Please remember that the value of an investment and the income from it can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested.
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 Adviser.
Tax treatment depends on personal circumstances and may be subject to change.
With Halifax Share Dealing you can choose from a wide range of investment options, each with their own features and risks. Before deciding where to invest, it’s important to remember that the value of all stock market investments can fall as well as rise so make sure you understand the risks involved.
A share is simply a unit of ownership. If you own a share, you own a stake in a particular company. Shares are listed on a stock exchange and the price of all shares will fluctuate throughout the day.
With Halifax you can trade shares from six global stock markets – from New York to Paris, Frankfurt, Milan, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Funds are a form of collective investment where professional Fund Managers will pool together investors’ money and invest on their behalf. Since your investment can be spread over a range of different stock markets, sectors and investment types (without you having to buy lots of individual shares), the risk involved may be reduced.
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) trade on the stock exchange in a similar way to shares. ETFs are usually designed to replicate an index, sector, commodity or currency and will invest in a range of assets with the aim of closely tracking its performance.
An investment trust is a company which invests in a number of different assets. Unlike funds, shares in investment trusts trade on the stock exchange just like shares.
Bonds and Gilts
Bonds and gilts are essentially loans made to companies or governments by investors as a way of raising money. When you invest in a bond or gilt you’re lending money for a fixed period in return for a fixed rate of interest.