How to buy shares

Whether you're looking for shares to buy once or twice a year or you want to trade several times a day, we have a share dealing account to suit your needs. We have a range of services available to suit beginners to the stock market or the more experienced trader.

What can I buy?

  • UK shares - buy shares on the London Stock Exchange’s main market or Alternative Investment Market (AIM)
  • International shares - buy shares on six international stock markets
  • Funds - spread your money between different sectors, indices and markets
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) - pooled investments which are traded like stocks and shares
  • Bonds - issued by companies to raise money (essentially loans made by investors to companies)
  • Gilts - bonds issued by HM Treasury
  • Preference shares - a class of share which pays a fixed rate of dividend
  • Warrants - gives the holders the right to purchase shares in a company at a specific price on a future date

Which account should I use?

If you’re brand new to trading you might want to try our Fantasy Trader Account - we give you £10,000 to practice trading risk-free. However, if you’re ready to start trading then our basic Share Dealing Account might be the best place to start - we don’t charge any administration or inactivity fees and you can trade real-time for just £12.50 commission or use a regular investment plan to trade from just £2 commission per stock. You could also trade tax-efficiently by using a Stocks & Shares ISA or if you’re interested in pension planning you could open a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP).

How do I research stocks and shares?

You can use our dedicated market research centre to find prices, charts, news and analysis to help you buy shares with confidence.

Halifax Share Dealing Limited.  Registered in England and Wales no. 3195646.  Registered Office: Trinity Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2RG.  Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HS under registration number 183332.  A Member of the London Stock Exchange and an HM Revenue & Customs Approved ISA Manager.

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Please remember the value of your investment can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invest.

We don't provide advice so if you are in any doubt about buying and selling shares or making your own investment decisions we recommend you seek advice from a suitably qualified Financial Advisor.

Managed growth funds

If you're looking for a simple way to invest online without advice, Halifax Online Investments offers a range of three managed growth funds.

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