Hi, this is my first post and I have zero (0) experience on real trading so go easy.
I am a 25 year old Australian living in rural China at the moment but would like to make some medium term trades now and then, and have been doing a spot of paper-trading for over a year fairly successfully.
Unfortunately my initial investigations have been less fruitful than expected:
- CommSec requires posting stuff to Australia to open an account, understandable but a hassle. Secondly, I just quit the Commonwealth Bank as I feel their (banking) service is extremely poor and with high fees (now with CUA, who have zero fees and superior internet banking - in short, they rock!)... so I'm inclined to look elsewhere if at all possible.
- The Etrade website wouldn't come up AT ALL from China - I don't know where they host it, but because of this fact, compared to CommSec they definitely lose my custom just on the international access.
I know there are more online brokerages but I get the feeling researching each in depth would take days.
So my question is: are there any experienced traders out there who have been trading long-term overseas, if so please tell me which online broker you use, how long you have been using them, and in what country or on what infrastructure do you trade?
I will use your responses to make a shortlist of online brokers for further investigation.
An Aussie in China