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rothmanj

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US Investment accounts while overseas
« on: February 17, 2018, 11:04:51 PM »
Greetings All!

Question I am hoping you can point me in the right direction on.  I recently (2 weeks!) entered my FIRE stage and moved overseas. I updated my address with my bank and they informed me they couldn't administer my index funds any more if I'm overseas.  Any suggestions?

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Re: US Investment accounts while overseas
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 12:48:29 AM »
Presumably this is Vanguard?

For some reason they have a policy of not working with non US residents.
People avoid this by working with any other brokerage company, and/or not informing Vanguard that they are overseas.

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Re: US Investment accounts while overseas
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2019, 02:40:19 AM »
I thought it was a bunch of brokerages (Fidelity, Morgan Stanley and a few others). Or do they just not allow you to open accounts?

What happens with the whole mutual fund abroad issue? Sadly, I have MFs, not ETFs.


ugh...

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Re: US Investment accounts while overseas
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2019, 03:10:05 PM »
Vanguard definitely doesn't work with non US residents. Wouldn't surprise me if the others have similar policies, but since I don't have anything with them I've never checked.

A common way around it is to still have a US postal address either through friends/family who will receive and forward the mail or by paying for a service that does this.

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Re: US Investment accounts while overseas
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2019, 09:45:41 PM »
I thought it was a bunch of brokerages (Fidelity, Morgan Stanley and a few others). Or do they just not allow you to open accounts?

What happens with the whole mutual fund abroad issue? Sadly, I have MFs, not ETFs.


ugh...

This is one of those urban legends that the Internet loves to spread again and again.

It's technically illegal for non-US residents to buy MFs. Which is dumb. But there is nothing illegal about owning them, so if you are accumulating while outside the US just buy ETFs. nbd.

I have accounts with Fidelity, Vanguard, JP Morgan, and Etrade. No problems.
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