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InvestDirect International is an easy and secure way to buy and sell shares across 48 countries and regions.

Temporary changes to our sharedealing service


We’ve changed our opening hours to 07:30 to 19:00 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.


We've also temporarily stopped supporting some services. We're sorry for the disruption and any inconvenience it may cause.    

Affected services:


Fixed price quotes. If you're shown a 'fixed price quote' when placing a buy or sell order, please check your order status after submitting. If there is volatility in the market, a fixed price quote may be rejected. If your order is rejected, you'll need to place a new one.


Raise and invest. You now can't specify a GBP or USD amount that you'd like to trade. Instead, you must select the number of shares you want to purchase or sell.


28-day limit orders. You temporarily can't place extended limit orders over the phone. You can still place limit orders online, where you can instruct us to buy or sell at a fixed price or better within one business day.


Find out more about how to use InvestDirect International.

Buy and sell shares online

A convenient, cost effective and secure way of buying and selling shares online. Available to trade in pound sterling, US dollars and euros in 48 countries and regions. This service is provided by HSBC UK Bank plc.

Why invest with HSBC InvestDirect?

Trade across markets

You can buy and sell shares listed on the UK and US stock markets as well as most UK-listed Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's).

Market news and insights

Get access to price alerts, market news and research tools to help you decide how and when to trade.

Competitive pricing

There's no set-up charge or annual management fees. And we don't charge you to transfer any shares held by your broker to your HSBC InvestDirect International account.

Respond to opportunities

Your trading limit of GBP 10,000 or currency equivalent lets you buy and sell shares before any money is taken out of or paid into your HSBC Expat Bank Account - allowing you to respond quickly to new investment opportunities.

Things to know

Who can apply?

To use the sharedealing service, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • reside in an eligible country
  • hold an HSBC Expat Bank Account and an HSBC InvestDirect International Account
  • be registered for online banking

Where can you trade with our sharedealing service?

The HSBC InvestDirect International sharedealing service is available if you reside in the following countries or regions.

Cyprus (excluding Northern Cyprus)

Hong Kong SAR
Isle of Man

Macau SAR

South Africa
Sri Lanka

This sharedealing service is based in the UK and is provided by HSBC InvestDirect International, part of HSBC UK Bank plc - so your portfolio will be subject to UK taxation.

Important information

You'll need to be an HSBC Expat Bank Account holder to apply for the sharedealing service. Please note eligibility criteria applies.

Your HSBC Expat account(s) will be governed by the terms of business of HSBC Bank plc, Jersey Branch. These include Section 3 setting out additional terms which apply to the HSBC InvestDirect International Portfolio, provided by HSBC UK Bank plc and based in the UK. Your HSBC InvestDirect International Portfolio will be governed by the terms and conditions of HSBC InvestDirect International.

You should note that if you incur an informal overdraft on your HSBC Expat account as a result of trading shares, HSBC Expat will have the right, after asking you to correct the position, to instruct HSBC UK Bank plc to sell a sufficient amount of your shares to cover the informal position on your HSBC Expat account and HSBC UK Bank plc will act on that instruction and pass the proceeds of sale of the shares to your account with HSBC Expat.

How it works

InvestDirect International is an online sharedealing service. You can buy and sell shares, access market data and check your balances, all in one place. See detailed guidance.

1. Log on to your account

Log on to HSBC Expat online banking and select your InvestDirect International account.


Your stocks and shares will be held in the UK's nominee company. You'll be the beneficial owner of the shares.

2. Buy and sell shares online

You can use the InvestDirect International sharedealing service to start buying or selling shares 24 hours a day  Monday to Saturday, and from 6am on Sunday[@sharedealing].

3. Manage your trades

Your trading limit lets you buy and sell shares before any money is taken out of (or paid into) your HSBC Expat Bank Account - so you can react quickly to new investment opportunities.

Ready to apply?

Already with Expat?

If you already bank with HSBC Expat, simply read our Account Opening Guidance (PDF), then complete and mail us the account opening form detailed in your IDI Account Opening Pack.

New to Expat?

You'll need to be an HSBC Expat Bank Account holder to apply for the sharedealing service.

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Additional information

    Remember, the value of investments is not guaranteed - you may not get back the amount you invested, and any income received from them can fall as well as rise. This could also result from changes in currency exchange rates, particularly where overseas securities are held or where investments are converted from one currency to another. We always recommend that any investments should be considered as medium to long-term holdings of least 5 years.

    Economies in emerging markets generally are heavily dependent upon international trade and, accordingly, have been and may continue to be affected adversely by trade barriers, exchange controls, managed adjustments in relative currency values and other protectionist measures imposed or negotiated by the countries with which they trade.

    Your liability to tax will depend on the rules in your country of residence and your individual circumstances. Tax rules may change in the future.

    If you are UK resident and non domiciled for UK tax purposes, using money from your settlement account (or any money held offshore) to settle trades via InvestDirect may create a UK taxable remittance. If you are unsure if this service is right for you we recommend that you seek independent tax advice.

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