A guide to investing in ETFs while living in Germany

This guide mostly covers the details around investment taxes and brokerages available in Germany. I have written at length about the fundamentals of investing in index funds while living in Europe elsewhere, so I won’t repeat that in this post. I don’t know where to start with investing My “learn investing in 10 minutes a day” series […]

An overview of Trading 212

Trading 212 is a popular “zero-fee” broker available to investors across Europe. This is an overview of what you should consider if you plan using it. People like Trading 212 because: The shortcomings of Trading 212 are it also being a CFD broker and not accepting transferring shares to/from other brokers. I often see the […]

What happens if my broker goes bust?

You are ready to start investing your savings and you start wondering: what if the broker goes bust? How safe is the money I worked so hard to earn? Do the broker’s investor protection mechanisms also apply to me given I don’t live in the broker’s country? Can I trust a broker for 30 years? […]

An overview of Interactive Brokers for European index fund investors

Interactive Brokers (a.k.a IB) is one of the most popular brokers which are available to investors in multiple European countries. People like Interactive Brokers’ because: The shortcomings of Interactive Brokers, are that beginners often struggle with its complex user interface and pricing. I often see the following questions about any broker: The answer unfortunately is: […]

Which exchange should I use to buy ETFs?

The iShares Core MSCI World ETF has 10 different listings. Which listing should you choose whenever you have access to multiple through your broker? An ETF has multiple listings across currencies, stock exchanges and countries in order to reach more investors. A listing is an entry for a security on the stock exchange. A listing […]

An overview of DEGIRO

DEGIRO is one of the most popular brokers in Europe. People like DEGIRO because: The shortcomings of DEGIRO are its high currency conversion fees, and the fact that shares in the Basic account may be lent to 3rd parties. I often see the following questions about any broker: The answer unfortunately is: it depends. There […]

How to choose a stock broker for ETF investing?

There are so many brokers out there. Different levels of service, different pricing schemes, different domiciles. How do you decide if a broker is “bad” or “good”? How do you go about choosing one suitable for long term, passive investing through buying ETFs? Different people may choose different brokers due to different preferences. This post […]