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Barclays vs AJ Bell Youinvest 2020

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Is AJ Bell Youinvest better than Barclays? After scoring the best share dealing accounts across 46 different variables, Barclays is better than AJ Bell Youinvest. Barclays Smart Investor offers competitive share dealing commissions (£6 per trade) alongside an excellent selection of research tools and education. However, there is no dedicated mobile app for share dealing and the trading tools offered are just average.

Overall Rating

Feature Barclays AJ Bell Youinvest
Overall 4 4
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Trading Fees

Feature Barclays AJ Bell Youinvest
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £9.95
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £4.95
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£6.00 £4.95
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000
0.2% (minimum £48) 0.25% (Max £7.50 per quarter)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£6.00 £9.95
ETFs - Fee
£6.00 £9.95
Investment Trusts - Fee
£3.00 £9.95
Telephone Dealing Fee
£25.00 £29.95
Commissions & Fees 4 4
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Barclays AJ Bell Youinvest
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No Yes
Android App
No Yes
Stock Alerts
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
67 10
Charting - Drawing Tools
15 1
Charting - Notes
Yes No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No Yes
Charting - Stock Overlays
No Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 3
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Research

Feature Barclays AJ Bell Youinvest
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Bonds
Yes Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 4.5 4
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Investments

Feature Barclays AJ Bell Youinvest
Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
No No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
Yes Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Yes Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
No No
Advisor Services
Yes No
Offering of Investments 3.5 3
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Education

Feature Barclays AJ Bell Youinvest
Has Education - Share Trading
Yes Yes
Has Education - Funds
Yes Yes
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Education 4.5 3.5

Overall

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Overall 4 4
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For our 2020 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare AJ Bell Youinvest vs Barclays.

Which broker is less expensive?

Alongside the cost per trade, most UK online brokers also charge a monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee, which varies based on the account type and balance. Based on our thorough review, Barclays offers better pricing than AJ Bell Youinvest for share dealing.

Assuming a £30,000 portfolio size, here are the total annual costs for share dealing with both brokers, given different monthly activity scenarios.

1 Trade Per Month - Barclays is cheaper. Barclays would only cost £132.00 each year while AJ Bell Youinvest would cost £149.40.

3 Trades Per Month - Barclays is less expensive under this scenario. Barclays would cost £276.00 per year while AJ Bell Youinvest would cost £388.20.

10 Trades Per Month - AJ Bell Youinvest is the better choice. Annual fees with AJ Bell Youinvest would total £624, while annual fees with Barclays would be £780.

20 Trades Per Month - AJ Bell Youinvest costs less in this scenario. Total annual costs with AJ Bell Youinvest would equal £1218, while Barclays would equal £1500.

Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?

Barclays offers a more diverse selection of investment options than AJ Bell Youinvest. Barclays offers investors access to Advisor Services, ETFs, Funds, ISA, SIPP, Share Trading and Bonds - Government (Gilts). Investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, so finding a broker that offers every investment type you are interested in is important.

Which platform offers better research?

Our testing concluded that Barclays is better for research than AJ Bell Youinvest. Barclays offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.

Which trading platform is better?

To compare the trading platforms of both AJ Bell Youinvest and Barclays, we tested each broker's trading tools and share dealing app. All features compared, Barclays offers a better share dealing platform.

Overall, between AJ Bell Youinvest and Barclays, Barclays is the winner.

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