[quote=“Filthywaffle”]Been having some trouble with opening an account with the US online brokerages. As a US citizen residing abroad, they won’t touch me. Their reason: “Because of the way we are structured and because of industry licensing requirements, we would not be able to open an account for a US citizen living abroad.”
How have some of you handled this? Just use a US relative/friend’s home for the street address, and quietly use your Taiwan residence for the mailing address? Just go through a local bank?[/quote]
I haven’t encountered that problem. I have accounts with TD Waterhouse, a firm that I am perfectly happy with, although I originally opened those accounts when I was in the states (and all my statements and communications are now handled online).
If you can’t find a firm that’ll give you an account living here, then use your folks address but immediately indicate that you want all communications by e-mail rather than paper mail. Voila.
Slightly OT, but not completely, I’ve been pissed off to discover how many goods I have tried to purchase online from the states only to find that they don’t ship outside the US. :raspberry: I would gladly pay for the additional shipping and insurance but I suspect that’s not the issue – I suspect its some kind of protectionism or other nefarious BS. So much for globalization.