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Temporary changes to our sharedealing service


Due to the impact coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on our call centres, we've temporarily reduced our opening hours. Lines are now open from 07:30 to 17:00 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.

An efficient way to buy and sell shares

Sharedealing with HSBC InvestDirect International is a convenient, cost effective and secure way of buying and selling shares online.


To benefit from our wealth and investment products, you'll need to open an HSBC Expat Bank Account.

Why invest with the HSBC InvestDirect International sharedealing service?

Sharedealing is provided by HSBC UK Bank plc. It's available to trade in pound sterling, US dollars and euro, in 48 countries and regions.

  • Buy and sell shares listed on the UK and US stock markets, along with most UK listed Exchange Traded Funds (ETF's)

  • Price alerts, market news and research tools to help you decide how and when to trade

  • An initial trading limit of GBP 10,000 or currency equivalent - so you can react quickly to new investment opportunities

  • No setup charge or annual management fees

  • We don't charge you to transfer any shares held by your broker to your HSBC InvestDirect International account

  • It's more competitive than using a full brokerage service

Where can you trade with sharedealing service?

The HSBC InvestDirect International sharedealing service is available if you reside in these 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.

Things you should know

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.

We recommend that you read these important documents. 

HSBC Expat is a division of HSBC Bank plc, Jersey Branch.

HSBC InvestDirect International is an execution only sharedealing service and doesn't offer sharedealing advice to anyone who uses the service. This service is offered without advice and as such, we are not required to assess the suitability of this service for you. This means that the protection offered by the Financial Conduct Authority rules on assessing suitability will not apply to this transaction.

Eligibility requirements

To use the service, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • reside in one of the eligible countries detailed above
  • hold an HSBC Expat Bank Account and an HSBC InvestDirect International Account
  • be registered for online banking

An HSBC InvestDirect International account is the account you use to settle your trades and where your stocks and shares will be held electronically in our nominee company. You'll still remain the beneficial owner of the shares.

To buy or sell shares online, and check the value of your share portfolio, all you'll need to do is log on to HSBC Expat online banking and click on your InvestDirect International account.

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.

The HSBC InvestDirect International service is available 24 hours a day from Monday to Saturday, and from 6am on Sunday.1

Fees and charges

We don't charge any annual management or inactivity fees.

How to apply

Send your application to us

Read our account opening guidance and complete the account opening pack.

The following forms are to be completed only if trading in US equities is required:

W9 (for US persons) or W-8BEN (for non-US persons)

Please note ALL pages of the forms completed need to be returned.

Postal address for forms

HSBC House

The Esplanade

St Helier



New to HSBC Expat?

You'll need an HSBC Expat Bank Account to apply for the sharedealing service. (eligibility criteria applies)

How to trade

Once you've opened a sharedealing account you can use our online sharedealing service to start buying or selling shares.

1If you place an order to buy or sell shares when the stock market is closed, your order will be sent to the market the next trading day. There's a risk of higher price volatility if you place an order when the market is closed, or near to its closing or opening time - so you should consider entering a price limit.

The value of investments (and any income received from them) can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount invested. For some investments this can also happen as a result of exchange rate fluctuations as shares and funds may have an exposure to overseas markets. We always recommend that any Investments held should be viewed as a medium to long-term investment, at least five years.

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.

HSBC InvestDirect International sharedealing service allows individuals to purchase and sell shares electronically. In order for us to provide you with this service, your shares will be held on your behalf in the name of our nominee company which means that your name will not be on the company's register of shareholders. As you will not be registered with the company's Registrar, you will not receive any correspondence or shareholder benefits from the company in which you hold shares. However we will use reasonable endeavours to inform you of any corporate actions, for example, rights issues, where we receive due notification from the company. Instructions for which can be given online, by letter or by telephone. For further information regarding how your shares are held with our nominee please refer to the 'HSBC InvestDirect International Terms and Conditions' and the documents in the 'Things you should know' section.

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