Curated By: Business Desk
Last Updated: December 18, 2023, 13:15 IST
Indian investors can purchase foreign stocks by investing in ETFs.
There are two ways of investing in the foreign stock market for Indian investors – by directly opening a trading account or buying ETFs.
As an Indian investor, the allure of investing in major foreign stocks like Tesla, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, or Apple often raises the desire to explore international markets. This article addresses the queries surrounding the possibility of investing in foreign stocks for Indian investors and provides insights into the available options.
Primarily, there are two avenues for Indian investors looking to venture into the foreign stock market. The first option involves direct investment by opening an overseas trading account with either a domestic or foreign broker. The second option offers an indirect approach through mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
Several domestic brokers have established partnerships with foreign stockbrokers, facilitating the process for Indian investors. To embark on this route, individuals need to open an overseas trading account with one of these brokers, involving the submission of requisite documents.
However, it’s crucial to be aware of certain restrictions imposed by brokerage firms when making foreign stock investments through domestic entities. To avoid these restrictions, investors may opt to open an overseas trading account directly with a foreign broker such as Charles Schwab, Ameritrade, or Interactive Brokers.
The second option involves investing in foreign stocks through ETFs. Investors can choose between direct and indirect routes for purchasing ETFs—either via a domestic or international broker. Additionally, numerous mutual funds focus on foreign stocks, eliminating the need to open an overseas trading account or maintain a minimum deposit.
It’s noteworthy that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued guidelines permitting Indian residents to invest up to $250,000 (approximately Rs 1.9 crore) annually without requiring special permissions. These guidelines serve as a regulatory framework for Indian investors venturing into foreign markets.
Whether opting for direct investment through overseas trading accounts or exploring the indirect route via mutual funds and ETFs, individuals can navigate the complexities of international markets while adhering to regulatory guidelines set by the RBI.
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