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Fidelity® Expands International Investing Leadership by Adding Five Countries and Currencies to its Online Platform

All Fidelity Customers Can Register Online To Gain Access to a Total of 17 Foreign Markets and 13 Currencies, From One Brokerage Account

Fidelity Investments®, a leader in providing investors direct access to foreign markets and currencies, today announced it extends that leadership by offering investors five additional countries and currencies in its online international investing platform1. This expanded platform can make it faster and easier to trade international stocks and exchange foreign currencies in 17 of the world’s largest and most popular markets. In addition, all of Fidelity's retail brokerage customers can now register online to trade directly in international markets. Previously, only Fidelity’s active traders and high-net-worth investors had access to these capabilities.

The new countries and currencies available to Fidelity’s retail investors are:

• Mexico; Peso (MXN)

• New Zealand; New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

• Singapore; Singapore Dollar (SGD)

• Sweden; Krona (SEK)

• Switzerland; Swiss Franc (CHF)

Fidelity’s online international investing platform, which launched in 2009, is one of the industry’s most comprehensive suites of international investing options. In addition to direct access to 17 foreign markets and 13 currencies, Fidelity customers also can benefit from the more than 1,400 mutual funds and 250 ETFs with international securities exposure available on From 2010 to 2011, the number of international equity executions on increased 89 percent year over year2.

“The additions to our online international offering cement Fidelity’s leadership position as offering the most comprehensive set of countries and currencies among major online brokerage firms,” said James C. Burton, president of Fidelity’s retail brokerage business. “Customers can benefit not only from the increased choices, but also from Fidelity’s low commissions, the ability to trade foreign and domestic securities from a single brokerage account, and the flexibility to execute foreign trades using U.S. dollars or in the stock’s local currency.”

The new countries join the original 12 available on Fidelity’s brokerage platform: Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The new currencies join the original eight: Australian Dollar, British Pound, Canadian Dollar, Euro, Hong Kong Dollar, Japanese Yen, Norwegian Krone and U.S. Dollar.

Fidelity has a robust offering for clearing, custody and family office clients providing equity and FOREX trading with access to 46 countries and local settlement in 20 currencies3.