Own part of a company
When you buy a share you buy a very small fraction of a company. Shares usually change hands on a stock exchange with prices varying throughout the day. The price you pay or receive for a share depends on the supply and demand of that particular share.
Bank of Scotland offers investment options from a host of global markets. This includes direct access to markets in: New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Some shares are listed on an overseas market that we do not have direct access to (for example the Japanese market). You may still be able to invest in these shares using a depository receipt. Depository receipts are investments that represent holding a share listed on a different global market. To invest in an overseas share using a depository receipt, just search the name of the company in our research centre using our global search tool.
Before trading US shares
If you are looking to invest in U.S. markets for the first time; you will need to complete a W8-BEN form and the NYSE Subscriber Agreement which can be found on our International Trading page.