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 making your own investment decisions we recommend you seek advice from a suitably qualified financial adviser.

How do shares work?

When you buy a share you are buying a stake in a company. That means that you have the right to vote on issues and receive any dividends that may be paid out of the company's profits.

Shares are traded on a stock market and in the UK that's the London Stock Exchange. The London Stock Exchange is open from 8am in the morning until 4.30pm in the afternoon, Monday to Friday. If a trade is placed outside of these times then the order will be processed as a delayed order.

The majority of trades placed when the London Stock Exchange is open are executed through the Automatic Trading System (ATS). When you place a trade through the ATS you are given a quote for 15 seconds so that you can confirm that you’re happy with the price. A small minority of orders cannot be dealt automatically and if this is the case you will be given an indicative price and the option of sending your order instruction through to one of our dealers to be dealt as soon as practically possible. These are called negotiated orders.

What are the risks involved with shares?

All shares carry an element of risk as the value of a stock fluctuates throughout the day. These movements occur naturally as the shares are traded but sometimes a significant change in price might occur as the result of company news such as a takeover, the announcement of particularly good or bad company performance or a merger.

Why trade with Halifax Share Dealing?

  • A simple and easy to use dealing account which you can manage online, over the phone or on your mobile
  • Planned regular investments for just £2 commission
  • Real-time online dealing for £12.50 commission

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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, 12 Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN under registration number 183332. A Member of the London Stock Exchange and an HM Revenue & Customs Approved ISA Manager.