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You’re in control with Bank sharedealing

If you like to make your own investment decisions, our InvestDirect and InvestDirect Plus sharedealing accounts could be ideal. You can set up an account and trade online – plus there are easy to use tools to help you make informed investment decisions.

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Trade in Stocks and Shares

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ISA

Our stocks and shares ISA has no initial charge or annual management fee unlike many of our competitors.

Please be assured if you hold a stocks and shares ISA you will only pay an Account Fee for the taxed account.

Make Informed Decisions and test your strategies

Use interactive research tools to make informed decisions about what and when to trade. Create a virtual portfolio that lets you test your trading strategies.

Competitive rates

On the last business day of each calendar quarter, you will be charged an Account Fee of £10.50 (including VAT). This is payable quarterly in arrears. This is subject to having held the account for a full calendar quarter.

You can trade online for a flat fee of £10.50 per share deal for UK equities (including trades inside an ISA). If you have an InvestDirect Plus account, you'll benefit from our competitive Frequent Trader Tariff of just £7.95 per share deal after your 9th trade in a calendar quarter.

Medium- to long term investment

This product is designed to be held for at least five years.

Investment risk

All investments carry some risk. The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount you invested.

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Key product information

What you need to know

  • InvestDirect lets you trade in UK equities, gilts (UK Government bonds) and most UK-listed Exchange Traded Funds
  • InvestDirect Plus gives you additional benefits – letting you trade in US equities, borrow against your portfolio and take advantage of a Frequent Trader Tariff
  • There are interactive research tools to help you make informed decisions about what and when to trade
  • You can create a virtual portfolio that lets you test your trading strategies
  • Trading inside an InvestDirect Stocks and Shares Individual Savings Account (ISA) will keep your shareholding tax efficient – you decide which shares to buy and sell and any growth is free of Capital Gains Tax.
  • The value of most investments, and any income they generate, can go down as well as up, meaning you may not get back the full amount you invested. This may in part be due to exchange rate fluctuations where overseas investments are held.
  • Most investments should be considered as a medium- to long-term commitment, meaning you should be prepared to hold them for at least five years.
  • Some have a fixed-term or may not be accessible until you reach your retirement age. For products with a fixed-term you may get back significantly less than originally invested if you make an early withdrawal.
  • The value of any tax benefits described depends on your individual circumstances. Tax rules may change in the future.

How it works

  • We'll open an Investment Account for you where your Stocks and Shares will be held electronically in the name of our nominee company. You remain the beneficial owner of the shares.
  • You can transfer any existing ISAs, securities and any paper share certificates into your InvestDirect account using the forms on our website. Please take into account this can take up to six weeks to transfer.
  • With InvestDirect, you'll pay for shares through a Settlement Account that we set up for you and link to your nominated Bank current account
  • InvestDirect has an initial dealing limit of £10,200 (subject to meeting our criteria), which means deals placed and yet to settle must not exceed this dealing limit. You need to ensure that sufficient money is available in your nominated Bank current account on the day of executing a trade to meet the costs of any purchases on the settlement date.
  • InvestDirect Plus uses a Sterling Cash Account that we'll set up for you. This is not linked to your nominated Bank current account, so you must fund it in order to trade.
  • InvestDirect Plus has no trading limit – you can buy shares up to the value of money in your Sterling Cash Account
  • InvestDirect and InvestDirect Plus are execution-only sharedealing services. We don't give advice on sharedealing. This product is offered without advice and, as such, we are not required to assess the suitability of this product for you. This means that the protection offered by the Financial Conduct Authority's rules on assessing suitability will not apply to this transaction.
  • As you will not be registered with the company's Registrar, you will not receive any correspondence or shareholder benefits from the company in which you hold shares.
  • However, we will inform you of any corporate actions, for example, rights issues, where we receive due notification from the company. Instructions for these can be given online, by letter or by telephone.
  • For further information regarding our nominee accounts please refer to the Bank InvestDirect and Bank InvestDirect Plus Terms and Conditions.

