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Halifax vs AJ Bell Youinvest 2020

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Is AJ Bell Youinvest better than Halifax? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, AJ Bell Youinvest is better than Halifax. AJ Bell Youinvest charges £9.95 per trade and a discounted £4.95 per trade for investors who place over ten trades a month. AJ Bell offers high-quality research driven by Morningstar as well as an impressive mobile app. Conversely, AJ Bell offers an average trading platform and basic education resources.

Overall Rating

Feature Halifax AJ Bell Youinvest
Overall 3.5 4
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Trading Fees

Feature Halifax AJ Bell Youinvest
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£12.50 £9.95
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£12.50 £4.95
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£12.50 £4.95
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
£0 0.25% (Max £7.50 per quarter)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£25.00 £9.95
ETFs - Fee
£12.50 £9.95
Investment Trusts - Fee
£12.50 £9.95
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£25.00 £29.95
Commissions & Fees 3 4
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Halifax 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
91 10
Charting - Drawing Tools
17 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes Yes
Charting - Stock Overlays
No Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 3
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Research

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

Feature Halifax 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 4 3
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Education

Feature Halifax 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)
No Yes
Education 3.5 3.5

Overall

Feature Halifax AJ Bell Youinvest
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Overall 3.5 4
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To find a right broker for share dealing, we spent seven months and hundreds of hours of assessing 12 different share dealing brokers based in the UK. Here, we will focus on two brokers and compare AJ Bell Youinvest vs Halifax.

Our comparison begins with the fees charged for dealing shares in the UK and being a client. The two main charges to focus on include the cost to place each trade alongside the monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee charged (varies depending on the type and size of your portfolio). We researched both to provide a single star rating for cost. AJ Bell Youinvest's score is 4.00 stars versus Halifax's 3.00 stars.

Further breaking down costs, we analyzed four different trading scenarios. For all four scenarios, we are assuming a £30,000 portfolio for custody fees.

Scenario 1 - 12 trades per year, or 1 trade per month. Halifax charges £150 and AJ Bell Youinvest charges £149.40.

Scenario 2 - 3 trades per month, for a total of 36 trades per year. Halifax would charge £450 while AJ Bell Youinvest would charge £388.20.

Scenario 3 - 120 trades per year, or 10 trades per month. AJ Bell Youinvest charges £624 and Halifax charges £1500.

Scenario 4 - 240 trades per year, or 20 trades per month. Halifax charges £3000 and AJ Bell Youinvest charges £1218.

Account charges aside, we can now compare features and tools investors want in their share dealing accounts. Access to the investments is important, and Halifax provides its clients with ISA and SIPP while AJ Bell Youinvest provides clients access to ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and SIPP - Junior. Also, some investors require a high-quality charting experience, so the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available, as well as stock alerts, are considered. Halifax offers its clients access to 17 charting tools while AJ Bell Youinvest has 1 charting tools, a difference of 16. AJ Bell Youinvest trails Halifax by 81 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Halifax offering 91 and AJ Bell Youinvest offering 10. Halifax offers basic stock alerts while AJ Bell Youinvest does not. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be 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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