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
  • 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

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.

  1. Open a Tastyworks account here, instructions here.
  2. Open a Currencyfair account here (transfer €2,000+ for €50 free bonus 🎁), instructions here.
  3. Transfer funds from your bank to Tastyworks via πŸ’± CurrencyFair, instructions here.
  4. You can now start buying U.S. ETFs, instructions here.

Still got questions? Place a comment below!

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Method #2: Obtain πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’Ό professional investor status, trade unrestricted

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 #3: Buy ETFs by exercising options, for experienced traders

Still work in progress…

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  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.

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