Stocks and Shares

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Stocks and shares are the words used to refer to part ownership of a company, also known as equities. A company issues shares on a stock exchange which allows investors to buy and sell those shares.

You can invest directly in stocks and shares using a share dealing account. This type of service allows you to issue instructions to a stock broker who will trade the shares on your behalf. You can also invest in stocks and shares through investment funds where a fund manager invests in a portfolio of different shares.

Using the table below you can compare our range of leading share dealing accounts to find out more about the charges involved and the services available for directly investing in stocks and shares:

Share Dealing Accounts Selection
ProviderAccountTrade From:More Info
£5.00 frequent trader rate

£8.00 standard trader rate

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£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
  • 0.25% Platform Charge
  • 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.
£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.
£12.50 standard trader rateMore Info >
  • Pay £12.50 commission to trade UK shares
  • *Pay only £3.95 per trade during special monthly offer periods
  • Buy UK shares for just £2 commission on set dates each month through a regular investment plan
  • International share dealing available at £12.50 + currency conversion per trade
  • Trade online, on your mobile or over the phone
  • Telephone trading of international shares costs £25 per trade

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.

Investing in stocks and shares can be straight forward with a share dealing. As well as having different charges, including charges per trade and admin charges, a range of other account features may be available including:

  • Access to a  wide range of UK stocks and shares
  • The option of investing in stocks and shares listed on major international markets
  • Alerts to help you stay in touch with market news
  • 24 hour online access to your account
  • The option to trade online or over the phone

Use the table above to compare the costs of trading stocks and shares with share dealing accounts and find out more about the services available.

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

£11.95 standard trader rate

More Info >
  • 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
  • 0.25% Platform Charge
  • 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

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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 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.