Halifax Investment Services Online Share Trading

Information verified correct on October 28th, 2016

Register with Halifax and take advantage of an industry-leading trading platform that guarantees reliable execution, competitive clearing fees and professional advice.

In recent years, Halifax Investment Services Ltd (HalifaxOnline) has become one of the largest multiplatform brokers in Australia- a position they have earned from years of dedication to the online trading market.

Specialising in clearing and execution facilities, Halifax also maintains one of the fastest account opening process in the industry thanks to the Rapid Account Opening Process™.

What can I trade with Halifax

Halifax provides unique solutions across a range of assets including domestic and international stocks, options, futures, foreign exchange and CFDs.

US and Australian Stocks & Options

Trade with US Stocks & Options online with an experienced online leader in the US market, or trade with Australian Stocks & Options via phone or online.

Contracts for Difference (CFDs)

Halifax’s CFD platform offers Direct Market Access (DMA) on specific CFDs, with tight spreads on CFDs for assets such as indices and commodities.
This type of trading is not without risk, however Halifax offers a range of tools to help you trade while reducing your risk.

Foreign Exchange (Forex)

Halifax provides all of the tools, advice and support you need to trade Forex effectively.


Trading futures with Halifax exposes you to major international markets with the benefit of low commission rates. With Halifax, you can trade Futures and Options on Futures by phone or online.

Trade Finance and Currency Exchange

To help you get a competitive edge, the Halifax Trade Finance Desk offers you the chance to secure one of the lowest rates available in the market.

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What are the features of  Halifax Share Trading

Market data

Halifax can provide you with trading recommendations to help you make informed decisions for your trading activity. Through their EasyTrade® partnership, they provide entry, exit and stop levels that can be used as a guide when navigating the online platform.

Reliable execution

With one account, you can trade a range of financial products and access the latest charting and competitive brokering.

24/7 Access

Trade with Halifax from your PC or Mac computer, notebook, tablets or smartphone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This gives you the flexibility to trade when you want.

Education and training

Halifax offers online and face-to-face training through industry workshops that give you insight to market fluctuations and trading strategies.

Efficient application process

This means Halifax can open your account and get you trading within 24 hours of submitting your application.


Halifax provides ongoing coaching and support to help you leverage opportunities within the market.

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What support is available with Halifax Investment Services?

Halifax can provide online and face-to-face training to ensure that you are using their trading platform effectively. All education and professional advice is provided by traders based on realistic and practical experience.

Additionally, Halifax offer an online chat support function where you can speak directly with an experienced investor that will guide you through every step of the way.

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What are the fees using Halifax Trading Platform

Fees you can avoid:

  • No registration fee: A $0 application fee means you can get started at minimal cost and focus on maximising your returns.
  • No ongoing fee: A $0 account keeping fee means you don’t have to worry about ongoing costs related to maintaining your trading account.

Fees you can’t avoid:

  • Live data Feeds: Australian Securities Exchange $AUD 45 per month

Brokerage fees with HalifaxOnline

Other fees may apply, for more information regarding Halifax fees please get in contact with a Halifax representative directly.

Australian assets fees
Shares$14.95 or 0.12% which ever is greater
Futures$8.00 minimum
Options$8.00 minimum or $3.00 per contract
CFDs$10.00 or 0.12% which ever is greater
ProductUS Asset Fees
Shares$12.95 or $0.0335 per which ever is greater
Futures$8.00 minimum
Options$8.00 minimum or $3.00 per contract
CFDs$10.00 or 0.0335 per which ever is greater
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What are the pros and cons of a Halifax share trading account?


  • Easytrade: The EasyTrade mobile technology helps you get in and out of the trade using the most efficient and informed process available on the market.
  • No registration fees: No fees for opening an account with Halifax.
  • Professional support: Halifax has a dedicated team of account representatives that are available to answer any questions you might have.


  • Limited payment methods: You can only fund your account through bank deposit, electronic transfer or cheque.
  • Minimum initial deposit required: The minimum initial deposit of $1000 is required when you open an account with Halifax.
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How do I apply for HalifaxOnline?

You can register with Halifax through their Rapid Account Opening Process. This means you can start trading in the domestic and global market within 24 hours of registering.
You can also open your live trading account with a zero balance and no establishment fees, and hold multiple accounts with no obligation to trade.

Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to trading with Halifax:

  • Online form completion: You’ll need to complete an online registration form where you select your account type (i.e. individual, sole trader, joint account etc), personal information (i.e. your name and your guarantor’s name) as well as your financial information (i.e. your bank account details). You’ll also need to provide Halifax with specific documentation, which is outlined below.
  • ID validation: Before processing your application, Halifax will need to verify your identity. They can certify your ID online which makes the registration process quick and easy.
  • Account funding: Once your application has been approved, all you need to do is fund your account and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the next trading opportunity in the market.

Documentation Required

You must provide personal information so that Halifax can determine the most suitable financial products and services for you. This is also required so that Halifax can meet legislative and regulatory requirements.

  • You may be required to supply the following information:
  • Full name, address & contact details
  • Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Information regarding your assets, liabilities, investment preferences and risk profile
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Commonly asked questions about Halifax, answered

Q. How do I withdraw money from my Halifax account?

A. To withdraw money from your account you’ll need to download and complete the Redemptions Form and send this to Halifax via fax or email.

Q. How do I deposit funds into my account?

A. You can fund your account through bank deposit, electronic transfer and cheque. There are no fees for making a deposit and all details for depositing funds to Halifax are detailed on their website.

Q. What support does Halifax provide?

A. Halifax allows you to access their training workshops and online education resources. All the education and training is provided by traders based on practical industry experience.

Q. Is Halifax a reputable provider? What industry relationships do they have?

A. Halifax is recognised as one of the leading providers in broking and investment services. Halifax is an Australian Securities Exchange (ASX 24) Participant and they are also licensed by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC).

Q. What are the benefits of trading with a public company?

A. As a public company, Halifax provides you with advantages that come from private broking solutions through to institution execution and clearing. By dealing with a public company, you reduce your trading risk compared to some of the “shadow brokers” trading in the marketplace.

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16 Responses to Halifax Investment Services Online Share Trading

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    Lance | September 10, 2016

    Do you have fee breaks for trading US PUT Options?
    1 contract
    10 contracts
    100 contracts

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      Shirley | September 19, 2016

      Hi Lance,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’ve gotten in touch with Halifax directly, will let you know of the outcome.

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    Gary | September 2, 2016

    Can I transfer my stock held in Sunshine Heart Inc (Nasdaq) into a Halifax International share trading account? If so what is the trading cost and what are the ongoing fees?

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      Shirley | September 6, 2016

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your question.

      Based on the information from the UK site (it’s not available on the AU site) there is no fee for transferring.

      Here are the steps:
      STEP 1 – Open an account: Open a Halifax Share Dealing Account or Stocks and Shares ISA.
      STEP 2 – Fill in the online transfer form: Sign in and complete our online transfer form.
      STEP 3 – Send it to Halifax: Print your completed transfer form, sign and post it to the address on the form, and that’s it!

      I would recommend getting in touch with Halifax AU to confirm the process.

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    Quin | June 10, 2016

    What costs will I incur to transfer my existing Nasdaq listed shares into a Halifax account and can I use them as collateral?

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      Shirley | June 10, 2016

      Hi Quin,

      Thanks for your question.

      I’m currently in touch with Halifax and will get back to you with a response.

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    derek | May 29, 2016

    its easy to pay for the services on offer but how easy is it to withdraw funds on short notice

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      Shirley | May 30, 2016

      Hi Derek,

      Thanks for your question.

      To withdraw funds from your Halifax account, you will need to send an email to redemptions@halifaxonline.com.au with your account number, bank details and where you want the funds to be transferred.

      The process typically takes 1-2 business days.

      Hope this helps.

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    Jake | March 24, 2016

    Hi. Can you please confirm that the Live Data Feed, is optional for all trading accounts. Is it easily turned off etc? Thanks

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      Shirley | March 29, 2016

      Hi Jake,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes this is optional for all trading accounts – to turn it off, please speak to Halifax directly.

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    tony | February 19, 2016

    What is “Live data Feeds: Australian Securities Exchange $AUD 45 per month”? Can I do trading without using this Live Date Feeds so that I do not have to pay AUD$45 per month?

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      Shirley | February 19, 2016

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you intend on trading frequently and want to stay up to date with the latest information, the live data feeds could help.

      It is possible to trade without the feed.

      Hope this helps.

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    Helen | December 29, 2015

    Does Halifax online trade ETOs ?

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      Shirley | December 30, 2015

      Hi Helen,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately Halifax online doesn’t trade ETOs in Australia, these are only available in the US.


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    Anil | September 27, 2015

    If I invest AUD 10000 in U.S. Stock , please list all the fees incurred including exchanging currency?

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      Shirley | September 28, 2015

      Hi Anil,

      Thanks for your question.

      International shares start from 0.20% of the total purchase amount in AUD.


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