How to buy U.S. ETFs πŸ¦… from Europe?

In many countries, buying U.S. domiciled exchange traded funds (ETFs) is very hard or seemingly impossible to do. Are you also wondering how to buy U.S. ETFs from Europe?

Like you, I was looking to spend some money on πŸ—½ liberty-containing financial instruments. Based on my findings, I have compiled a free and easy guide that will let you buy any U.S. ETF you like, such as:

  • Vanguard VOO, VTI and VXUS
  • ARK Invest ARKK, ARKQ, ARKW, ARKG, and ARKF
  • ProShares UPRO, TQQQ, SPXU, and SQQQ
  • Direxion SOXL, DFEN, SPXL and TECL
  • Invesco TAN, QQQ, and QQQJ
  • and many more…

Ways to buy U.S. ETFs

Despite all the boring πŸ’€ regulation (PRIIPs) requiring specific documentation for ETFs (Key Information Document, or KID/KIID), there still are ways for Europeans to legally buy U.S. domiciled πŸ“ˆ ETFs. It’s not even much of a hassle and has very little costs. Let’s have a look at the options.

Method #1: Buy ETFs cheap and easy via πŸ’ Tastyworks

Difficulty: πŸ‘Ά Easy

Minimum: πŸ’Ά ~€2,000

Access: πŸ’― All ETFs

This method is by far the most accessible of all. It works by simply using a U.S. based broker instead of a European one. Besides offering ETFs, the broker has to support funding from Europe with low fees πŸ’΅ for this to be attractive. So far, I’ve found it works great with Tastyworks.

Tastyworks also doesn’t charge any fees for buying stocks and ETFs, a major advantage compared to most European brokers. Follow the steps below and you’re good to go.

Tastyworks also doesn’t charge any fees for buying stocks and ETFs, a major advantage compared to most European brokers. Follow the steps below and you’re good to go.

  1. Open a Tastyworks accountΒ here.

    Click here for detailed instructions.

  2. Open a Currencyfair accountΒ here.

    Transfer €2,000+ for a €50 free bonus 🎁, click here for instructions.

  3. Transfer funds from your bank to Tastyworks.

    Initiate cheap transfers via πŸ’± CurrencyFair, click here for instructions.

  4. You can now start buying U.S. ETFs! πŸŽ‰

    Click here to read how to place an order on Tastyworks.

Still got questions? Place a comment below!





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Method #2: Get U.S. ETF exposure 🌎 via CFDs

Difficulty: πŸ‘Ά Easy

Minimum: πŸ‘› ~€200

Access: πŸ›’ 250+ ETFs

Though CFDs aren’t available for all U.S. ETFs, it may still be a good option if you’re mainly interested in the popular ones. The ease and low minimum deposit makes this an attractive option for people looking to buy common U.S. ETFs through a European broker.

Click this link to check out the simple guide I wrote to help you setup your eToro account, and get 🧠 informed about what CFDs are and how to use them to trade U.S. ETFs.


Method #3: Obtain πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό professional investor status, trade unrestricted

Difficulty: 🧠 Medium

Minimum: πŸ’° ~€500,000

Access: πŸ’― All ETFs

Got a large (€500,000+) πŸ’° portfolio and want to stick with a European broker when buying U.S. exchange traded funds? In that case, obtaining professional status might be suitable for you. Find the instructions here, but be aware this method will only suit a very select group of people.


Method #4: Buy ETFs by exercising options, for experienced traders

Difficulty: 🀯 Hard

Minimum: πŸ’³ ~€10,000

Access: πŸ”₯ Most ETFs

Still work in progress…





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24 comments

  1. Hi, I am very happy to find your website. I was looking for a way to buy and sell option on American stocks. If I am correct you can transfer money through Currencyfair to Tastyworks. How do you withdraw money from Tastyworks? Also through Currency fair?

    1. Hi Thusyanthan, yes, you can also withdraw back to CurrencyFair, it costs $25. You can also directly withdraw to an IBAN, but it is more expensive ($45). Personally I don’t really withdraw so it’s not an issue for me. Best not to do it too often. Let me know if you got any more questions. Good luck!

      1. Thanks, Let us keep informed if Webull or robinhood or some other company enter the European market.

    1. Hi HS, Not to worry; the U.S. actually has much better protection for your funds in a brokerage account than in Europe. Your funds on Tastyworks are insured through SIPC insurance. Basically, uninvested cash is protected up to $250,000 and you are protected up to $500,000 for your whole account (so if you don’t keep any cash this means your equities are covered up to half a millions dollars, if you keep cash in the account it will be covered up to a maximum of $250,000, hope this explanation makes sense to you). To quote the SIPC themselves:

      “There is no requirement that a customer reside in or be a citizen of the United States. A non-U.S. citizen with an account at a brokerage firm that is a member of SIPC is treated the same as a resident or citizen of the United States with an account at a SIPC member brokerage firm.”

      Here you can read more about it on their website if you are interested.

      As for taxation, it will depend on the country you’re living in. For some countries such as the Netherlands it should not make a difference, while for others there can be tax implications. As you will understand I cannot advise on this so please check with your local tax authority.

      Good luck!

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