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My new years resolution is now half complete, certain savings accounts closed and transferred to higher interst rate accounts, ISA allowance now full and the only part I have left to complete my NYR is to get myself into online share dealing.

Does anyone have any advice they can give me with regard to the best service provider?

My HSBC bank and First Direct savings accounts provide this service, does anyone know a better provider?

Good and bad views welcomed!



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It depends on what you want to do really, small amounts can be done through Halifax sharebuilder where charges are low, but you do not buy directly, instead deals are pooled.

The next step up are companies like http://www.hoodlessbrennan.com or http://www.squaregain.co.uk/ where you trade in shares that are held in a nominee account. You can also use a service like http://www.hargreaveslansdown.co.uk/ to trade in unit trusts.

Those are the starter choices, although a couple words of warning start small, read up on companies, understand what the financials mean and do your own research (DYOR)! http://www.digitallook.com/ have a wealth of information and you can use it to track your portfolio, also http://www.fool.co.uk/ has good articles and boards for all sorts of financial matters.

PS With a name like that you should visit this site as well http://media3.steelers.com/ :P

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I am with Hargreaves lansdown and squaregain for the child trust fund. Squaregain I like as you can place orders at price limits over a certain period.

Hargreaves is ok - you can do US and Euro Shares - but not Japanese. Also they have problems converting the Euro exchange rate to £'s - who would have thought it!

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