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Hi Team,

Does any know whether TD Ameritrade (Think or Swim) is available to non-US traders?
Specifically those in the UK ?

Thanks !
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hi mate,

yes you should be able to open an account with them.
Just remember to clarify that you are a non resident alien

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hey mate ! thanks !

that's good to hear, have you or do you know anyone who has actually done it from the UK ?
When i tried to open an account via the TD Ameritrade website, I got a msg saying:

We can't open your account at this time.
As a US-registered broker-dealer, TD Ameritrate does not open accounts for residents or certain countries.

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hi mate,

yes you should be able to open an account with them.
Just remember to clarify that you are a non resident alien

... i actually don't see the ability to select "non-resident alien",
i can only say UK, so will dig deeper try to get them on the phone !

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This is from their website regarding opening a account.
"This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business or where such offer or solicitation would be contrary to the local laws and regulations of that jurisdiction, including, but not limited to persons residing in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UK, and the countries of the European Union."

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This is from their website regarding opening a account.
"This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business or where such offer or solicitation would be contrary to the local laws and regulations of that jurisdiction, including, but not limited to persons residing in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UK, and the countries of the European Union."

Hm! sounds like a very long and winded way to say: you can't open an account (TD/ThinkOrSwim) from these countries..

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I've read similar statements because these restrictions apply to German citizens as well, but I've read as well that you should contact customer support in order to open an account despite of these restrictions....should be worth a try.

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This is from their website regarding opening a account.
"This is not an offer or solicitation in any jurisdiction where we are not authorized to do business or where such offer or solicitation would be contrary to the local laws and regulations of that jurisdiction, including, but not limited to persons residing in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UK, and the countries of the European Union."

Sorry, didn't want to mislead you, apparently it happened with the change of regulations in 2018.
If it's just not about their platform I think you should try IBKR if you want to trade shares, if I am not wrong they lifted the minimum account requirement

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I've read similar statements because these restrictions apply to German citizens as well, but I've read as well that you should contact customer support in order to open an account despite of these restrictions....should be worth a try.

I'll keep trying to get hold of someone on the phone and let you guys know if anything comes out of it, yesterday i was on hold for 45 mins but will try again

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Sorry, didn't want to mislead you, apparently it happened with the change of regulations in 2018.
If it's just not about their platform I think you should try IBKR if you want to trade shares, if I am not wrong they lifted the minimum account requirement

Ah, thanks ! what reg happened in 2018 ?
I'll still try to confirm with a call
I was keen on their platform for Options Trading (i heard good feedback on fills/executions)
currently using TW
Aware of IBK too, haven't gone down that route (yet)

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Ah, thanks ! what reg happened in 2018 ?
I'll still try to confirm with a call
I was keen on their platform for Options Trading (i heard good feedback on fills/executions)
currently using TW
Aware of IBK too, haven't gone down that route (yet)

there was a big shake up on products offered to retail investors by the ESMA (European Security Markets Authority). Like ban on binary options, limits on leverage (max 30:1), registration to FCA and other local authorities.
I don't happen to know the specific issues that led TDA to stop their offer in the EU/UK

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