Forex-Broker mit IRA-Konten – unsere ehrliche Meinung

Why I moved on from Robinhood to a proper broker (and am not looking back)

Hello fellow autists. It has now been around two weeks where I've moved on from Robinhood and am now using a proper broker (TD Ameritrade, using their "Think or Swim" mobile app / desktop app). I had been using Robinhood for about 1.5 years, but didn't realize the vast amounts of benefits you get at a proper broker (described below). I wish someone had told me about all this when I first started trading, so now I'm passing on this knowledge to youuuuuu. Perhaps other brokers have most if not all of these benefits, but I don't got experience with them.
Combine having “unlimited” day trades with seeing proper indicators on a chart . . . and you can do my new day trading strategy of buying a few options when you see a setup occur (such as a stock going below the low of the day, or buying after it breaks the 200d ma). Then when the price hits a resistance point (such as the pre market highs), you can sell 50-75% of the contracts and lock in profits. Then you can add to your positions on pullbacks or just let the rest ride.
You can also link all of your accounts... And then trade with them all at once. So in a few clicks I can take a single trade that gets executed on my day trading account, my Roth IRA, and my traditional IRA
Just download “Think or swim” and try out the “paper trading” at least, it's all free. You can also open a regular account and just do all of your chart viewing and option browsing, then go into RH if you want to buy in there. PM me if you have any questions :D
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Introduction to investing as a U.S. citizen residing in Japan

[meta: I ask for help in making sure this information is accurate and correct. Please contribute as you see fit!]
WARNING!! I am not a lawyer, accountant, or broker, nor do I have any experience or training in any of those fields. ALWAYS confirm with a professional before taking any advice you read on the internet.
If you're old enough to pay taxes, you should start investing. The earlier, the better.
Here’s another example to illustrate the enormous benefit of getting an early start. At age 25, Eric Early invests $4,000 per year in a Roth IRA for 10 years and stops investing. His total investment is $40,000. Larry Lately makes yearly deposits of $4,000 in his Roth IRA starting at age 35 for 30 years. His total investment is $120,000. Assuming both portfolios earn an 8 percent average annual return, at age 65, Eric’s IRA will be worth $629,741, but Larry’s IRA will be worth only $489,383. By starting 10 years earlier and making one third of the investment, Eric ends up with 29 percent more.
- quote from "The Boglehead's Guide to Investing"
Target audience
This is an introduction for U.S. citizens with residency in Japan who want to do long-term investing in U.S. equity (stocks, bonds, etc.).
This advice may not be accurate for citizens of countries other than the U.S. or for those U.S. citizens living in Japan who work for the military or are only temporarily living and working in Japan as affiliated with a U.S. company. This is also not advice for ForEx or day traders looking to make money. Nor is it advice for what to invest in. This is also not advice for investing in the Japanese stock market.
This is just one way to invest in U.S. equity from Japan. There are other ways.
  • You're a U.S. citizen
  • Your income is in JPY
  • You want to invest in U.S. equity (stock market, bond market, etc)
  • You have basic knowledge about taxes and tax-related terms
  • You have at least $10,000 USD to invest (or $3,000 USD if age 25 or younger)
I am an ordinary guy living in Japan. I have disposable income and, rather than pour all of it into my local izakaya and Philipino hookers (who hang out in front of Mister Donut at night and ask if I "want the massage?" (just kidding, really!)), I wanted to invest in my future by saving for retirement. I'm an early 30's-year-old guy and spent about a month reading up on investing and then set off trying to invest as a resident of Japan.
My Story
I moved to Japan 3 years ago after working in the U.S. I have an IRA leftover from my time in the U.S., but never contributed to it since moving to Japan (thankfully - find out why in a bit). I recently saw a post from /personalfinance (seriously, go read information in that sub if you want to have more money upon retirement or just get out of debt!) and decided to read the book "The Boglehead's Guide to Investing" based on recommendations there. After that, I started looking into my options for investing from Japan.
Before I left the U.S. for Japan, I rolled over my 401k into an IRA using Vanguard (arguably the best broker available for U.S. citizens). Since moving to Japan, I had not contributed anything to my IRA. So, the first thing I wanted to do was start contributing to my IRA again, and use any remainder to invest in U.S. equity. Turns out this is not as easy as it sounds.
I found out that in order to legally contribute to my IRA, I had to pay U.S. taxes on my income used to contribute to it. Well, if you're like me and don't make an awful lot of money, you're probably filing with Foreign Tax Credit/IRS Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. This stuff basically let's you deduct all your taxes in Japan, as it on Japanese income and you already paid glorious Nippon taxes on that income. For me, this basically meant that I owed the IRS absolutely nothing every year. Great! Right? Buuuuut since I didn't pay any U.S. tax on my income, I cannot use it to contribute to my IRA! Dammit! (But actually a blessing in disguise because if I had been contributing to my IRA, I would have been breaking U.S. tax law because I didn't pay taxes on it.)
So, I started looking into other ways to invest: the U.S. stock market, bonds, etc. After reading The Boglehead's Guide, I knew I wanted to invest in Vanguard's mutual index funds. My first instinct was to open a brokerage account (which is different from your IRA account) with Vanguard. I started filling out the online form, but ran into issues. You have to specify a U.S. address. Also, you have to specify your U.S. employer. I had neither of these, so I called Vanguard (from Japan at a ridiculous call charge) and spoke with someone about doing this. They gave me the OK but said I'd have to submit a paper form through snail mail, and sent me a PDF to fill out and mail in. I mailed it (from Japan using EMS which was like $20..), and got a call about a week later. Surprise! Because I'm not working in Japan temporarily for a U.S. company or living on a U.S. military base (considered U.S. soil, I assume?), I actually can't open a brokerage account with them. Dammit again! What a waste of money calling them and mailing the form overseas.
So, I started looking into other options. I read about a few other brokers and most people agreed that I should either use Fidelity or Interactive Brokers. I had never heard of Interactive Brokers and honestly they seemed scary at first, so I decided to go with Fidelity, who I had actually heard of and is a U.S. based firm. I created an account with Fidelity, but once again ran into roadblocks when trying to open a stock trading account. I didn't have a U.S. address or employer, and actually wasn't able to link my U.S. bank account with them either (for reasons unknown). Dammit once again!
So, I started reading more about Interactive Brokers. Okay, it's still a little scary, but there are positive reports about using them online. I signed up for an account with minimal hassle, linked up my bank account, was able to transfer money over to them, and then successfully bought U.S. shares! Sweet success! Finally!

