Execution only share dealing is a type of stock trading that lets you buy and sell shares without getting advice any advise on which shares to buy or sell.

This is done through an execution only broker, who executes the trades that you decide to make without giving you any advice. This helps cut the cost of share dealing by avoiding the fees that come with advisory brokers.

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How to start execution only share dealing

You need to open a share dealing account that offers an execution only option, then you can add money to it and start buying and selling shares.

Here is how to start share dealing

Why use an execution only share dealing account?

If you are confident in your ability to buy and sell shares, then an execution only account could save you money.

An execution only share dealing account lets you buy and sell shares without getting any advice first, meaning you can avoid paying any advisory or management fees.

Benefits of execution only

There are several benefits to execution only share dealing:

  • Access to information and charts in real time

  • Buy or sell shares faster

  • Lower trade charges

  • No advisory costs

What charges to look out for

There are three main charges to look out for when choosing an execution only share dealing account:

  • Charge per trade: This is what you pay for each deal you make, whether you are buying or selling shares, e.g. 8 per trade.

  • Platform fees: This is what some brokers charge for using their platform, which can be taken monthly or annually, e.g. 50 per year.

  • Transfer fees: This is what some brokers charge when you transfer money out of your account, e.g. 25 per transfer.

Some share dealing companies offer a frequent trader rate, which reduces how much you pay for each deal you make. To qualify for this rate, you need to make more than a set amount of deals in the previous month.

The cost of each type of charge varies depending on the share dealing company you choose, so compare as many as possible to get the cheapest deal.

What other options do you have?

There are two more types of share dealing broker you could choose from:

  • Advisory: You get advice on which shares to buy and sell, but it is still your decision

  • Discretionary: You give authority to your broker to buy and sell shares on your behalf

Execution only share dealing FAQs


Can I get advice from an execution only broker?


No, you will need to choose an advisory or discretionary broker for advice on which shares to buy and sell.


Can I buy shares in any company?


No, only companies that are listed on stock exchanges, like the London Stock Exchange (LSE) or the Alternative Investment Market (AIM).


Do I pay tax on share dealing?


Yes, any profits are subject to Capital Gains Tax and you also must pay 0.5% Stamp Duty. Here is more on investment tax.


How can I cut the cost of share dealing?


If you plan to make several trades each month a frequent trader account could reduce your cost per trade. Check the terms with each company.


Can I deal in shares through a mobile app?


Yes, but only if the company offers a mobile app. You still need to open an account online and add money before you can make any trades on the app.

About our execution only share dealing comparison


Who do we include in this comparison?


We include share dealing accounts from our panel that offer execution only trading. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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How do we make money from our comparison?


We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.