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Standard Online Share Trading is getting a facelift! We’ve recently launched the 1st version of our new site, BETA Release 1.0, and we’d like to invite our community to tell us how we can make this new experience ßeta.



BETA  release includes the following features:

  1. Viewing Portfolios
  2. Trading
  3. Watchlists
  4. Triggers
  5. Launch ViewPoint


Please send your feedback and suggestions to [email protected].



 Searching for an Instrument

Click on the search icon on the top right of the screen then you may type in the share code e.g. SBK or start typing in the name of the company. 

The search results will populate. 

Then click on any share to get a quote or more information on the share.

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 Trading/Placing  an Order


On the top right of the screen you can click on "Trade". This will display the Trade Ticket. If you are already viewing a specific share, the Instrument on the trade ticket will be defaulted to that share. You may also change the share code at anytime. Also a new feature of the trade ticket is that you can now choose wheather or not you would like type in a password each time you place an order. After capturing the trade information, click on review and you will be prompted to confirm on cancel the request.

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Viewing a Portfolio


On the left of the screen you will see your list of your accounts. Click on the account number to view the Portfolio overview screen. 

On this screen you will see tabs that will allow you to view market news for your portfolio, cash transaction history, orders on your portfolio, triggers and a sector breakdown for your portfolio.

You will also view your individual holdings. By clicking anywhere on the line of your holding, you can get more more detailed information of the instrument.


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Orders and Trades

You can search for your current and historical orders by clicking on the "Orders" menu on the left of the screen. You can also seacrh for all completed orders(trades) by clicking on the "COMPLETED" tab. At all times you will have the option of filtering by date, accounts or instrument.


By clicking anywhere on the line of the order you can retrieve more information about the order.





Withdrawing and Transferring Funds


Click on "TRANSACTIONS" on the top right on the screen.

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If you have any queries, feel free to respond to this post or send us an email to the [email protected] mailbox.

Please note that trades or other activities carried out on BETA 1.0 will affect your live account.

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If the spelling and grammar in this information is anything to go by, I don't have much confidence.

Dave Rissik
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I am unclear what SBG are trying to achieve with the “new look” OST platform.


I appreciate that there is pressure on institutions offering any financial services online to move with the times and make such platforms “mobile device” friendly. However, unless this process is carefully executed, the benefits to existing users, especially desktop or laptop users may be lost.


I have always viewed the current SBG OST platform as the best of breed with intuitive layouts, easily accessible links and “information rich” page renditions.


The OST BETA rendition seems to be gravitating to the SBG online banking look which works for banking transactional purposes but not in my opinion for the more complex requirements of OST, viz:


  • The formatting of share portfolio pages need to prevent “spill over” onto subsequent pages where say a portfolio of more than 10 instruments are held and remain information rich
  • Graphics need to be retained (“ a picture tells a thousand words”)
  • Links to important pages such as dividend history, historic statements, tax information, etc. appears at present absent


I have long argued that SBG should consider adding specific rates of return data to the platform for clients (i.e. similar to the XIRR function in MS Excel). While daily or annual share price movements are valuable, most valuable to a client is the overall specific time /money weighted return on his or her portfolio since inception or for any arbitrary period.


I trust the above is of some value to the development team.

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Facelift for the sake of aesthetics is never a good idea - if it does not include a paradigm shift in practicality, useability and innovation! The current site may not be pretty, but it is functional and sensible and concise. We do not want to scroll around trying to find functionality - if we want to do sightseeing, we will use our trading profits to tour the Alps or someplace . . . . That brings me to the investors main and only purpose - to make profits - and if your site hampers them in any way, they will go someplace else. I fully agree with the comment above and may I ask that you keep the current site available for people who uses the site as a means to a purpose and not as a destination.

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Dave Rissik and NoNonsenseInvestor said it all.

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Is it just me that find OST Beta not very user friendly? White spaces and blank rows all over the screen, info scattered top and bottom left and right. To do a trade have to scroll up down look left right for confirm buttons, reviews. I really REALLY hope they will keep the old screens. Was/is compact , all info in one glance, etc. 

Concerned Client
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The OST Beta site is a disaster - please DO NOT implement it!

Do you expect clients to remember all their investments by Product Codes? Company names only appear if you mouse over the codes - a tedious exercise!

Amounts of over R1million do not even fit into the blocks, and no-one at OST has even noticed this! There are many other shortcomings - too many to detail.

All comments above are negative - has OST received ANY positive feedback?

Why not publish a summary of the feedback received by OST, so that clients can be informed of the general perception, and indicate whether or not OST is going ahead with the site regardless?



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hi team - i agree with all the comments above, i closed my Investec trading account as the STD Bank platform was a lot more user friendly. Now someone is trying to be smart !!! not a clever idea and I believe you will loose customers if you carruy on with this.

Peter Frankle
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I agree with most of the comments above , having experienced the changes to Internet banking over the last year or two I suspect that this may be a disaster.

The current site works perfectly well , has all the information one needs right in front of you.

A modern looking site does not neccessarily lead to a practical workface and this has been borne out on thh banking platforms -some users do still use PC's.

I'm afraid you may end up chasing people away , but note that the old site will still be available ( makes me wonder - why bother with a new one ) 

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Please keep in mind that not everyone is computer literate such as the programmers

Please stay with the old user friendly site, nothing wrong with it


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Please don't change. I have mastered the present website and am very happy with it.

The OST seems very "bitty" complicated and all over the place.

Arno Els
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As said.... what a disaster !!  Fortunately the old site will still be available....I wonder for how long  ??  

Good Grief
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Why would you favour this Fischer-Price interface over the older, more comprehensive one? Less information spread over a larger area makes it more difficult to access useable data. Too much white space. It's just like the way Standard Bank ruined the Online Banking interface.

Looong timer
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I am with you from day one. Bring back the genius that designed the old (present) site if you want a facelift without changing the basics.

It still is the best site on offer.To call OST Beta an improvement is an insult to your old team and  to anybody above a 85 IQ.

It is simply Marketing Garbage. For the "Manager" ( excuse the laugh ) who approved that,back to school. I hear on the grape vine that your own

team,if asked, would share my opinion.

Looong timer