How to buy and trade US shares in the UK
The US stock market is home to many mega-cap companies, including Apple, Google and Amazon. Learn more about buying and trading shares in a US-based company with our guide: how to buy and trade US shares in the UK.
Buying and trading US shares in the UK: the basics
Buying or trading shares is an integral part of most investor’s overall wealth creation strategy. But what should you do if you live in the UK and you are interested in shares from a company listed in the US?
With IG, you could be trading or investing in thousands of US shares in the UK for less, and in the same way as you would UK shares. There are just a few extra considerations around tax rules, dealing costs and currency conversion. If you buy shares, you can also earn dividends if the US company pays them to shareholders. Plus, if you already have investments in US shares, you can transfer your existing holdings to IG quickly and easily.
Complete a W-8BEN form
No individual can buy US shares without a W-8BEN form – it is a requirement of the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Therefore, the second step to buying US shares in the UK is to fill out this form. You don’t have to download anything; it can be completed on our online platform. The W-8BEN is to confirm that you are not a resident of the US. It enables us to process an individual tax benefit on your behalf – a reduction of up to 30% in the amount of US tax you’re charged on dividends from the US shares you buy.
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