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AJ Bell Youinvest vs Charles Stanley Direct 2019

Steve Miley
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Is AJ Bell Youinvest better than Charles Stanley Direct? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 100 different variables, AJ Bell Youinvest is better than Charles Stanley Direct. AJ Bell Youinvest offers low-cost trading for frequent traders, quality in-house research, as well as impressive mobile trading applications; however, the downside is that the company offers an average trading platform and basic education resources.

Overall Rating

Feature AJ Bell Youinvest Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 4 3
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Trading Fees

Feature AJ Bell Youinvest Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£9.95 £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£4.95 £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£4.95 £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.25% 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£9.95 £11.50
ETFs - Fee
£9.95 £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
£9.95 £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£29.95 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5
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Platforms & Tools

Feature AJ Bell Youinvest Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
No Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
10 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
1 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 3
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Research

Feature AJ Bell Youinvest Charles Stanley Direct
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
Yes No
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Bonds
Yes No
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 4 3
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Investments

Feature AJ Bell Youinvest Charles Stanley Direct
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
Banking Services
No No
Advisor Services
No Yes
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
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Education

Feature AJ Bell Youinvest Charles Stanley Direct
Has Education - Share Trading
Yes No
Has Education - Funds
Yes No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No No
Education 4 2.5
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Overall

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Overall 4 3
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Our UK.StockBrokers.com team spent seven months and hundreds of hours assessing 12 different share dealing accounts for buying shares online in the UK. In total, 124 individual variables were assessed. For this review, we will compare AJ Bell Youinvest vs Charles Stanley Direct.

To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the fees charged for dealing in the UK. It's important to note that not only is there the cost to place the trade, but most share dealing brokers also charge a monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee depending on the type and size of your portfolio. We assessed both to provide a single star rating for cost. Both AJ Bell Youinvest and Charles Stanley Direct hold a 3.50 star rating.

Cost aside, we can now turn our focus to popular tools and features investors prefer in the UK. Account access is certainly at the top of the list, and Charles Stanley Direct supports ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP while AJ Bell Youinvest supports ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and SIPP - Junior. Looking at charting, the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available are important as well as stock alerts. AJ Bell Youinvest and Charles Stanley Direct offer the same number of charting tools, 1. Charles Stanley Direct boasts an offering of 19 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to AJ Bell Youinvest's 10 available indicators. Charles Stanley Direct makes basic stock alerts available to clients, while AJ Bell Youinvest does not. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. AJ Bell Youinvest offers fund research reports while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

Overall, between AJ Bell Youinvest and Charles Stanley Direct, AJ Bell Youinvest is the winner.

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