About Carolyn Kimball

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Carolyn Kimball

Managing Editor

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Carolyn Kimball is the managing editor at Reink Media Group and lead editor for the websites StockBrokers.com and investor.com. Carolyn has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience at major media outlets including NerdWallet, the Los Angeles Times and the San Jose Mercury News.

She specializes in coverage of personal financial products and services, wielding her editing skills to clarify complex (some might say befuddling) topics to help consumers make informed decisions about their money. Carolyn believes strongly that financial education has the power to open doors for all Americans and change our lives for the better — whether that means planning for a happy retirement, paying off a debt, or establishing a budget that allows you to live a more stress-free life.

Carolyn is an honors graduate of Arizona State University and holds degrees in journalism and political science. She enjoys birdwatching, reading sci-fi novels (“speculative fiction,” if she’s feeling hoity-toity) and snapping photos of the black bears that regularly trudge through her yard in New England.

Latest Articles

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eToro Review

EToro has among the lowest fees and best mobile app experiences of brokers we tested in the U.K. We believe eToro offers a great starting point for those new to stock trading, but does appear to be more suited to short-term traders rather than long-term investors.

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Lloyds Bank Review

A Lloyds Bank Share Dealing account may be an easy solution for current banking customers who want to invest. However, it trails the leading platforms in some key areas.

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Halifax Review

Halifax share dealing may be a good fit for those who are already Halifax bank customers. Its low annual management charges make it an economical choice.

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Freetrade Review

Freetrade's low-cost, commission-free model allows trading of fractional shares with a user-friendly mobile trading app, and good-quality educational offerings. However, there is no online platform.

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CMC Invest Review

While CMC Invest’s U.K. offering is still evolving, the history and reliability of parent CMC Markets has helped accelerate its offering and bring it closer to market leaders in offering U.K.-listed shares and U.S. equities, despite being a mobile-only app for the time being.

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IG Review

IG is an investment platform aimed at experienced investors looking to make frequent trades on the stock market. IG offers thousands of shares, trusts and ETFs to trade, as well as the ability to do spread betting and CFDs. It offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use trading platform that is used by both private and professional investors. See what else our analysis uncovered.

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Vanguard UK Investor Review

Vanguard is basic in functionality and choice, but offers a very good service for less experienced investors and those looking for simple long-term investments – perhaps looking ahead to retirement.

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Trading 212 Review

Trading 212 is an investment platform that offers commission-free share dealing, making it a low-cost alternative to more traditional brokers. Investors looking for more diversification through mutual funds, another broker may be a better option.

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Interactive Investor Review

The standout feature at Interactive Investor (ii), a major U.K. investment platform, is its low flat-rate fees. This is in contrast to other investment platforms, which typically favour percentage fees for fund investing, although more brokers are now opting for flat fees.

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Interactive Brokers UK Review

Interactive Brokers is a sophisticated trading platform aimed at confident investors but also offers great value and resources for newer investors. We believe it’s certainly worth exploring the platform to see if you could save money or access more investments compared to other brokers.

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