How to Invest

Part I: Contributing to your IRA
If you do not have an IRA, you probably should, as they are your basic investment option and tax-friendly to boot. However, good luck setting one up as a resident in Japan! Vanguard will happily babysit an IRA you opened prior to leaving the U.S., but they will not let you open a new one with a foreign address. I don't know about other brokers such as Fidelity or Schwabb, but it's probably the same story there.
If you are like me and happen to have an IRA leftover in the U.S., you CAN contribute to it, but in order to do so you must not deduct your Japanese tax on your IRS 1040 or file Form 1116, "Foreign Tax Credit". In other words, you must pay U.S. taxes on any income used to contribute to the IRA.
Refer to your broker for how to actually get the money to them from Japan.
Part II: Investing in U.S. Equity from Japan
Using Interactive Brokers
First, let me tell you a little bit about Interactive Brokers (IB). They are a service mostly used by regulaprofessional traders. The fees are very low and reasonable. However, they have a service charge of $10/month if your commission is equal to or less than $10 USD in that month. This is probably not a problem for people over 25 years old investing with $10,000+ USD, but for people 25 and under with an initial investment of $3000, it's possible you might not make the minimum commission per month. Beware of this fee.
IB lets you fund the account from many different currencies, regardless of what market you are buying (this needs confirmation, but seems to be accurate). So, whether you have a U.S. bank account or a Japanese bank account, you can fund the IB account. You can even fund from both.
IB does not let you invest in U.S. mutual funds. This sounds like a deal-breaker, but it's actually not. You can still invest in U.S. ETFs. This includes Vanguard's total stock market index ETF, total bond market index ETF, etc.
IB has an iPhone app that is pretty good and probably an Android app too. Although, as someone doing long-term investing for retirement, you probably don't need this and don't want to be checking your account too much (refer to /personalfinance as to why).
IB has multiple account types. You will probably see IBLLC and IBSJ. The differences are two-fold: First: an IBSJ is only used to trade Japan domestic equity. You don't want this because you want to trade U.S. equity. Instead, IBLLC is used to trade overseas (U.S. equity). Second: as of 2016, IBJS requires your My Number information, but IBLLC does not. Again, you don't want IBJS, so don't worry about the My Number information.
Open a "Japan Resident Individual Account for IBLLC" account online. This is a lengthy process. Make sure you have the required information.
  • You will need to send info about your current address in Japan, your 在留カード (zairyuu/"gaijin" card), job information, bank account information, and so on. I got confused and sent my My Number card information as well, but this only caused a hiccup in their process and I was told to remove it. Don't submit your My Number information.
  • You need to choose your base currency. Your base currency determines what currency you trade in and receive dividends/money from selling in. I think you need to specify USD here, but not sure. I chose USD because U.S. stocks are in USD and I used my U.S. bank account to intially fund my account. It may not matter, but this needs confirmation.
  • You need to specify that you have trading experience. I forget the actual numbers you need to put into the form, but make sure you put enough experience that allows you to trade ETFs overseas. You can fiddle with the numbers right there in the form, and options open up as you change the numbers. Play with it until it's just right. This part is hazy, and just seems to be some safeguards for IB so that new investors can't sue/blame IB for their own trading stupidity when they lose all their money. If you really don't have any experience trading, IB offers virtual "fake" accounts you can use to play around with trading. I suggest you try it.
After about a week you should have your new account. The next step is funding it, or you may have selected to fund it up front when you created the account so it may already be done. Anyway, the easiest way is to have IB request the wire transfer from your bank. I did this. It was really annoying, but it took about another week or so to go through. Beware that you probably can't start buying right away and need to wait for the transfer to clear.
Congratulations! You're ready to start buying now. Refer to /personalfinance in what to invest in. Remember that you are limited to buying ETFs and a few other things, and not mutual funds (but you can get their ETF equivalents).
TBD... (anyone want to fill this out?)
Part III: Taxes
You need to declare and pay taxes on your dividends and any capital gains you make. Beware.
TBD... (this is arguably the most important part, but I just don't have time to go into it now. Someone feel free to help!)
TL;DR: Open an account with Interactive Brokers online and buy ETFs.
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[26/M] Receiving a windfall and looking for a bit of a clean slate

