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Share dealing FAQs

Important information - the value of investments can go down as well as up, so you may get back less than you invest. When you’re thinking about investing in shares, it’s generally a good idea to consider holding them alongside other investments in a diversified portfolio of assets.

What is share dealing?

Share dealing is when you buy or sell shares in a public limited company on a recognised stock exchange (such as the FTSE 100). As a shareholder, you become one of the company’s owners and you may be entitled to a share of any profits it makes. The value of your shares is likely to rise or fall depending on whether the company is doing well or not.

You can also trade other investments through our share dealing service such as bonds (which are types of loans). You can only deal in corporate bonds right now but, as our service develops, you’ll be able to buy UK government bonds - known as gilts - too.

Will I have to pay tax on my investments?
Does Fidelity provide a certificated share dealing service?
How do I respond to a corporate action?

How to manage your online trading

Am I able to open a trading account?
How is cash managed within my accounts?
How do I move my investments to another provider?

How to buy shares

How do I buy shares?
What kind of shares and stocks are available?
What is a limit order and what types of order does Fidelity offer?
How quickly will my share orders be executed?

How to trade shares

How do I trade online and sell shares?
What time does the stock market open and close?
Is there any limit on the frequency or timing of trades?
Can I automatically sell, exchange, or buy shares on a set schedule?
Can I deal in international shares?
Can Fidelity advise me on what shares to invest in?

Stock dividends

How are dividends paid?
When are dividends paid out?
Can I take an income or make regular withdrawals?

Online share dealing fees and charges

What are the online share dealing fees and charges?
How do I pay the dealing fees and charges?

How to get started

Open or transfer an account to start investing with us. You’ll need a Fidelity ISA, SIPP, Investment Account or Junior ISA. They offer many benefits, including our low cost service fee, award-winning guidance and on-the-go access.

Stocks and Shares ISA

A tax-efficient way to save and pay no income tax or capital gains tax on returns.

Investment Account

Hold investments outside an ISA or pension, with no limit to how much you can invest. Our service fee is not charged on shares held in Investment Accounts.


(Investing in UK shares only.) A pension you manage yourself. You choose what it’s invested in, how much is paid into it and when.

Junior ISA

Start from as little as £25. Friends and family can gift money too.

Transferring accounts and investments

If you wish to transfer investments or accounts to us, you can. Our transfer process is straightforward. Plus, we’ll cover any exit fees your current provider may charge, up to £500 per person. *T&Cs apply.

Learn more about transfers *Read the exit fee T&Cs

International shares

Learn more about buying European and US shares from the UK. 

Explore investing in international shares

An award-winning service

We’re proud to have been awarded Best Execution-Only Broker at the Shares Awards - two years running.

See our awards

Important information - tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and all rules may change in the future. You cannot normally access money in a SIPP until age 55 (57 from 2028). This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.