How to invest in Vanguard Index Funds in Singapore, Dubai and other expat markets

This article was updated on March 22, 2020 

(A quick note before we begin. For anybody interested in investing, you can email me at advice@adamfayed.com, or you can use the chat function below).

I have had many questions from readers over the last 6 months.  One of the most common has been how people can invest in Vanguard index funds from outside the US.

Whether it is readers from Singapore, India, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai, the UK or Qatar, this question has come out again and again.

I would make two quick points on this issue.  Firstly, whilst Vanguard are good funds, there are countless equivalent funds that will perform in the same way.

Vanguard was the original for this type of fund, but countless other firms (including 3-4 large ones) have close to identical index/tracker funds. Similar costs, portfolio and performance. In fact, almost identical.

Some people do engage in analysis paralysis.  Whether you invest in fund A for 0.09% per year, or fund B for 0.08% per year, that tiny difference really won’t make a huge difference.

Second, Vanguard can’t take clients directly from many countries around the world.  However, numerous platforms can accept Vanguard and equivalent funds as I have pointed out here.

The videos below also have brief explanations:

For people living in blacklisted countries or places where investments are restricted, the following video would be useful.

As a final point, a lot of people have been asking me in recent times if “now is a good time to invest”.

My response is:

  1. Now is always the right time to invest if you are long-term
  2. Nobody can time markets but these lower valuations does appear to lower a great opportunity if you happen to be liquid
  3. The crisis related to the pandemic, shows that many people can’t DIY invest. Not technically but emotionally. I have lost count of the number of people that have panic sold during this period.
  4. Point 4, could help to explain these figures below. Too many people buy high (1999) and sell low (2008, 2020):

5. This crisis also shows, once again, the benefits of buying and holding both stock and bond indexes. Bonds don’t beat stocks long-term, but usually rise during periods like 2008 and any crisis.

Blog Comments

Thanks, so what are the options to invest in US ETF from Europe ?
I’ve struggled to find options when opening a brokerage account to be able to invest in US ETF (Vanguard, etc.).

Thanks !

There are countless. Many brokers allow it. I have emailed you anyway.

Hello can you help me finding some good options to invest in Vanguard ETF Funds from Singapore?

can you guide me with countless other firms (including 3-4 large ones) have close to identical index/tracker funds. Similar costs, portfolio and performance. In fact, almost identical.

I am living in UAE and want to invest in index funds. Thank you

Did you find anything?

Hi Mohammed I just email you

I’d like to know which firms can I invest in in the UAE as well.

Hi,

Please suggest a few options to invest in Vanguard funds from Dubai.

Thank you

thanks emailed you

Would you mind shooting me the same? Based out of Dubai. Thanks.

Hello can you help me finding some good options to invest in Vanguard ETF Funds from Indonesia?

Thank you.

just emailed you

Hi,

I’ve hard times to find how to invest in index fund from indonesia.
Any advice? Thank you

Hi Budi – just emailed you

The same for me from Europe, please. Thank you!

Hi Adam,

Need your advice on how I can park some funds in Vanguard index portfolio. Unfortunately, unable to trace through the internet. Came across your article, hope you can help here. Thanks.

Hi,

can you help me finding some good options to invest in Vanguard ETF Funds from Kuwait?

Thanks.

I have been finding ways to portfolio into different asset class such as commodities, equities index, bond etc. However, it is problematic to have commodities portfolio as you pay margin financing. I could not find good ETF such as Vanguard ETF Funds from Singapore, TD ameritrade don’t carry too.

It is possible to do it from Singapore Jack, just your options are limited.

Keen to know how I can access these types of funds with low expense ratios from New Zealand. Any advice would be appreciated.

Hi,
Could you suggest a few options to invest in Vanguard funds from Hong Kong.
Thank you in advance.

Carina

How to invest in vanguard ETFs from Dubai ( non us citizen ).
Thanks

Hi,
Can you tell me the ways to invest in Vanguard ETF Funds from Indonesia?
Thank you

Hi Kevin – just emailed you

Hey,
Can you tell me the ways to invest in Vanguard ETF Funds from Vietnam?
Thanks!

Emailed you Trinh

Can you please share the same from Romania or Turkey?

Thank you~

Just emailed you

Hi, would like to know how to invest in index funds from UAE. Thanks

Hi Adam. I am also trying to search for options on how to invest in Vanguard and other index funds from Dubai. Can you please share the information with me too? Thanks

Hi Adam, I am looking into how to buy Vanguard or Schwab Index Funds from Dubai (Non-Us Citizen). Can you please advice? Thanking you in advance

Hi Eli – I will email you.

Hi, can you please share those broker names. The link you have provided is not working. Thanks

Check now – https://adamfayed.com/onlineinvestingsites/

Same issue would like to invest in a variety of Vanguard mutual funds. It appears that is not possible from Turkey. Would appreciate some help!

Just emailed you

Hi Adam, your doing a great job helping people out.

I live in UAE (expat and A non US citizen) and I’m looking to invest in international stocks and index funds such as vanguard. Could you help me please. Thank you.

Thanks Ali, I will email you.

I am an Indian national living in Kuwait. I would like to invest in USA stocks and vanguard. please let me know the details

Hi Adam, thanks for writing this. Could you send me some ideas/options on how to invest in Vanguard index funds as a Singaporean citizen, staying in Singapore?
Thank you.

Sure Mark

Hi Adam. Please can you also send the same Vanguard S&P 500 info to me for investment in the US. Thanks. I am in the Philippines.

Hi Adam, thanks for writing this. Could you send me some ideas/options on how to invest in Vanguard index funds
Thank you.
John

Hi John do you want to DIY or use an advisor? That will affect the options available to you.

Thanks for your writing, you are doing a great job. can you please guide me,I am a pakistani national living in dubai. i want to invest in low cost index funds. what are possible options of brokers for me, and later if i want to return back to my country, will i be able to transfer my account to link with another bank?.

Will email you.

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