Investing in other countries around the world is something that many traders in the US and elsewhere are desperate to do. With domestic financial instruments starting to look tired to some people, the allure of foreign markets is clear to see. In order to do it right, though, it’s important to think carefully about everything from the instrument type that you’d like to go for to the economic situation on the ground in your chosen country.

Do your reading

Thanks to both the internet and to the proliferation of globalized investment networks, it’s now easier than ever to get involved in international investing. However, just because you can buy shares in China or contribute to an investment fund in Japan doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do it right now before you’ve carried out your research. There are several hurdles that you may have to overcome first: there may be significant inflationary problems in your chosen destination, for example, or issues around imports and exports. Once you know about these sorts of problems, you can press ahead and mitigate them.

Consider CFDs

Stocks and shares have their advantages, but they’re not always the best option – especially when it comes to worldwide trading. Some people find, for example, that the company that they want to invest in only offers shares to nationals of the same country, or they want to trade on an index that isn’t readily available in their own country. Signing up with a contracts for difference, or CFD, broker is a good way to achieve this. These instruments are much more flexible than stocks, and they often cover a wider range of markets. They’re also easily accessed: CFDs can be traded online, and broker platform sign-ups can be completed in as little as a day. While CFD share ownership does not transfer any ownership of the asset that it mimics, you’ll still be able to profit – and lose – in the same way that you would with a “real” share.

Be prepared to wait

Unlike CFD trading, actual international trading isn’t something that can happen overnight – and if you invest physically in a different country, then you may find that your time is quickly sapped. Some countries or investment vehicles may require foreign traders to get permission before they can start trading: investors in China, for example, have to go through approved brokers’ offices in major cities in order to gain access. When you come to convert your international profits back into your home currency, you’ll most likely need to wait until your own currency is at a level where it won’t deplete your profits post-conversion.

Worldwide investing is a smart move for many, and it’s one that has paid off for those global investors who made the right choices. By following the tips here, you can increase your chances of joining this group. By practicing patience, restraint and research, you’ll give yourself an even better shot of achieving your goals.