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Sharedealing services


Sharedealing services at a glance



We've made dealing in shares simple, cutting down on the paperwork, making it happen quicker, and giving you the tools to make an informed decision.

  • trading fees are £10.50 for the first nine trades each quarter, then £7.95 after that
  • £10.50 quarterly account fee
  • buy and sell shares online or by phone
  • comprehensive market and company analysis
  • test the waters with our Virtual Portfolio
  • share price alerts.

See our full Interest Rates and Charges.


Are you eligible?

You can open a sharedealing account if you’re:

  • first direct current account customer
  • registered for online banking
  • a UK resident or UK Crown employee
  • at least 18 years old
  • not a US national/citizen/resident (eg a US passport holder)

Try our Virtual Portfolio

New to dealing shares? Or just want to test a hunch? Once registered for sharedealing you can set up a Virtual Portfolio. You can create five portfolios, each with up to 50 stocks, so newbies can see how it works and old timers can fine-tune their strategy - without risking any real money.

Important Information

The value of investments (and any income received from them) can fall as well as rise, and you may not get back some or all of what you invested. For some investments exchange rate fluctuations will have greater impact to the value of shares depending on their level of exposure to overseas markets.

Any investment should be considered as a medium to long-term investment - so should be held for at least five years.

Early withdrawals on fixed term products could mean you may get back significantly less than you paid in.

The value of the tax benefits depends on your individual circumstances - and tax rules may change at any time in the future.

The information on this site definitely isn't advice - we don't give financial advice. If you need any, you should speak to an independent qualified financial advisor.

If you apply direct, without first receiving advice, you should understand that we are not required to assess the suitability of funds for you. So, you won't be protected by the FCA's rules on assessing suitability, if you have any doubts about any investments, please speak to an independent qualified financial advisor.

Register for Sharedealing

Existing Customers

If you've got a 1st Account and use Online Banking, registering is simple - log on, select 'Apply' and then 'Sharedealing'.

Register now for Sharedealing

If you would prefer to speak to us, please call us on

Available Mon-Fri 7.30am - 7.00pm

New to first direct

This product is only available to first direct Current Account customers.  (you're more than welcome to join us...)

More about our current account

Before you apply

Before applying, please take the time to read through the following:

The UK FSCS Information Sheet and Exclusions List is relevant to cash balances maintained within the product account.

You can find general information about financial products and managing your money on the Money Advice Service™ website.