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What do I need to join?

At Bell Direct, we understand that entering into the share market is exciting, but also perhaps a bit of a mystery, so we’ve put together this page to highlight all the tools and features you’ll receive that will help you kick start your investing journey.

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So what makes Bell Direct simply better?


Daily Trading Ideas

When you open up an account with Bell Direct, you’ll receive six bullish and bearish trading ideas each day in your inbox, plus, a breakdown of the technical or fundamental supporting reasoning.


Easy Tax Reporting

This easy-to-read report includes details like: Your account summary, Holdings valuation, Direct Investment Account summary, Transaction summary, Brokerage and Estimated dividend summary.


Real Broker Research

You’ll get access to Bell Potter’s experienced and qualified analysts research every day after your first trade. This research covers Australia’s top ASX-listed companies and a range of selected mid-cap and emerging companies.


Competitive Fees

In the first place, Bell Direct was created because we felt the banks were ripping people off on brokerage. Years later, our fees are value for money, transparent and easy to understand.

Bell Potter

We are backed by Bell Potter
a leader in the Australian stockbroking
industry since 1970

Mobile trading in the palm of your hand

Trade anywhere, on the go, whenever markets are open. 24/7 Access to your account to get stock quotes, track your portfolios and view the latest research using our intuitive, easy to understand mobile platform.

Bell Direct mobile trading is available on iPhones and Androids. It’s web-based, so there’s nothing to download and install.


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Get trading ideas direct to your inbox

When you trade with Bell Direct, you’ll receive six bullish and bearish trading ideas each day in your inbox.

The share market tips are emailed early each morning so you can decide in advance which trading ideas are best suited for you. Bullish and bearish actionable trading ideas are based on chart patterns detected by Recognia.

Questions some new investors ask

If you have more detailed questions please call us on 1300 786 199

How soon can I start trading after opening an account?

You can generally start trading within:

– 3 working days if you have applied for a new holder identification number (HIN) for your trading account.

– 4 working days if you have requested for a HIN transfer across from your previous broker to your trading account.

We will contact you should we require any further information on your application.

Once the trading account has been activated, you can deposit funds into your Direct Investment Account. See how do this in the FAQ question below.

What I.D. do I need to set up an account?

– Your ID details so we can verify your identity online (i.e. Australian passport or driver’s licence)

– Your bank account details (from an Australian bank)

– Tax File Number (optional)

– Company or trust documents if you are opening an SMSF, company or trust account

– Your HIN if you’re switching from another broker

How do I deposit funds to start trading and withdraw funds from my account?

You can deposit funds electronically by either:

BPay: simply use the Biller Code and your BPay Number
Electronic transfer: use your BSB and Account Number

The timing of your funds deposit reaching your Direct Investment Account is dependent on your bank’s processing time.

If your deposit instruction was completed before your bank’s cut-off time, your funds will normally be in your Direct Investment Account the next business day.

To withdraw funds, simply visit the fund transfer section in your account and submit a funds transfer request online at anytime.

Your available transfer balance takes into account your cash balance and any buys pending settlement and open buy orders you have at the time of processing your transfer request.

When you submit your transfer request before 2:30pm AEST on business days, your funds transfer is processed on the same day and the funds should be in your nominated bank account the next working day.

After 2:30pm AEST on a business day or on a non-business day, your instruction will be processed at 2:30pm the next business day.

Please note that the cut-off on non-settlement days and shortened ASX trading days such as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve is 12.30pm AEST.

How do I transfer my holdings to Bell Direct?

To transfer shares to your Bell Direct account, follow these steps:

1. Determine where the shares are held: at another broker or at a share registry.

2. Fill up the right transfer request form:

For shares from another broker: once logged in, go to Forms in the My Account tab and fill up the Broker to Broker Transfer Request form.

Your details at the other broker must exactly match the details you have with us to allow the transfer. If shares are currently held in a different name, you will need to complete an Off Market Transfer Request form (found in Forms in the My Account tab once logged in) (at a cost of $55 per holding).

For shares from a share registry: once logged in, go to Forms in the My Account tab and fill up the Issuer Sponsored Conversion Request form.

Your details at the share registry must exactly match the details you have with us to allow the transfer. If shares are currently held in a different name, you will need to contact the share registry to change the details before submitting the Issuer Sponsored Conversion Request form.

All the request forms can be found on My account tab once you have logged in.

If you are in the process of opening a new account with us, you will have the option to transfer a HIN across during the online account setup process.

3. Send us your signed request form by:

Email at
Mail to Bell Direct, GPO Box 1630, Sydney NSW 2001

Once we’ve received it we’ll transfer the shares into your Bell Direct account within 3 days.

You can also watch our tutorial video:

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