How to buy Microsoft (MSFT) shares from Singapore

By   |   Verified by David Boyd   |   Updated 18th October 2022

How to buy Microsoft (MSFT) shares
  • Looking to buy Microsoft shares from Singapore?
  • Learn what to look for in an online broker and how to open an account.
  • Understand how different types of trades work before you invest.

The rise in online share trading has given Singaporeans easy access to US markets, often with no commission on trades. We’ll show you how you can buy Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares from these shores.

Company overview

Founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975, by the mid-1980s Microsoft started to dominate the personal computer operating system market and today is best known for its wide range of software, personal computers and consumer electronics.

Where to buy Microsoft shares

Moomoo

On website

Highlights

  • Trade blue-chip stocks in US, HK, and SG markets.
  • Moomoo is the first global digital brokerage to offer a $0 platform fee, $0 data fee, and lifetime $0 commission for US stocks, trade with no fees in Singapore
  • Get up to 1 free Tesla share when you signup and fund your account. Terms and Conditions apply.
Tiger Brokers

On website

Highlights

  • Exclusive to Finty: extra SGD 20 stock voucher (First Deposit any amount).
  • Supports U.S. equities, H.K. equities, ETFs, options and futures as well as margin trading for investors.
  • Enjoy some of the most competitive commission fees in the market here at Tiger Brokers to add value to your investing journey.
  • Holds a Capital Markets Services Licence under the Securities and Futures Act issued by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
Webull

On website

Webull

Highlights

  • Get a USD 150 cash voucher when you signup, fund your account and trade with Webull. Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Trade US stocks, ETF, and Options with $0 commission, $0 platform fee, and $0 membership fee.
  • Trade HK stocks with $0 commission, $0 platform fee, and $0 membership fee.
  • Provides intuitive and powerful advanced charts, multiple technical indicators, and premier Level 2 Advance (Nasdaq TotalView).

Pros

  • Easy to use mobile app.
  • Get started with just $1.
  • Allows you to trade fractional shares.
  • Access to advanced trading tools.

Cons

  • Scarcity of instructional resources for investors.
  • Supports HK and US markets only.

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Step 1: Choose a broker

You will need to find an online broker that gives you access to US markets. Fortunately, there are plenty you can access from Singapore. Next, you will want to consider what features you are looking for from the broker.

Some features to consider include:

Commission-free trading

A lot of platforms giving access to US shares offer this feature. The cost of share trading can add up, and not having to pay commission can really save you money.

Fractional share investing

Fractional share investing means you can buy a part of a share rather than the whole thing. Because Microsoft shares can be expensive, this may be something to consider.

Easy-to-use trading platform

Trading in shares needn’t be complicated, so keep an eye out for a trading platform that is straightforward to use. Educational guides and the option to use a demo trading account are also beneficial for new investors just getting started.

Research and reporting

Look for a platform that has a solid research and reporting section that can give you important information about Microsoft, including company overview, price history, recommendations and price forecasts.

Educational tools

Most platforms have some sort of educational tools about share trading. The better ones can be quite comprehensive and really help build your trading knowledge.

Step 2: Fund your account

You will need to fund your account to buy Microsoft shares. It's important to keep in mind, however, that funds will take time to clear, so you won't be able to start trading straight away.

Step 3: Decide on the amount you wish to invest

As a beginner, it might be an idea to first test the waters by starting with a fractional share. This technique also means you'll continue to make a profit even when shares are dipping as it allows you to buy in at the average price.

Step 4: Choose between buying shares or invest in an ETF

As a beginner, it is important to realise that you can either buy a share or invest in an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). An ETF is more diversified, but as with all safe investments, it's much less interesting than watching a share that is active on the market.

ETFs with exposure to Microsoft in their allocation include SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY), Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), iShares U.S. Technology ETF (IYW), and Vanguard Information Technology ETF (VGT).

Step 5: Set up your order

There are a number of order types that can be used to customise when you buy each share and for how much. The different order types include:

Market order

A market order is an order that can be bought or sold as soon as it is given, at the market price available at the time. But the price you seek may not be the price you get. For example, you may place an order to buy Microsoft stock at US$210. By the time the trade executes, the price may have dropped to US$207, or increased to US$215.

Limit order

For buy limit orders, execution-only happens at the nominated price or lower. For example, you may want to purchase Microsoft shares for no more than US$245 a share. Submit a limit order for that amount and it will only be executed if the Microsoft share price falls to US$245 or below.

Stop limit

This type of order means your shares are sold at a specific price or higher. Let’s say you want to sell your Microsoft shares at US$255 a share. When the shares reach that price, your stop limit order executes.

Stop loss

You set a price at which you decide it is no longer worth holding your shares. Let’s say for example you nominate US$220 as the price at which you will sell your Microsoft shares. If the share price drops to that level, your stop loss order will execute.

Step 6: Place an order

Once you have chosen a broker, how you wish to invest, and the type of order, it's time to place it through your broker.

Step 7: Monitor performance

Now you have placed your order, it's important to monitor the performance of your share. This includes watching for changes, news and announcements surrounding Microsoft, as this can all affect the performance of your share. After all, the share market is often a volatile and sensitive place.

Other tech companies to track — that are like Microsoft — include Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX).