Stock Market Overview

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is the 7th largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalisation. The major index is the FTSE 100, which tracks the top 100 stocks listed on the LSE. Financial services are vital to the economy with London housing one of the world’s largest financial centres but the service sector is the largest contributor to the economy making up around 80% of UK GDP.

Some of the largest and most well-known listed stocks include Barclays (BARC), Lloyds Bank (LLOY), Vodafone (VOD), British Petroleum PLC (BP), Shell PLC (SHELL) and Rolls-Royce Holding PLC (RR).

Brokerage Fees

Online Trading Offline Trading
UK % Minimum % Minimum
United Kingdom (LSE) 0.1% GBP £10.00 0.65% GBP £55.00

Note: Commission is inclusive of GST and exchange fees are exclusive of GST, and may be subject to change without prior notice. Share Trading Fees outlined are for execution only, fees for advisory services may differ and should be discussed with your Private Client Adviser. Custodian charges may apply.

All accounts are prepaid in order to enjoy low online brokerage fees.

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Exchange Fees

Stamp Duty Charge (Buy trades)
UK stock on LSE: 0.5% stamp duty
European stock on LSE: 1% stamp duty
Panel and Takeover Merger (“PMT”) GBP £1.00 for any trade >= GBP £10,000.00

Trading Hours

Australia Time AEST 06:00pm – 02:30am
United Kingdom Time (Non DST) 08:00am – 04.30pm


Settlement Cycle T+2 Market Days
Settlement Currency AUD
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