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Equity Investment

Equity Shares, Stocks and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in 34 Markets

Our equities at a glance:

  •   trade equities in 34 stock markets across the world
  •   diversify your portfolio with equity shares investment and spread your risk across a wide range of currencies, locations and markets
  •   access a wide range of financial markets with offshore equity investments
  •   Trading equities on your own via Citi Online or through your Relationship Manager
  •   potentially get higher returns in equities than by investing in bonds or cash deposits
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  • Overview
  • Equity investment at Citi
  • Management and fees

What is equity investment?

Equity investment is when you buy one or more shares in a company and invest directly in that business.

You buy your equity shares and receive returns in the form of a dividend which the company may choose to pay – often annually, however it can be at the company's discretion. It's important to note that the value of your equity investment may increase or fall depending on the underlying value of the company.

For many investors, equity trading is a key part of their overall wealth management strategy and, if you want to grow your wealth across the globe, equity trading via a wealth management firm is one method of doing this.

Who could consider investing in equities?

The stock market can fluctuate due to market pressures and individual country economics. Therefore equities are suitable for those who:

  • are prepared to invest for the longer term
  • have knowledge and understanding of the market
  • understand that while they can potentially receive great returns, they can also potentially lose money

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Benefits and risks

  • You will potentially get higher returns than if you invested in bonds or cash deposits.
  • The price of stocks and shares may increase over time, making your portfolio worth potentially more in the future.
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  • The returns you will get are not known so it can be hard to plan your finances. You may lose all your investment, if the company you invested in goes bankrupt.
  • The price of a stock can fluctuate in the financial market and fluctuation can be extreme. Consequently you will suffer from investment loss if the price falls. Past performance is not indicative of future results, investments can go down as well as up.

Citi's equity investment choice

  • Types of equities

    Here are examples of the main types of equities available to you:

    Preferred shares

    As well as being able to buy and sell equity shares, we also offer access to preferred shares which are issued over a fixed period of time with an agreed rate of interest. Holders of preferred shares have priority over standard shareholders for payment of dividends, but they have no voting rights.

    Exchange Traded Funds

    You can also use our International Brokerage Service to invest in Exchange-Traded Funds. These are pooled investment products that track stock market indices – such as the FTSE 100.

    By pooling your money with other investors you can get quick access to stock market performance while spreading your risk across all of the companies within a particular index. Exchange-Traded Funds are traded on stock exchanges in the same way as individual stocks.

    As part of our Citi UK Offshore proposition, you can also access Exchange-Traded Notes which are effectively a combination of a bond and an Exchange-Traded Fund (they are a form of open-ended debt security where the return is linked to a market index). Plus you can buy or sell Exchange-Traded Commodities, which allow you to gain exposure to commodities without actually taking delivery of the commodity or trading futures.

    Depository Receipts

    You can buy and sell American and Global Depository Receipts.

    American Depositary Receipts are certificates issued by US banks that hold actual shares of a company's stock.

    Global Depository Receipts are certificates issued by a depository bank which buys shares in foreign companies. They allow you to benefit from the movement in share values of companies in developing countries for example, without having to purchase the stock directly.

  • Global markets

    Access 34 stock markets…

    Citi's equity investment service gives you direct access to 34 financial markets, so you can choose the markets that suit your specific needs.

    • Australia (Melbourne)
    • Austria (Vienna)
    • Belgium (Brussels)
    • Canada (Toronto & Venture)
    • Denmark (Copenhagen)
    • Finland (Helsinki)
    • France (Paris)
    • Germany (Frankfurt & Xetra etc)
    • Greece (Athens)
    • Hong Kong
    • Ireland (Dublin)
    • Italy (Milan)
    • Japan (Tokyo)
    • Netherlands (Amsterdam)
    • New Zealand (Auckland)
    • Norway (Oslo)
    • Portugal (Lisbon)
    • Singapore
    • Spain (Madrid)
    • Sweden (Stockholm)
    • Switzerland (Zurich)
    • United Kingdom (LSE, IOB etc)
    • United States (NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX etc)
  • Onshore & offshore

    Citi can help you diversify your wealth on a global scale and take advantage of both onshore and offshore investments, giving you access to an even wider range of markets and products. We help make international wealth management easy for you by offering investment opportunities in a way that is clear and straightforward.

    Depending on your individual circumstances, offshore investments may bring certain tax advantages which is particularly useful if you are an expatriate living and working in the UK.

    Please note Citi does not provide tax advice and investors should seek advice from a tax adviser.

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Managing your equities with Citi

Your dedicated Relationship Manager

Your dedicated Relationship Manager:

  • Will be available to arrange investment transactions on your behalf
  • Can give you general advice and guidance on trading best practice
  • Will give guidance on how equities can form part of a balanced portfolio
  • Won't be able to advise on what to trade or execute on
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Through Citi Online

Through Citi Online:

  • Open your brokerage account
  • View and track your transaction status
  • Search for equities and bonds from around the world
  • Trade online, place, edit, buy and sell orders, including limit orders
  • Monitor your equities online and on mobile 24/7
  • Receive monthly combined banking & investment statements

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Eligibility and fees


Equities are available to all clients who have the appropriate knowledge and experience.

Online trading via Citi Online is subject to minimum tradable lots (it varies per each security).

Trading via telephone: minimum US$10,000 (or currency equivalent)

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Transaction fees

The commission rates when trading equities and exchange traded funds (ETF/ETC) via Citi Online are:

Trading value up to US$99,999: 0.45%*

Trading value of US$100,000 – US$499,999: 0.35%*

Trading value of US$500,000 or more: 0.25%*

*Percentage is based on the amount of the trade.

Minimum trading commission:

Trading via Citi Online minimum US$75 (or currency equivalent)

Trading via other channels minimum US$100 (or currency equivalent)

Brokerage charges and third party fees

These charges will vary based on the nature of the security and the market in which it is traded and settled. Your Relationship Manager will inform you of the charges at the time of the trade, or, if trading via Citi Online, these charges will be displayed before confirming your order. Fees and taxes levied by the exchange or the relevant regulatory authorities may be passed on to you.

Global custody fee

This applies for all investment products. The standard rate is 0.5% p.a. of all investments held by a client with Citi, charged on a monthly basis.

Why Wealth Manage at Citi?

  • As part of a model portfolio Receive guidance to meet your financial goals

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  • Speak to a dedicated Relationship Manager Seek advice and buy individual funds

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  • Easy access to your wealth Invest at your convenience through our online platform

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  • From an international selection Choose funds from 34 global markets

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  • As offshore investments Diversify your wealth on a global scale

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We offer a diverse range of banking and investment services, including for those who want access to offshore investments

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We can save you time money and hassle. If you are a foreign national in the UK, Citi's International Banking Service can help you manage your money, home and away.

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Important information
Investment products are not insured by any governmental agencies, are not bank deposits, and are neither obligations of, nor guaranteed by, Citigroup, or any of its affiliates, unless otherwise stated.

Investment products are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of some or all of the principal amount invested. Past performance is not indicative of future results, investments can go down as well as up.