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I think a lot of the problems that come up are related to the fact that in the U.S., a broker is registered in a particular state. S/he may have separate registrations in several states, of course. If a broker is registered in Michigan, for example, and she is managing my account, and I move to California, if that broker makes trades on my behalf without being registered in California, she can get into piles of trouble.
Now, if you move back to Britain, to continue to make transactions you would have to deal with a U.S. broker registered in Britain.
If you have a friend in the US, it is possible to have your "address" be that of the friend, and a copy of your monthly statement to go to your UK address. If you wishe to draw money from your account, it would be possible to write or phone the broker (write is better because there is a paper trail) and request that a check from your funds be sent to you at whatever address, anywhere, and it should happen promptly.
I think the problem with insisting on a US address has to do with registration of brokers and the legal concerns, and is likely therefore to be the same for all brokers.
At any rate, the answer to your question is that your change of address is likely to be satisfactory as long as you don't buy or sell anything (reinvestment of mutual fund distributions should be OK) and if you can give BOTH a US and your UK address that should be fine also.
Best wishes, Chris
Disclaimer: I am not a professional in the securities industry, but have travelled widely and investment problems were always solved by having an "address" in addition to where I actually was.
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