Yearly Review of UK Stock Brokers

UK Share
Dealing Broker Rankings

By Steve Miley | March 12th, 2017

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2017 UK Share Dealer Rankings

In total, 1,536 data points were gathered to rate and rank dealer participants. To determine an Overall winner for self-directed investing, we assessed each of the following categories:

  • Commissions & Fees (20%)
  • Offering of Investments (10%)
  • Platforms & Tools (25%)
  • Research (30%)
  • Customer Service (5%)
  • Mobile Trading (5%)
  • Education (5%)

Click on any category name to filter firms results by that category. For more information, see How We Test.

BrokersCommissions & FeesOffering of InvestmentsPlatform & ToolsResearchCustomerServiceMobileTradingEducationOverall Rating
IG Group
Interactive Investor
Hargreaves Lansdown
TD Direct Investing
AJ Bell Youinvest
Alliance Trust Savings
Fidelity International
Charles Stanley Direct
Fellow Traders and Investors,

It gives me great pleasure to publish the first annual UK Brokers Review, written exclusively for residents of the United Kingdom.

The process of reviewing UK online brokers began in September. Over the past seven months, I have collected a significant amount of data and formed studied opinions on stockbroking services in the UK. Many hours have been dedicated to research and the close examination of broker websites, platforms, tools, research, and customer support. prides itself on conducting thorough research and acquiring a true client experience. As a trader and institutional research analyst, I understand the needs and demands of investors.

For the 2017 UK Brokers Review, ten UK-based, regulated online share-dealing brokerages were assessed within seven primary categories: Commissions & Fees, Platforms & Tools, Research, Customer Service, Investment Offering, Mobile Trading, and Education. More than 140 variables were analyzed for each broker.

To narrow down your broker selection, read the “Best in Class” commentary and individual UK broker reviews. Then compare your narrowed-down selections side-by-side with the comparison tool to make a final selection.

Since its inception back in 2011, has helped over three million US investors research and compare US-based online brokers. Now, in 2017, I am thrilled to lead the way and help you find the best UK-based brokerage for your personal needs.


Steve Miley
Steve Miley European Head of Research

Best in Class

Our “Best in Class” awards highlight the top three UK brokers for seven unique categories. For each section there is a category winner which is listed below the title. Click on a category name to learn more about that section and see the top three dealers.

Best in Class for
  • Commissions & Fees IG Group
  • Offering of Investments Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Platform & Tools IG Group
  • Research Barclays
  • CustomerService Halifax
  • MobileTrading AJ Bell Youinvest
  • Education IG Group
#1Fund Offering Fidelity UK
#1Trader Community Interactive Investor
#1Overall Client Experience Hargreaves Landsdown
#1Retirement Services Hargreaves Landsdown
#1Phone Support Halifax
#1Email Support IG Group
#1Live Chat Support TD Direct Investing

Industry Awards

Each year there are share dealing brokers that we want to recognize for standing out from the crowd. These firms received the following industry awards for 2017.

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