Updated February 2017
Trading in shares can be a good way to make a return on your money, but it can be less rewarding if dealing costs are through the roof – these alone can snack a sizeable chunk off your investment returns.
This guide tells you everything you need to know about buying, holding and selling shares. Plus the cheapest way to buy them and some tips for those who are new to investing.
This guide tells you everything you need to know about buying, holding and selling shares. Plus the cheapest way to buy them and some tips for those that who new to investing.
Our best buys
Shares in a nutshell
A share is simply a divided-up unit of the value of a company. For example, if a company is worth £100 million, and there are 50 million shares, then each share is worth £2 (usually listed as 200p). Those shares can and do go up and down in value for various reasons.
How to buy shares
If you've had your eye on Royal Mail shares, or have always fancied investing in Marks & Spencer but you're not sure where to start, the good news is that buying shares is not complicated.
How to sell shares
Selling shares is just as easy as buying them. Each platform's website will work slightly differently, but the principle is the same for each.
Shares best buys
When it comes to investing in shares, which platform you choose for your share dealing will depend on a number of different factors, such as how experienced you are and how often you want to trade. This means it's not just as simple as providing a best buy table.
Below we've given a number of different options to suit different people's investments needs.
New to investing? Some tips for beginners
If this is the first time you've considered any type of investing, it'll be worth reading our beginners' guide to investing to get a broader idea of what's involved.
We don’t cover what to invest in because we never want to have told you to put your money in something, only for you to lose money on it.