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How to Buy Shares

Learn how to buy shares with a share dealing account

You can buy shares with a share dealing account. Using the table below you can find out more about what services are available with different providers and find out how to buy shares through them.

Providers act as a stock broker allowing you to buy and sell shares listed on stock exchanges. Use the table below to compare the costs for trading on share dealing accounts, and click on the links to find out more:

Share Dealing Accounts Selection
ProviderAccountTrade From:More Info
Trade From £1.75 +

0.004% for UK stocks

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  • Access 60+ global markets
  • Open an account online in under 10 minutes. There's no minimum deposit needed to register and a simple registration process
  • No inactivity fees, maintenance fees, or custody fees
  • Voted Best Low-cost Stockbroker at the 2016 Investors Chronicle and FT Investment and Wealth Management Awards.
  • Must be over 18
  • Trading fees differ depending on what type of trade and in which market
  • The value of your investments can rise as well as fall, so you may get back less than you invested
  • If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice
£5.00 frequent trader rate

£8.00 standard trader rate

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£4.95 frequent trader rate

£9.95 standard trader rate

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  • Voted ‘Best Share Dealing App 2015’ in Investors Chronicle and FT Investment and Wealth Management Awards and 'Best online Share Dealing provider 2015' in Your Money Direct Awards
  • Place 10 deals or more per month and pay only £4.95 per online deal in the next month
  • Choose from over 4,000 investment funds
  • Place less than 10 deals in one month and pay £9.95 per online deal in the next month

£5.95 frequent trader rate

£11.95 standard trader rate

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  • Online trading charges are based on previous month's activity. 20+ trades made in previous month is £5.95 a trade. 10-19 trades are £8.95 a trade. Less than 10 trades it’s £11.95.
  • Free mobile app to deal shares, access prices, indices, news and research.
  • Free live share prices.
  • No admin charges.
  • Make your own investment decisions and deal thousands of UK, American, Canadian and European shares.
  • 1.00% (£20 minimum, £50 maximum) charge applies to phone and post dealing.
  • 0.5% Stamp Duty and a PTM levy of £1.00 is charged on all UK trades over £10,000.
  • The value of your investments can rise as well as fall, so you may get back less than you invested. 
  • If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice.
£11.50 standard trader rateMore Info >
  • Online trading charge £11.50
  • Deal in Equities (LSE, AIM & ISDX), Qualifying clean retail Funds (Unit Trusts & OEICs), Overseas Equities, Investment Trusts, ETFs & ETC, Gilts, UK/Overseas Bonds, PIBS
  • Foundation Portfolios available to get you started
  • Annual platform fee changing from 0.25% to 0.35% from 10th September 2018
  • 0.15 % to 0.75% (£25 minimum) charge applies to telephone dealing.
  • 0.5% Stamp Duty 
  • The value of your investments can rise as well as fall, so you may get back less than you invested. 
  • If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice.

The value of your investments can rise as well as fall. You may get back less than you invested. If you’re unsure, we recommend you ask for independent advice.

Share dealing accounts allow to buy shares online, while some providers will also allow you to trade over the phone or by post. You can usually access a range of other information on how to buy shares, as well as reading market news and using research tools to help you build your investment portfolio.
 
Share dealing accounts may provide some of the following services:

  • Access to a wide range of UK stocks and shares
  • Access to international stock markets
  • 24 hour online account management  
  • News and updates from the stock market

Use the table to compare our latest share dealing offers and start trading today.

Compare Share Dealing Self Select ISAs
ProviderAccountTrade From:More Info
£5.95 frequent trader rate

£11.95 standard trader rate

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  • Online trading charges are based on previous month's activity. 20+ trades made in previous month is £5.95 a trade. 10-19 trades are £8.95 a trade. Less than 10 trades it’s £11.95.
  • Free mobile app to deal shares, access prices, indices, news and research.
  • Free live share prices.
  • No admin charges.
  • Make your own investment decisions and deal thousands of UK, American, Canadian and European shares.
  • 1.00% (£20 minimum, £50 maximum) charge applies to phone and post dealing.
  • 0.5% Stamp Duty and a PTM levy of £1.00 is charged on all UK trades over £10,000.
  • The value of your investments can rise as well as fall, so you may get back less than you invested. 
  • If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice.
£11.50 standard trader rateMore Info >
  • Online trading charge £11.50
  • Deal in Equities (LSE, AIM & ISDX), Qualifying clean retail Funds (Unit Trusts & OEICs), Overseas Equities, Investment Trusts, ETFs & ETC, Gilts, UK/Overseas Bonds, PIBS
  • Foundation Portfolios available to get you started
  • Annual platform fee changing from 0.25% to 0.35% from 10th September 2018
  • 0.15 % to 0.75% (£25 minimum) charge applies to telephone dealing.
  • 0.5% Stamp Duty 
  • The value of your investments can rise as well as fall, so you may get back less than you invested. 
  • If you’re unsure about the suitability, we recommend you ask for independent advice.
£4.95 frequent trader rate

£9.95 standard trader rate

More Info >
  • Voted ‘Best Share Dealing App 2015’  in Investors Chronicle and FT Investment and Wealth Management Awards and 'Best online Share Dealing provider 2015'  in Your Money Direct Awards
  • Place 10 deals or more per month and pay only £4.95 per online deal in the next month
  • Choose from over 4,000 investment funds
  • Place less than 10 deals per month and pay £9.95 per online deal in the next month

The value of your investments can rise as well as fall. You may get back less than you invested. If you’re unsure, we recommend you ask for independent advice.

 Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. Investments in Stocks & Shares ISAs do not contain the same degree of capital security as investments in deposits. 

Stocks & Shares ISAs are designed as medium to long term investments of, for example, five years or more. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.