Global Investing

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Schwab offers a comprehensive solution for your global investing needs.

  • Equity trading in over 30 foreign markets
  • Research from Schwab and third-party experts
  • Professional support
  • Trade in 7 local currencies in 12 foreign markets via the Schwab Global Account™

Speak with a Global Investing Services specialist anytime between 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday and 5:30 p.m. ET Friday at 800-992-4685.

Why Global?

Global securities provide access to established and emerging economies having different growth prospects and economic drivers than that of the United States.

  • Non-U.S. Market Performance

    Performance of international markets can and have, at times, exceeded that of the United States. Schwab global investing resources can help you research and identify potential investment opportunities.

  • Expanding World Market

    Non-U.S. markets comprise a greater percentage of worldwide market capitalization than ever before. Non-U.S. markets are likely to continue to grow in importance as economies mature and new companies come public.

  • Greater Diversification

    Global investments can provide exposure to an asset class that may move differently than U.S. holdings, potentially lowering the overall risk of a portfolio.

    See how U.S. and international stocks have performed over time. 

  • Currency Exchange Effects

    U.S. stocks can be impacted by the value of the dollar relative to currencies of other countries. Investing in stocks from other countries can provide a layer of diversification from the U.S. dollar.

    Learn how fluctuations in foreign currency can impact the markets and what it means for international stock investors.

International investments involve additional risks, which include differences in financial accounting standards, currency fluctuations, geopolitical risk, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets.

Ways to Trade

Schwab offers a variety of trading solutions for your global trading strategy.

Schwab brokerage account

Trade most global securities in up to 30 markets online via, our StreetSmart trading platforms¹, and the Schwab Mobile app. Additionally, the Global Investing Services desk provides assistance on trading all products, including foreign securities in local markets.

Schwab Global Account™

With the Schwab Global Account, you can trade stocks directly online through Schwab in 12 of the top-traded foreign markets in their local currencies. Also get real-time quotes2 during foreign market hours.

Learn more about international stock trading at Schwab.

1. StreetSmart Edge is available to clients upon request.

2. Real-time quotes are not available to professional investors.

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Determine which account type best meets your global investing needs.

Tools, Resources and Support

Make informed trading choices with the help of international market research resources from Schwab and third-party experts.

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  • International Stock Screener

    Stock screener

    Use Schwab’s international stock screener to find opportunities using over 30 different criteria, including Schwab rating, region, country, country risk level, sector, and more.

  • Schwab Equity Ratings International™

    Schwab Equity Ratings International

    Take advantage of our proprietary rating system. This disciplined, systematic approach is based on 14 predictive criteria reflecting fundamental data, valuation, momentum, and risk for more than 4,000 large- and small-cap stocks in 28 countries.

    Learn more about Schwab Equity Ratings

  • Third-Party Research

    Third-Party Research

    View robust international market research from sources such as Morningstar, Credit Suisse, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    See a sample of available international research

  • Market Commentary

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    Read insightful articles from experts like Schwab's Chief Global Investment Strategist Jeffrey Kleintop, CFA of the Schwab Center for Financial Research. Timely, relevant commentary can help inform your trading strategy amidst changing market conditions.

    Stay up to date on the global markets through our Market Commentary library.

Take the next step.

  • Take the next step.

    Determine which account type best meets your global investing needs.

    Download a brochure that includes available markets and pricing.
    Speak with a Global Investing Services representative at 800-992-4685 between 5:30 pm ET Sunday and 5:30 pm ET Friday.