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AJ Bell Youinvest vs Halifax Review

Steve Miley

By Steve Miley / May 16th, 2019

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Is AJ Bell Youinvest better than Halifax? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 100 different variables, AJ Bell Youinvest is better than Halifax. 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.

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Trading Fees

Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
ETFs - Fee
Investment Trusts - Fee
Telephone Dealing Fee*
Commissions & Fees
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Platforms & Tools

Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
iPhone App
Android App
Stock Alerts
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Notes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Charting - Stock Overlays
Platform & Tools
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Research

Research - Shares
Research - CFDs
Research - Funds
Fund Research - Research Reports
Research - ETFs
Research - Bonds
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Research
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Investments

Share Trading
CFD Trading
Funds
ETFs
Bonds - Corporate
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Investment Trusts
Spread Betting
Banking Services
Advisor Services
Offering of Investments
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Education

Has Education - Share Trading
Has Education - Funds
Has Education - Retirement
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Education
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Overall

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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 Halifax.

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. Halifax's score is 4.00 stars versus AJ Bell Youinvest's 3.50 stars.

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 Halifax offers clients ISA and SIPP while AJ Bell Youinvest offers 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. Both AJ Bell Youinvest and Halifax provide clients with access to 1 total charting tools. AJ Bell Youinvest trails Halifax by 33 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Halifax offering 43 and AJ Bell Youinvest offering 10. Halifax 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 has fund research reports, Halifax doesn't.

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

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