I'm 26 currently making around $30k a year doing freelance work after transitioning into a new industry. I live at home and my previous work experience allowed me to pay off any debt I had. I'm at a point now where I would like to make some of my investments a little bit safer but also have an account to play around with a bit.
First of all, I have been maxing out my Roth IRA at vanguard for a few years now and will continue to do so; no 401k in my line of work unfortunately. I do not foresee myself moving out any time soon and if I did it would most likely be only for a few years with roommates before I end up inheriting a small house.
Currently my main savings is $12k sitting in a High Yield Investor Checking account with Charles Schwab. This is a .1% APY checking account with a brokerage account attached. There are no fees for this account.
The more complicated part of my situation is this. I have an Interactive Brokers account that I opened up when I was 24 with about $5k. I was pretty dumb with this money and invested in a small number of individual stocks. I haven't sold any of my original investments and I'm up a couple grand right now but would like to get this money into something a little less risky. Since I am now over 25 Interactive Brokers is also charging $10 a month unless I can cover that in commission which lately I haven't been doing. I will also be receiving a $30k inheritance soon.
What I think I want to do is sell off most of what I have in my Interactive Brokers account right now and set up a lazy portfolio with either Schwab or Vanguard with the inheritance and a chunk of what I take out of IB. Any preference for the two?
My main question then is where to go with the money I would like to play around with? I am not looking to ever get in to options, futures, forex, etc and will mainly just be gambling/speculating with some excess income. Commission fees are great with the IB account but there may be some spans of time where I just want to relax and the idea of paying $10 bucks a month for something I wouldn't be utilizing anywhere near its full potential isn't that appealing to me. Then again, for the periods where I do want to be active, the much higher commission costs at other brokerages will be bothersome. Is Robinhood possibly a good route for me to take? I also wouldn't mind something with a much simpler interface as sometimes IB's TWS makes my head start to spin.
Part of me also thinks going with Schwab for everything might not be such a bad idea. Any thoughts?
Anyway, I appreciate the help and hopefully my plans don't seem extremely dumb.
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Student with extra savings, maxed IRA, no 401k [UK & US]

