the Global Markets Trading Terms and Conditions. You can either request us to mail one to you, or alternatively, call one of our Trading Representatives on 13 13 31 between 8am and 7pm (AEST), Monday to Friday.

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