What it costs

  • On the last business day of each calendar quarter, you will be charged an Account Fee of £10.50 (including VAT). This is payable quarterly in arrears, with the first charge being taken on 31 March 2016. This is subject to having held the account for a full calendar quarter.
  • You can buy and sell shares online for a flat fee from £12.95 per share deal (including trades inside an ISA) for deals online and from £29.95 for deals over the telephone. The £12.95 online trading fee will be reduced to £10.50 with effect from 1 April 2016.
  • If you have an InvestDirect Plus account, you can benefit from our competitive Frequent Trader Tariff of just £7.95 per share deal after your 9th trade in a calendar quarter. The frequent trader tariff only applies to deals in UK shares, gilts and Exchange Traded Funds.
  • We don't charge you for transferring shares to your account and we don't have any inactivity or management fees. However, there is a charge for transferring stock out of your account, either to another broker or directly to you in certificate form.
  • Please refer to our rates and fees (PDF) for further information

Product provider information

  • InvestDirect and InvestDirect Plus are provided by Bank Bank PLC which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

How would you like to apply?

Simply choose the way that suits you best – before you do, please read our Bank InvestDirect and InvestDirect Plus Key Features document, Bank InvestDirect stocks and shares ISA Key Features document, the rates and fees document and the Bank InvestDirect, InvestDirect Plus, Bank InvestDirect stocks and shares ISA Terms and Conditions and UK FSCS Information Sheet and Exclusions List. Please note that the UK FSCS Information Sheet and Exclusions List is relevant to cash balances maintained within the product account.

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If you're in any doubt as to the suitability of this service for you, please seek independent financial advice.

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Bank current account holders

To open an InvestDirect or InvestDirect Plus account online simply:

  • Log on to Internet Banking
  • Go to My Accounts
  • Select Apply for Products
  • Select 'Sharedealing' and follow the instructions.

To open an InvestDirect stocks and shares ISA online:

  • First open an InvestDirect or InvestDirect Plus account online
  • Once you've accessed your account, click Products and services
  • Click ISA
  • Click apply for ISA.
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Registering online is easy. Your account will be set up within three business days, we’ll send you a letter to confirm it’s open and include all your account details.

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New customers

You need an Bank current account to apply for an InvestDirect or InvestDirect Plus account. You can apply for a current account online – or call us on 0800 032 4738 (textphone 18001 0800 028 0126).

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Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 9.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays), Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm, Sunday Closed. To ensure we carry out your instructions accurately, to help us to continually improve our service and in the interest of security, we will record and may monitor your communications with us.

Things you should know

The value of investments (and any income received from them) can fall as well as rise and you may not get back what you invested. For some investments this can also happen as a result of exchange rate fluctuations as shares and funds may have an exposure to overseas markets.

If you want to take advantage of our trading reserve facility, we expect you to deposit at least £10,000 of eligible shares in your InvestDirect Plus account. We suggest you deposit these shares before you submit your trading reserve application. The trading reserve is subject to a variable credit limit of up to 50% of the value of eligible shares held in your account.

InvestDirect and InvestDirect Plus are execution only share dealing services. We don't give advice on share dealing. This product is offered without advice and, as such, we are not required to assess the suitability of this product for you. This means that the protection offered by the Financial Conduct Authority's rules on assessing suitability will not apply to this transaction.

As you will not be registered as the owner of company shares with the company's Registrar, you will not receive any correspondence or shareholder benefits from the company in which you hold shares. However, we will inform you of any corporate actions, for example, rights issues, where we receive due notification from the company. Instructions for these can be given online, by letter or by telephone. For further information regarding our nominee accounts please refer to the Bank InvestDirect and Bank InvestDirect Plus Terms and Conditions.

InvestDirect and InvestDirect Plus are provided by Bank Bank PLC which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Most investments should be considered as a medium- to long-term commitment, meaning you should be prepared to hold them for at least five years.

The value of any tax benefits described depends on your individual circumstances. Tax rules may change in the future.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 9.30pm (excluding Bank Holidays), Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm, Sunday Closed

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