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How to buy shares

How to buy shares


Buy your first shares in three
simple steps

Start a Fund & Share Account

Start an ISA

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Important information - please remember that the value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. Investing in the shares of an individual company is higher risk than buying a fund investing in a range of companies. If you are unsure of the suitability of your investment please seek advice.

Buying shares is quick and easy through Hargreaves Lansdown. If you are an active trader you will pay just £5.95 per deal and you will never pay more than £11.95 per deal. For more information, please visit our share dealing charges page.

How to buy shares online in 3 simple steps

Step 1

Open or login to your existing account

Choose which account you would like to open and then you can log in online.

Step 2

Choose the shares you would like to invest in

Search for your chosen investment online and provide the details of the number, or value, of shares you are looking to deal.

Step 3

Receive a live share price and deal online in seconds

You will then be provided with a live share price directly from the market and you can complete the trade.

Unsure which shares to buy?

Download your free guide to selecting shares

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Other ways to buy shares

  • Mobile app

    Mobile App

    Look to manage your investments or deal on the move? You can now download HL Live, our free app for iPhone and Android. Alternatively you can also use our award winning, easy-to-use iPad app.

  • Phone our dealers

    By telephone - 0117 980 9800

    Call one of our dealers and they will be more than happy to assist you. Share dealing via our telephone service costs 1% with a minimum charge of £20 and a maximum charge of £50.

  • Postal dealing

    By post

    If you would prefer to provide your instructions by post, please request a dealing form and send it to us using the address provided. View our share dealing charges.

Why buy shares with Hargreaves Lansdown

  • Low cost share dealing
    Online share dealing at £11.95 per deal, or as low as £5.95 per deal for active traders. For regular savings, pay just £1.50 per deal. You can also trade shares by phone or post. View our share dealing charges.
  • Wide investment choice and overseas share dealing
    You make your own investment decisions and can deal thousands of UK, American, Canadian and European shares, as well as gilts, corporate bonds, investment trusts and exchange traded funds.
  • Free live share prices
    Access live share prices, continually updated, free of charge - including your portfolio valuation.
  • Stop loss and limit orders
    Set the price at which you would like to buy or sell particular shares up to 30 days in advance.

Video tutorial: How to buy shares through Hargreaves Lansdown

Open an account online in less than 5 minutes


Choose from a wide range of funds, shares, ETFs and more


Free live share prices for online account holders


Access to super low-cost funds and share dealing


Manage your account online or using our free mobile and tablet apps


Expert Bristol-based helpdesk


The phone is always answered quickly by a knowledgable, polite person, and the website is very easy to use and has extensive information.

Mr Thorne - client for 22 years
Hertfordshire

The online service is exceptionally easy to use - it is difficult to think how it could be better than it already is.

Mr Golding - client for 3 years
Colchester

Very pleased with easy to follow dealing steps and the speed of the transaction.

Mrs Jones - client for 9 years
Rutland

Very efficient administration systems, good communications and excellent research and website facilities.

Mr George - client for 15 years
Cardiff

Fantastic mobile app that makes trading a doddle! Even a child could use it! I wanted to trade shares in an ISA but have never bought shares before. HL made it so simple I was buying shares within a couple of hours. The mobile app means I am always up to date with latest prices and developments. A great product!

Ms Turner
Pershore










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