I'm currently a senior undergraduate engineering student at a public university in the US, though I came over from the UK a few years ago, so I have bank accounts in both countries. I'm looking to stay long-term in the US, and plan to enroll in a PhD program here next fall, but I'm open to returning to the UK for a masters program, depending on the university and the funding available, then returning to the US for a PhD.
I'm in a pretty good spot financially, but I have some savings that I don't know what to do with.
  1. I've maxed my Roth IRA contributions for the past two years, and am not eligible for a 401k. What should I do with my savings / emergency fund, given my monthly expenses? Should I continue making the maximum IRA contribution next year?
  2. I've been thinking about opening a brokerage account to do some long-term stock investing (< $1k) in both domestic and foreign stocks (maybe ADR). Any opinions on this, and in particular regarding Scottrade as a broker? Or should I open another brokerage account in the UK for foreign stocks (not familiar with US tax implications)?
  3. I have a UK account that I don't know what to do with. Should I just leave it, or move the funds to the US, taking into account forex risk? If I leave them abroad, I'd like to continue keeping the amount small so I don't have to deal with FBAR. Also, I left before receiving a National Insurance number, so I don't believe I qualify for an ISA.
  1. Scholarship (covers tuition, housing, meal plan, and books): ~$20k / year
  2. Research (part time as a student assistant): ~$3k / year
  3. Summer internship (three months): ~$10 -15k, depending
  1. Vanguard Roth IRA (maxed for this and last year, in index funds): $10.5k
  2. American Express HYS (currently 0.85% APY): ~$12k
  3. PenFed CD (1.35% APY, 2015 maturity): $1k
  4. Chase Checking: ~$2k
  5. UK Barclays Savings (3.25% AER to 0.31% AER after 1yr): ~£1.5k
  1. PenFed CC: ~$1k (limit)
  2. Discover CC: ~$1k (limit)
  1. University (covered by scholarship, billed biannually)
  2. Health insurance through parents, no car, no debt
  3. Cell phone, dining, miscellaneous purchases, etc: < $50 / month, (paid in full on CC)
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My investment plan - warning long

My investment plan
Hello all I wanted to share my investment plan here to get some advice and ask some questions. A little background about me I’m married have abo both still in college almost done and I’m 25 both have stable jobs. We have no real debt to speak of. I have been trading in forex for two years never have really loss or gained any returns. But I only invested only $200 just to put a toe in the water. I’m here not to ask for advice on buying a particular stock I know that’s not real welcome, I’m more here to gain more insight and to discuss my investment plan and take suggestions. However over the past couple of months I have grown more concerned of our finical future and began to think more on the lines of short(day to day) medium(5-10 years) and long (retirement) terms when it comes to investing.
The way I’m thinking of breaking my investments down are in three ways:
Long term (retirement)
I’m thinking about doing a Roth IRA account, I do have a retirement account with my employer( that I really do need to check on I have not touched it since I opened it.) I’m not sure which broker I want to go with for a Roth IRA, however I do have a few questions about how the interworking’s work. I plan on wanting this option to be more hand off not much interaction however the most interaction every quarter.
I know you’re supposed to feed money to the account during the year, but how much money do you need to open the account?
Also does the money come from your Check when one gets paid or does one make the despots on their own from there bank account?
Can it also be monthly deposits and can those be variable $50 one month $100 the next month or $0?
Form what I have read its best to choose Index funds and not picking the stocks yourself, the indexes should give your IRA a good diversification. Or how should I invest it. Should I consider a Lazy portfolios like what is suggested here ?
I don’t want to rollover my current retirement account with my employer is there any negatives to having the retirement account with my employer and opening a Roth IRA and have two retirement account?
I have looked at vanguard since it was recommend by investing for the longer term option, besides there low fees why go with them? I have look at their site they are currently a top contender. Also the suggestion from this thread ( ) seems to be in line with what I have plan.
Medium (5-10) years
For medium term investments I’m thinking of doing dividend reinvestment plans and Direct Stock Purchase Plans. For this I have selected a company and I wouldn’t mind having this money tied up and the stock is cheap. one can buy stock from them and the stock you directly hold and one gets paid dividends and they are reinvested. I will probably look at other companies as my capital grows but I was wanting to use Coca-Cola as a starting point for DRP and DSP. What does investing think?
*Day to day * I do have experience in trading the forex market, never have really made anything and I have not blown an account. Here I’m thinking of just day to day trading, I choose forex over day trading stocks because it’s what I already know and placing each trade is cheaper than what I have seen when trading stocks. I know forex seems to be risky however what other day to day investment tool is not risky…. I don’t plan on putting a lot of money here just something to earn extra cash from.
Gold and silver
I also do over time however plan on buying physical gold and silver, I won’t put a lot into this but if the opportunity comes up and the above is being well funded and I have spare income I do plan on buy silver then gold.
High interest online bank
I see this mention quite a bit does investing have a compiled list? Or recommend a online bank?
So that’s my investment plan and questions. I’m sure some will find major holes in it but if you do all I ask is give your reason and a suggestion. Didn’t expect this be this long, but hey I gave a warning. I don’t expect one person to be able to answer all of these questions, so don’t feel like you have to just if you have something to say or suggest just chime in. If you have any questions just ask. Thanks for taking the time to read.
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