Internaxx’s trading platform facilitates access to 18 global stock exchanges, supported by Morningstar research. It delivers client accounts in 9 currencies, investor tools, research and content tailored for the expat investor, as well as margin loans, derivatives, options, and futures. However, trading currencies, CFDs, options or futures are carried out via Saxo Bank.
The platform provides access to 900 funds and thousands of ETFs.
Exchange rates on cash are fairly competitive, and there is a low minimum. However, it does not allow for you to hold existing wrappers or bonds on the platform, and can therefore trigger unpleasant tax charges.
Although a wide range of funds are offered free of the initial charge, many contain high total expense ratios, which can eat into your returns. Costs of dealing stocks and ETFs (5,000 available) are good.
Useful tools such as the ‘Portfolio X-Ray tool’ and Morningstar equity research are included in the platform.
Internaxx can take up to 55% of annual fund management fees in retrocessions, which has been criticised for lack of transparency. Costs of stocks and ETF trades are between €14.95 to €50 (US/CA vs. less traded markets) and up to 0.09% commission. Trading over the phone costs an extra €20.
The most significant cost to expat users seeking a long-term investment platform is the flat fee (replacing the 0.2% pa custody charge). This is €45 if you don’t trade during the quarter, but free if you trade regularly.
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Some expats are ineligible for Internaxx accounts, such as expats in Japan, Indonesia and Bangladesh.