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Alliance Trust Savings vs Barclays 2020

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Is Alliance Trust Savings better than Barclays? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 40 different variables, Barclays is better than Alliance Trust Savings. 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

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Overall 3.5 4
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Trading Fees

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Barclays
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£9.99 £6.00
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£9.99 £6.00
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£9.99 £6.00
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
£120.00 0.2% (minimum £48)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£9.99 £6.00
ETFs - Fee
£9.99 £6.00
Investment Trusts - Fee
£9.99 £3.00
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£50.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 4 4
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Barclays
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No No
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
No Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
10 67
Charting - Drawing Tools
1 17
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes No
Platform & Tools 3.5 3.5
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Research

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Barclays
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 3.5 4.5
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Investments

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Barclays
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
No Yes
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
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Education

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Barclays
Has Education - Share Trading
No Yes
Has Education - Funds
No Yes
Has Education - Retirement
No Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No Yes
Education 3.5 4.5

Overall

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Overall 3.5 4
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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, 46 individual variables were assessed. For this review, we will compare Alliance Trust Savings vs Barclays.

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 Alliance Trust Savings and Barclays hold a 4.00 star rating.

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 - 1 trade per month, for a total of 12 trades per year. Barclays would charge £132 while Alliance Trust Savings would charge .

Scenario 2 - 3 trades per month, for a total of 36 trades per year. Barclays would charge £276 while Alliance Trust Savings would charge .

Scenario 3 - 10 trades per month, for a total of 120 trades per year. Barclays would charge £780 while Alliance Trust Savings would charge .

Scenario 4 - 240 trades per year, or 20 trades per month. Barclays charges £1500 and Alliance Trust Savings charges .

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 Barclays offers clients ISA, SIPP and SIPP - Junior while Alliance Trust Savings 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. Alliance Trust Savings trails Barclays by 16 total charting tools, with Barclays offering 17 and Alliance Trust Savings offering 1. Barclays offers its clients access to 67 different indicators (for example, volume) while Alliance Trust Savings has 10 available indicators, a difference of 57. Barclays makes basic stock alerts available to clients, while Alliance Trust Savings does not. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Both Alliance Trust Savings and Barclays offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Alliance Trust Savings and Barclays, Barclays is the winner.

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