How to buy stocks?

All the steps you need to learn to buy stocks.

Updated over a week ago

*Stock trading: countries: UK, France, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg

If you wish to invest in a stock, you will first need to complete the Know Your Customer onboarding process and have your identity verified.

Then, you will need to add funds to your account, further information on how to do this can be found here: How can I deposit funds to my Shares account?.

In the Invest screen, you can find all stocks that are tradable on our platform. There are four different ways to find a stock:

  • Tap on the magnifying glass icon that can be found in the bottom right corner of your Invest screen

  • Tap on “Search”, you can find stocks by either scrolling down or by typing in the name of the stock you are looking for

  • Selecting a stock within your existing portfolio

  • Going to Watchlists and browsing the Watchlists

  • Selecting stocks from the “Biggest Movers”

How to place a buy order?

  1. Once you have decided and located the stock you would like to invest in, press the “Buy” button on the stock details screen.
    You can buy stocks during market hours (for more information on market hours in the US and EU stock markets, see the Market hours article) and your order will be executed as a market order right away. You can also schedule a buy order when the market is closed which will be queued and executed once the market opens.

  2. On the next screen, you will see an indicative stock price.

  3. Enter the amount you’d like to invest (minimum amount you can buy stocks for is 2 GBP / 2 EUR). You can only invest up to the number of available funds in your account. If you’d like to invest more, simply deposit funds to your account before placing the order.

  4. When you are ready, press the “Review” button.

  5. The order review will then appear.

Screenshot of the order review page

How to read the Order Review?

  • Stock price: the approximate price per stock in USD / EUR.

  • Amount: amount in your local currency which will be spent on buying the stock. It is equal to the total amount invested minus the service fees.

  • Shares(est.): approximate number of shares you will buy.

  • Service fee: we charge a flat fee of £1 for every trade to cover all third party costs and fees.
    Note: At Shares, all orders are Market Orders. This means once you have hit “confirm” they are sent immediately to our broker for execution with a view to achieving the market's current best available price. As the market is constantly fluctuating, it is possible that the price in the “Order Review” screen may differ from the execution price.
    Further information can be found in our Terms & Conditions, as well as Regulatory Disclosures, which can also be found on the order review screen. We encourage you to read both of these documents before proceeding.

  • Total cost: total amount you will be charged for this transaction in your local currency.

6. Choose the visibility setting for your trade.

Note: We will never show the exact amount you’ve spent on any order. Your followers will be able to see only the stock symbol, the executed price of your chosen stock, your display name, your picture, a note, and GIF should you wish to include one:

  • Public - visible to all Shares users.

  • Followers - only people who follow you will be able to see the trade in the Social feed.

  • Ghost Mode - visible to no one on Shares.

7. Add a note by simply typing what you want to say!
You can also mention other users by tapping on the “@” symbol visible on the screen, or typing "@" followed by their username. After selecting or typing "@", you will be presented with a list of a few username options to choose from; otherwise, you can continue to type the username that you want to tag, and the app will autocomplete the list so that you can select the matched username.

This note will be later displayed in the Social feed next to your order.

8. Add a GIF by tapping

Picture of the GIF icon

(optional).
GIFs allow you to express more emotions related to the purchase. The GIF will be shown on the Social feed next to your order.

9. If all the details are correct and you’re ready to proceed, press “Confirm”. Your order will then be sent to our brokers who will execute the trade. Not all orders can be executed and may be rejected for several reasons. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
Note: If you need to change the order details, you can come back to the previous screen and edit any parameter. Note, once you have tapped on “Confirm” on the Order Review Screen, you will no longer be able to make any changes to your trade.

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