Choose a share-dealing platform(sometimes called a broker or a share-trading platform). Don’t worry if you’re a beginner, our table below will help you pick the right one for you.
Open your account. You’ll need a passport or ID and your bank details. Usually, you’ll be asked to enter your name, email, date of birth, address, national insurance number and employment status.
Confirm your payment details. You’ll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
Find the shares you want to buy. Search the platform you’ve chosen and buy your shares. It’s that simple.
Share dealing platform comparison
Updated September 23rd, 2019
Warning: your capital is at risk. The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Facebook share price
Use our graph to track the performance of FB stocks over time.
What affects Facebook’s share price?
When buying or selling shares in a company, it’s important to keep an eye on the current events related to that company. We will walk you through some of the key things to keep an eye on when trading Facebook shares.
Financial reporting. It’s a good idea to know when a company will be releasing its financial reports. This will let you know how the company is performing and will have a big impact on its share price.
Company news. It’s important to keep up-to-date with the company news. For example, is the company planning to release anything new in the next few months? Is it looking to move into a new country or market? Is it hiring or firing staff? All of these events will have an impact on its share price.
Wider news. You should also be aware of other external events and news that may have an impact on the company's share price, for instance, news about the sector.
Does the company pay dividends? If a company pays dividends, it means that it pays some of its profits back to the shareholders.
Shareholder meetings. These are often held annually and invite large shareholders to attend meetings and vote on matters relating to the company. It’s a good idea to know when these are, as they may influence the direction of the company.
Buying overseas stocks
First things first, you should check if the share-trading platform you’re considering allows you to hold foreign shares. Whether you’re looking at a dealing account, a stocks and shares ISA or a SIPP (self-invested personal pension), different trading providers have different rules.
Under HMRC rules, you’re allowed to hold shares listed on a “recognised stock exchange”. Your provider, however, may not allow it. So, check what stocks you’re able to hold with the share-dealing platform you’re considering.
Checklist before you invest in any company
What does the company do? This might sound silly, but can you explain what the company does in a few sentences? If you can’t, then maybe you should go back to the drawing board.
Is it making profits? If you’re not sure whether a company is profitable, this could be a warning sign. Try reading the company’s quarterly or annual earnings reports and take a look at the figures for yourself.
Who are the main competitors? Every company operates alongside competitors. Before you invest, you need to know if the company is the market leader, a newcomer, a fast-growing disrupter or something else. If the company you’re considering investing in is global-facing, you need to keep an eye on foreign competition too.
Who is running the company? Even a cursory look at this can tell you something about the company’s stability and management style.
Is the company’s position sustainable? If you’re investing for the long term, you need to consider this question. If you’re looking for a short-term gain, perhaps this is less important.
Is there room for future growth? Linked to the question above, what is the outlook for the medium-to-long term? Has your company reached its maximum size?
Frequently asked questions
Most platforms shouldn’t charge extra for holding overseas shares. However, there might be extra charges for the actual transactional process. Foreign exchange charges, as well as converting dividends back into sterling, could diminish your returns.
Check out the table above for some of the UK’s leading share dealing platforms. You can compare platforms using the table, as well as the guides in our share trading hub. Once you’ve done your research and compared your options, you can pick the right provider for you.
How likely would you be to recommend finder to a friend or colleague?
Very UnlikelyExtremely Likely
Thank you for your feedback.
Our goal is to create the best possible product, and your thoughts, ideas and suggestions play a major role in helping us identify opportunities to improve.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.