This list reviews the best online brokers for trading internationally in 2018. To qualify, online brokers must be based in the United States, regulated by the United States, and offer international investors outside of the United States access to trading US securities. Before choosing a brokerage, make sure to check directly with the broker and confirm they support your country of residence.
As an example, here is a list of the international countries that Firstrade currently accepts new customers from: Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic Of Korea, Macau, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Taiwan (Province of China), United Kingdom, and the United States. If you live in any of these countries, Firstrade will allow you to open a brokerage account online and invest in US securities including stocks and options.
Currently, there are only select US online equity brokers that support non-US citizen clients. This is mostly due to the complexities surrounding regulation, customer support, language, paperwork, etc. Note that this tool is designed to help foreign investors trade on the US exchanges, not help US citizens invest internationally. If you reside in the United States and want to invest on foreign exchanges using local currency, the two best brokers to look at are Interactive Brokers and Fidelity Investments.
Here is a 2017 comma delimited listing of every country in the world: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa), Congo, Republic of (Brazzaville), Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern Territories, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Democratic People's Rep. (North Korea), Korea, Republic of (South Korea), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia Rep. of, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia Federal States of, Moldova Republic of, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar Burma, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian territories, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Island, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion Island, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan (Republic of China), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Timor-Leste (East Timor), Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Ugandax, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State (Holy See), Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (U.S.), Wallis and Futuna Islands, Western Sahara , Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.