Lloyds share dealing review

Lloyds is one of the UK's leading banks, find out how to buy shares with its share dealing option

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Since forming back in 1765, Lloyds Bank has become one of the UK’s most respected financial service providers. It offers everyday banking services and now has a range of different accounts that let you start investing.

There are a couple of different options – you can either invest in up to 3,000 funds across various asset classes and geographical locations, or put your money into a managed fund, where the investment decisions are made for you. We’ve compiled some of the key aspects of Lloyds share dealing to help you find out if it’s right for you.

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What is Lloyds share dealing?

Lloyds provides a variety of simple ways to help you start investing your money. As well as offering accounts for investing in shares and funds, it also offers market research, price alerts, and trading tools to help you make educated decisions. Simply set up your account, use its research centre to choose investments and invest.

What accounts does Lloyds have?

Lloyds has 4 different accounts that you can invest in:

  • Share dealing account
  • ISA
  • investment ISA
  • Investment account

Lloyds share dealing account

With the Lloyds share dealing account you can invest in shares, investment trusts, ETFs, funds and Lloyds’ Select List, which is a list of top fund picks.

You can choose which investments you want to invest in. Lloyds has a Research Centre to give you up to date news and market information, to help you make informed investment decisions.

With this account there aren’t any tax benefits. If you make more than £3,000 in each tax year then you’ll have to pay tax on your profits.

Share dealing ISA

The share dealing ISA is exactly the same as the share dealing account, except it’s tax free. You get an allowance in each tax year, up to which you can invest without paying tax on your profits. The allowance for the 2024/2025 tax year is £20,000.

Ready made portfolios

Lloyds has two accounts that let you invest in its ready made portfolios. The only difference between these accounts is that the Investment ISA lets you use your annual ISA allowance. The allowance for the 2024/2025 tax year is £20,000.

The ready made portfolios are funds that have been created and are maintained by professional fund managers. It’s all done on your behalf in exchange for a fee. The fund manager pools money from investors (like you) and buys and holds assets. There are 3 different risk profiles, each with a different risk profile: low, medium and high.

Here’s the breakdown of each portfolio:

Lloyds share dealing features

  • Choose where to invest yourself or pick a managed fund
  • ISA accounts available for both, saving you from paying tax on your returns
  • Sell part or all of your investment without paying any additional fees
  • Use the Research Centre for up to date news and market information, so you can make a more informed investment

Lloyds share dealing fees

The fees are different for the different types of investment account.

Share dealing fees

Admin charge£20 per 6 months (includes both a share dealing account and an ISA)
Online trades£11 per deal
Frequent trading commission£8 per trade if you trade 8 or more times in each quarter
Fund dealing£1.50 per trade
Scheduled regular investments£1.50 per trade

Lloyds ready made portfolio fees

Ready made portfolios have some additional fees:

Fee nameManaged Growth Fund 2Managed Growth Fund 4Managed Growth Fund 6
Service fee0.24%0.24%0.24%
Ongoing charge0.28%0.26%0.26%
Transaction costs0.09%0.11%0.12%

How safe is Lloyds share dealing?

With over 250 years of experience, Lloyds has built a strong reputation as one of the UK’s leading banks and investment businesses.

It is fully authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is bound by rules and regulations in the conduct of investment business. It’s also covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), which means that you are covered by up to £85,000 if Lloyds were to go bust.

Pros and cons of Lloyds share dealing

Pros

  • Option to choose your own investments or invest in a ready made portfolio
  • Cheaper for regular investments
  • Easy to set up if you’re already a Lloyds banking customer

Cons

  • Expensive 6 monthly admin charge
  • Only a small amount of ready made portfolios on offer
  • Not a huge range of international stocks

Our verdict: Is Lloyds share dealing any good?

Lloyds share dealing is a pretty standard account. If you already have a Lloyds banking account then it’s a pretty inconvenient add on and uses the same app as mobile banking. Its range of ready made portfolios is pretty small but enough to get you started if you want to try out investing.

If you’re feeling confident and want to choose your own investments, you can do this too. There isn’t a massive range of international stocks but again, enough to get you started.

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