Investing in the US Stock Market

US Market Profile - A Land of Opportunity

With the largest economy and stock exchanges in the world, the United States offers what many international investors are looking for:

  • Access to the world's most capitalised stock market
  • A very liquid stock market
  • Diverse investment opportunities

The United States remains the most important market in the world for investors. Its lucrative business climate, including regulation and taxation rules, makes it very attractive to foreign investors. No other international financial market comes close to the size, accessibility, transparency and liquidity of U.S. stock markets.


US markets are better capitalized

The U.S. stock markets represent the biggest single concentration of wealth in history. In terms of market capitalization, no other financial market comes close to the combined U.S. stock markets. As of the end of 2011, the market capitalization of the NYSE was valued at US14.242 trillions.

CountryStock ExchangeMarket Capitalization
(USD Billions)
United StatesNYSE Euronext14,242
United StatesNASDAQ OMX4,687
JapanTokyo Stock Exchange3,325
United KingdomLondon Stock Exchange3,266
ChinaShanghai Stock Exchange2,357
ChinaHong Kong Stock Exchange2,258
CanadaToronto Stock Exchange1,912
BrazilBM&F Bovespa1,229


U.S. Stock Markets are More Liquid

Just looking at the NYSE alone, the trade value was 5 times that of London, 5 times that of Tokyo, and 7 times that of United Kingdom. U.S. markets are still the biggest in terms of turnover as well as value. That means there's a very high chance of finding a buyer or seller of any particular stock at any given time.

CountryStock ExchangeTrade Value
(USD Billions)
United StatesNYSE Euronext20,161
United StatesNASDAQ OMX13,552
JapanTokyo Stock Exchange3,972
ChinaShanghai Stock Exchange3,658
ChinaShenzhen Stock Exchange2,838
United KingdomLondon Stock Exchange2,837
South KoreaKorea Exchange2,029
GermanyDeutsche B�rse1,758


U.S. Stock Markets Offer Greater Diversification

U.S. markets offer access to a huge variety of U.S. companies seeking to raise capital. With almost 6,000 companies to select from, you can invest in major companies and brands from all over the world who list their shares on U.S. financial markets.

CountryStock ExchangeNumber of Companies
United StatesNASDAQ + NYSE5,179
United KingdomLondon2,792
ChinaHong Kong + Shanghai2,189


Source: HSBC, Charles Schwab, Wikipedia


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  5 people like this.
scimitar US Presidential Election is coming! Normally the rally will start when the election is starting.
09/09/2012 01:46
NavinShah IF you invest inUSA, then you must sleep here during the day and work in the night. Otherwise by the time you wake up in the morning her, you may find yourself in a big shit.
09/10/2012 08:05
scimitar I do invest in US and Asia market... No need to be in US... I start watching the US market at 9:30pm till 3am.. and continue to look at Asia market at 9am till 4pm. What is the problem? So far, the investment is great!
09/10/2012 08:20
scimitar NavinShah, are you sleeping? :)
09/10/2012 08:56
stockblur what is the chiper US stock can buy now.. please advise
01/01/2013 03:29
andylee Look at gold mining stocks like EGO, AUQ, AUY, KGC & ABX. All these can buy after being oversold.
23/02/2013 08:55
Sanatan I am interested in trading US stocks, any recommendation of brokers ? Someone whom we can work with from Malaysia. Appreciate your advice.
16/11/2013 09:25
dralhg55 Scimitar tell me how to start sound seem good
03/01/2014 02:29
prosper Hello please am a nigerian and I really want to invest in US stocks but no broker seems to be accepting my country, what do I do.
24/04/2014 23:27
Hitman Use proxy name..Malaysian..
27/04/2014 09:19
KMGN scimitar(i respect your positive mind)
22/07/2014 07:27
wanzackraizzo hello guys how to invest??
plz help me tq
11/09/2014 07:54
layhoontan Scimitar , I also interested in US stock, but don't know how to get the broker ? Can u give us some advise.
08/01/2015 04:07
WINMO A few friends told me that US market is better than Bursa. Appreciate advise from sifu how to get a broker
19/03/2015 06:36
rodywc May I know how to get a broker in trading US stocks?
23/08/2015 05:09
3EMWE can short sell some more great
07/12/2015 09:51
yippsanguine Post removed. Why?
03/07/2016 22:36
KC Goh any broker to recommend for the US market?
23/11/2016 02:58
ikan bilis recommend thinkorswim ( under TDAmeritradeasia.com) - starting funding USD 2500 . OR Interactivebroker starting at 10K USD with cheaper brokerage. , need any further info can let me know if you really interested . ( i am currently full time trader on US market. ( only if u are really keen n passionate in trading in US market n would like to spend time & effort to learn further. ) otherwise dont contact me, becos to trade in US, u need good n persistant n discipline in your learning spirit . if not stay where u are now. be safe.
25/11/2016 08:39
KC Goh Ikan Bilis

someone recommend to me sure trader saying that the starting fund is USD 500. Do you know about sure trader?
28/11/2016 05:15
Vendha hi..ikan bilis...im very much interested in trading in US..how to contact u?
29/11/2016 08:27
Ovylim hi,ikan bilis ..currently i m using cimb itrade to trd in us market . . i found it was expensive.. how do i contact u .?
08/12/2016 01:25
sanvinair1 hi guys
19/12/2016 04:31
jason87 hi guys, we have a platform investment on U.S blue chips stock. interested parties pm me. thank you.
08/11/2017 02:32
it2116 Batm
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