Standard Bank | Online Share Trading



What are shares?

Shares, also known as equity, represents a proprietary interest that a person holds in a company and shareholders fully participate in the dividends, capital and surplus upon the winding-up of the company .Shareholders have certain rights including the right to share in profits, attend, vote and appoint a proxy at a general meeting and approve certain key corporate actions, such as share buy-backs and acquisitions. In South Africa, companies list their shares on the JSE Limited.

Despite its advantages, investing in shares can be risky. It is important to first familiarise yourself with the share investing world before you start trading. Once you do start trading, it is imperative to keep yourself up-to-date with knowledge and research to assist you in achieving your goals.

Why trade shares?

Investing in shares for the long term is a proven way to create wealth. Although it carries risk, it also carries the potential for reward. Whilst there is no such thing as a safe investment; one’s share portfolio can be structured in a way that helps to reduce as much risk as possible. Trading in shares includes the risk of loss of any capital amount(s) invested due to market fluctuations Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance.
The specific benefits of investing in shares over any other asset class include:

  • Good potential returns
  • The ability to manage risk by diversifying your portfolio across sectors and companies
  • Receive dividends
  • The potential to create long-term investments
The ability to invest small or large amounts

Read more

Download the brochure which explains in detail how shares work and how to start trading them.


Available courses

Face-to-face courses
Standard Online Share Trading offers a number of courses to help you master the trading of shares. We cover the basics of share investing right through to technical analysis, fundamental analysis and derivative trading.

Existing clients can log into the platform to check course topics and details, upcoming dates in your city, and to make a booking.

New clients please phone our call centre for further information.


Start trading

New clients: Click here to register now with Standard Online Share Trading.
Existing account holders: To trade shares, please:

  1. Log-on
Contact us for Standard Online Share Trading
South Africa: 0860 121 161

International: +27 11 415 5000

[email protected]

Send a general query

Call centre hours (SA)
         Monday - Friday   8:30 - 17:30

Twitter | YouTube
Learn about Share Markets
Sign up for Standard Online Share Trading