Rodney Hobson

International share swaps: 12 alternatives to UK shares

Sticking with what you know is not a bad philosophy for investors, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking at overseas companies. It need not be a big step out of your comfort zone. For every familiar company listed on the London Stock Exchange, there are almost certainly several more in a similar line of business operating elsewhere.

You can widen your portfolio safely by considering profitable foreign alternatives that pay steady or rising dividends, so we asked four investment experts to suggest overseas alternatives to well-known British companies.

Your essential guide to: trading international shares

Technology has completely transformed stockmarket investing abroad, just as it has at home. Not only is it now far easier to be fully informed about foreign companies, but it is simpler to trade in their shares and the whole process is so cheap that it takes only a tiny nibble out of your cash pile.