Your investments are not guaranteed; they can decrease in value as well as increase and you may not get back the full amount you put in.

Barclays Stockbrokers Trading Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£5.95
Charge per Trade
£11.95
Platform Fees
Transfer-Out Fee
Invest in funds, shares, gilts, bonds, ETFs & ETCs. No fee if you trade during the quarter & Barclays Stockbrokers Price Improver gives you the most competitive price when you buy/sell UK stocks/shares. Investment values can fall & your capital is at risk
AJ Bell Youinvest Dealing Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£4.95
Charge per Trade
£9.95
Platform Fees
-
Deal online from just £4.95 per deal. Market leading investment range. No set up charge. No account charge. No inactivity fee.
Interactive Investor Share & Fund Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£5
Charge per Trade
£10
Platform Fees
£80/year & Transfer-Out Fee
£20 per quarter fee gets you two £10 trades and a Stocks and Shares ISA for free.
IG Share Dealing
Frequent Trader Rate
from £6
Charge per Trade
£12
Platform Fees
No Annual or Transfer Fees
Hargreaves Lansdown Vantage Share Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£5.95
Charge per Trade
£11.95
Platform Fees
Transfer-Out Fee
You can manage all your investments online, over the telephone, or via our free apps for iPhone, Android™ and iPad. No inactivity fee. Free to hold shares and super low fund charges. Free live share prices, continually updated.
The Share Centre Share Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£7.50
Charge per Trade
1% per deal (min £7.50)
Platform Fees
£1.50 + VAT/month & Transfer-Out Fee
TD Direct Investing Trading Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£5.95
Charge per Trade
£12.50
Platform Fees
No Annual or Transfer Fees
Invest in UK & International shares, AIM stocks, funds, gilts & bonds on our award winning online & mobile platforms. No fee if you trade during the quarter, have a portfolio value over £15k or have a TD ISA / SIPP linked to this account. Capital at risk.
Trustnet Direct Share Dealing Account
Frequent Trader Rate
£6
Charge per Trade
£10
Platform Fees
0.25% (£200 max.)/year & Transfer-Out Fee
Saxo Capital Markets Share Dealing
Frequent Trader Rate
-
Charge per Trade
from £8
Platform Fees
0.12%/year
Halifax Share Dealing
Frequent Trader Rate
-
Charge per Trade
£12.50
Platform Fees
Transfer-Out Fee
Buy and sell shares online or over the phone from £12.50 per deal with no annual commission. Click now and start trading within minutes.

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How to Find the Best Execution Only Share Dealing Account

by Nick_Parkhouse

More and more people are buying and selling shares online. If you're planning to do the same, you'll need a good quality, low cost online stock trading account.

How to Find the Best Execution Only Share Dealing Account

Once you've opened an online share dealing account you will be able to trade shares over the internet wherever you are providing you have access to a computer.

To keep the cost of trading down, many people choose to open execution only share dealing accounts. But what are they? What are their advantages? And how do you find the right stock trading account?

What are 'execution only' share dealing accounts?

There are two main ways to trade shares. When you use a stockbroker you generally pay for their services in return for receiving advice on the stock market and which shares to buy and sell.

Alternatively, you can use an 'execution only' service. Here, the company that handles the trade for you doesn't provide any advice on the transaction. They simply carry out a trade according to your wishes.

As this type of service is not advising you, you will generally find that this form of share trading is cheaper, although the responsibility for the deal lies with you.

However if you are new to share dealing you may find it easier to begin by using a stock broker. By doing this you will get advice on your trading as well as the service you will get from an execution only account, this could help you to get a better understanding of the market and make better decisions on your trading.

The advantages of online share trading

Increasing numbers of execution only share dealing accounts offer online share trading, and the majority of online share dealing accounts operate on an execution only basis.

There are many advantages to being able to trade shares online in this way including:

  • Easy access to information and charts in real time
  • A quick and easy way to conclude a transaction
  • Secure web based services
  • Lower trade prices

Finding the best execution only share dealing accounts

If you're looking to open an execution only stock trading account you should always shop around for the best deal. Just as comparing prices can help you save money on credit cards or home insurance, doing a little bit of homework can also help you save money when you trade shares online.

For example, the fees charged for each trade vary from company to company. And, you will often find that many companies offer even cheaper trading if you buy and sell shares on a regular basis.

Additionally, the best online stock trading services offer a variety of ways to access their service (online, by telephone or on your mobile) and some even let you see a 'virtual portfolio' of your investment holdings.