Shares trading 

Why pay, when you can trade commission-free? Our shares selection includes popular South Afircan shares, such as MTN Group, Naspers and Kumba Iron Ore.


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How to trade shares

Shares trading is a popular choice among traders who want to take a position directly on individual companies. From technology and telecommunications to health care and utilities, shares trading offers endless options in terms of sectors and risk levels.  

Trading profits are generated by buying a share at a low price and selling it at a higher one or by selling at a high price and buying at a lower one, if you think that the share of a company will decline.  

At ThinkMarkets, we offer commission free trading on shares with leverage up to 10:1, which means you can start trading shares with as little as $250 and control a position of $2,500.  

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Trading shares with ThinkMarkets


Here's why thousands of traders choose to trade shares with us

  • Innovative platforms

    Select the platform that suits your needs between the robust Trade Interceptor, the next-generation MetaTrader 5 and the popular MetaTrader 4.

  • Superior mobile trading app

    Downloaded by over 550,000 traders, the Trade Interceptor app offers an unparalleled trading experience across desktop, tablet and especially mobile.

  • World class support

    Our multi-lingual support team is here to assist you with all your questions 24 hours a day, 5 days a week via email, telephone and live chat.

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What is shares trading?

Shares, also known as stock or equities, is one of the most popular financial instruments. In simple terms, they represent ownership of a company that is listed on an exchange. When companies want to raise capital, they issue shares. Investors who believe that the company will expand further, and therefore appreciate in value, buy shares and own part of that company. The more shares you buy, the bigger part of the company you own.  

The first time a company issues shares is called Initial Public Offering (IPO). IPOs tend to attract the interest of investors causing significant volatility. Buying shares during an IPO can be seen both as a risk and an opportunity. 

To buy shares, investors need access to a stock exchange. The most well-known stock exchanges are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), NASDAQ and the London Stock Exchange (LSE). Buying actual shares through an exchange or a broker who provides access to an exchange comes with the cost of  a commission.


What are dividends? 

By owning shares, investors become shareholders, which means they are also entitled to the company’s earnings, known as dividends. Dividends refer to the investor’s share of the company’s profit. They are normally paid out twice a year and the amount depends both on the company’s growth and the proportion of the profits the company decides to pay back to the shareholders as opposed to the proportion they decide to re-invest.


What influences the prices of shares?

To assess how the price of a share will fluctuate, investors tend to look at the below key factors:


  1. Earnings

    The most common indicator in evaluating shares is called Earning per Share (EPS). This represents the shareholder’s return on investment and is usually compared to expectations to give an idea of how well the company is doing.

  1. Corporate events

    Key actions that affect the lifecycle of a company and therefore its profitability include mergers and acquisitions, the issuing of more shares as well as the purchase or selling of shares by the company’s directors.

  1. News & rumours

    As with all markets, any type of news regarding managerial decisions, change of management, a new line of product or even a scandal can influence the share price substantially.


Investing in shares vs. trading share CFDs 

Shares offer as many opportunities as there are entrepreneurs in the economy trying to build the next Amazon. However, investing in shares through an exchange not only involves commission, but it also restricts investors who want to take advantage of falling markets, as they cannot sell a share they have not previously bought. 

That’s why trading share CFDs online has become a popular way for traders to participate in the exciting shares market. When trading shares online, you neither buy nor sell an actual share. What you do is speculate on the direction in which the price of a share will move, allowing you to profit both from long (buy) and short (sell) positions. 

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