Simple & secure steps to
buying & selling shares

It’s really easy to buy and sell shares here at Trustnet Direct. Simply choose the company,
Investment Trust or ETF you want to invest in and add it to your basket.


Golden Rules

  1. By clicking on the ‘Buy’ or ‘Sell’ buttons, you are adding the share to your basket and are making no commitment until the next steps of the process.
  2. If you are buying, make sure you have enough money in your investment account prior to making the transaction.
  3. It costs £10 to buy or sell a share, or £5 if you are trading more than 10 times per month. There are no annual management charges levied for shares, investment trusts or ETFs.
  4. Once you have executed a share transaction it should be added to your portfolio immediately. If not, try hitting the refresh button.
  5. If you are selling one share to buy another, you can immediately use the proceeds of the sale to acquire your new share units.

Unique Tools

We have an entire suite of unique tools to help you find the right investments for you.
Explore the many choices in the boxes below & add them to your portfolio.


The Basket

As you add shares to you basket you can check on your progress. You can leave shares in your basket for days and weeks if you so choose or delete them. Accessing your basket (from the top navigation) allows you to view the shares you have chosen. You can then select whether you wish to buy or sell your chosen share (although if you don’t already own a fund or share, you can’t sell it!)

Account Types & Security

Three choices of account

Once you have selected what you want to buy/sell, you’ll need to select which part of your account you wish to add the share to. There are three choices (assuming you have activated your SIPP account): the ISA account, the General Investment Account (GIA) or your SIPP

All accounts are secure

Your security is our most pressing concern. To ensure only you can access your investment account, we ask you to enter key elements on your Account PIN at this point

Proceed to checkout & ‘Deal Now’

Get a quote

Pressing the ‘Proceed to Checkout’ button takes you to the final screen where you can check over your investment, enter the amount you wish to buy or sell and then press ‘Get Quote’.

Deal Now - 15,14,13... seconds left

You will see a real-time live price and a 15 seconds countdown. Once you press the ‘Deal Now’ button, you will secure that quoted price.

...or place many orders

Multiple transactions

If you wish to buy several shares in one go, no problem, as long as they are going into one area of your account (e.g. the ISA). You can then process the orders sequentially like so. A tick appears once your order has been placed. If you wish to add some investments into your SIPP, ISA and/or GIA accounts at the same time, you need to return to your basket and allocate investments to each part of your account separately.

Et voila!

You should be able to buy or sell a share in just three clicks (OK, a few more clicks if you’re buying a few different shares) and on returning to your portfolio you should see your new acquisition or disposal reflected in your holdings (if not, hit the refresh key).

Buying Unit Trusts & OEICs

Buying unit trusts and OEICs adopt a slightly different process as they are priced daily and therefore the need to agree a live price is not necessary.

Make an informed choice when buying shares.
Find who is in the headlines and the top tables.

Link to any of the tools below and register to save your findings in your own interactive Trustnet Direct portfolio.

TOP - Risers

  # Name   %
1. Progility PLC Ord 10P 61.11
2. Nature Group PLC Ord ... 36.00
3. On-line PLC Ord 5P 21.59
4. TLA Worldwide PLC Ord... 16.67
5. Mgmt Res Sols PLC Ord... 13.64

Shares News, Guides
Research & more

Live feeds
& features


TOP - Fallers

  # Name   %
1. Angs Enrgy PLC OrdGBP... -41.31
2. Greatland Gold PLC Or... -14.66
3. Alpha Retrns Grp PLC ... -13.33
4. Mobile Tornado Group ... -12.07
5. Zanaga Iron Ore Co Lt... -11.39

Portfolio Power


Don’t read about it – have a go.

We’ve set up a demo portfolio
for you to play around with


The Virtual Portfolio allows you to monitor and analyse your investments and input real cash amounts and purchase/sale dates to synthesise real holdings

You do not need to actually
hold your investments with us –
although naturally, we hope
you will do soon!