Do it yourself investing

Direct Investment Service

Invest in your future using our first-class service to implement your investment decisions, through our secure platform and app.

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The benefits of our Direct Investment Service

Start investing today

Open your account in minutes and start to build your portfolio from over 8,500 Shares, Funds, ETFs and Investment Trusts that you can trade online, over the phone and via the App. 

Competitive charges

Our low service fee is a maximum 0.35% with no minimum investment. Take advantage of savings through our highly competitive loyalty programme, where fees decrease the more you invest.

Safe and secure

Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your money. We’ve designed our processes to protect and nurture wealth in a safe environment, including strong cybersecurity measures.

Monthly investing

Set up Direct Debits to invest from as little as £50 per month. Select from our wide range of funds and automatically top-up your chosen investments.

Award-winning service

Our experienced team is based in Edinburgh. They provide the highest levels of service and will support you in any way they can – from opening your account to detailed account queries.

Access to our Dealers

Trade directly over the phone with our highly experienced Dealers for your larger orders, overseas and bond trades.

Why Direct Investment could be ideal for you

Our execution-only service allows you to take control of your investments. With our support and guidance we can help you choose from a wide range of investments.

Experienced investors

Explore our Preferred List to help you choose investments that suit your risk appetite and objectives. Alternatively self-select from over 8,500 UK and overseas shares to funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs.

Don't just take our word for it

Choose the right account for you

We offer a range of accounts with our Direct Investment Service.

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Stocks & Shares ISA

Make your savings work harder with our flexible ISA. Shelter up to £20,000 per tax year.

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Self-Invested Personal Pension

Create more opportunities for your retirement by saving more within a SIPP. Pay in up to £40,000 per tax year and get tax relief.

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Investment Account

Start investing today with a wide range of funds and shares or transfer and consolidate any existing holdings.

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Junior Stocks & Shares ISA

Give your children a financial head start with our JISA. Shelter up to £9,000 per tax year.

Invest on the go

Download our app

Once you have opened your account, you can download our Charles Stanley Direct App.

Monitor your investments and trade on the go.

Available on both Android and iOS devices.

Start your investment journey

Suited to all levels of investor, watch our video to find out how our investment platform can help you manage your investments.

Invest in your future using our first-class service to implement your investment decisions, through our secure platform and app.

It's easy to get started, open your account in minutes.

  1. Register your email
  2. Provide us with some details about you
  3. Choose your account; ISA, SIPP, Investment Account or Junior ISA
  4. Choose your investments; buying a fixed amount or monthly investments

Our award winning service

We’re proud to be shortlisted and winners of many awards and accolades, as they showcase the value of our high-quality services.

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2022 Best for Beginners
2022 Best for Customer Service
2021 Best for Customer Service

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