UK and International Stock Markets

If you’re trading on the London Stock Exchange or one of the other 6 international markets available to you, than you might find the below information helpful.

Opening hours



Stock Market



Local Times



UK Times



London (LSE)



08.00 – 16.30 



08.00 – 16.30 






09.30 – 16.00 



14.30 – 21.00 



Frankfurt (XETRA)


09.00 – 17.30  08.00 – 16.30 


Milan (MTA)  


09.00 – 17.25  08.00 – 16.25 




09.00 – 17.30  08.00 – 16.30 


Amsterdam (EURONEXT) 


09.00 – 17.30  08.00 – 16.30 


Brussels (EURONEXT) 


09.00 – 17.30  08.00 – 16.30 

These times may change. For example, the US market opening times will be affected by Daylight Savings Time.

Trading U.S. securities

IWeb Share Dealing has obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with respect to customers that hold U.S. securities and receive U.S. source income. We are required to obtain documentation from these customers that allows us to comply with these obligations and, where the customer is eligible, we can provide a reduced rate of withholding tax to their U.S. income. Therefore, customers who intend to trade in U.S. securities or who are currently holding U.S. securities must provide a valid W-8 or W-9 form.

• Download a W-8BEN form
• Download instructions for the W8-BEN form

• Download a W-9 form
• Download instructions for the W-9 form

• Download a W-8ECI form
• Download instructions for the W-8ECI form

• Download a W-8EXP form
• Download instructions for the W-8EXP form

• Download a W-8IMY form
• Download instructions for the W-8IMY form

Please send your completed form to:

Corporate Actions Department
IWeb Share Dealing
Lovell Park Road


Foreign markets will involve different risks to UK markets. In some cases the risks will be greater.





Language and cultural differences between the UK and foreign markets may mean that there is a lack of information, or difficulty in obtaining information you may consider important to your trading decisions.



Currency Risks



When trading on foreign markets or in foreign denominated contracts, the potential profit or loss arising from such transactions can be affected by fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.



Economy and Politics



General economic and political factors such as inflation or fluctuations in interest rates within the UK may impact overseas markets. In addition, there may be no correlation between the general economic outlook and market conditions within the UK as compared to foreign markets. These may be less or more favorable.



Emerging Markets


Emerging markets tend to be less developed than the UK model and this can lead to greater volatility in securities pricing. This can mean the value of your investments may quickly change.


Shareholder Rights


As a shareholder who is resident in a different jurisdiction to that of the company you're invested in, you may find that you're excluded from certain shareholder rights and benefits. For example, the ability to participate in corporate events, such as Rights Issues.

This means that you might not receive the same treatment as other shareholders and you could suffer economic losses as a result.




Tax laws in other countries are different to those in the UK. In many countries the local tax authorities will withhold an amount of tax which exceeds the rate which would apply in the UK. In particular it's worth remembering that ISAs and SIPPs will only shelter you from UK tax.

The treatment of tax is therefore likely to affect the value of and any returns you might expect from foreign investments.


Trading and Settlement


Trading volumes in foreign markets can be smaller than those in the UK. This can mean that reduced liquidity in overseas markets makes it more difficult to sell shares you have bought. Delays in settlement may also occur.



Risk warning

Please remember that the value of an investment and the income from it can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested.

We don't provide advice so if you are in any doubt about making your own investment decisions we recommend you seek advice from a suitably qualified financial adviser.

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The IWeb Share Dealing Service is operated by Halifax Share Dealing Limited. Halifax Share Dealing Limited. Registered in England and Wales no. 3195646. Registered Office: Trinity Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2RG. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HS under registration number 183332. A Member of the London Stock Exchange and an HM Revenue & Customs Approved ISA Manager.