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Charles Stanley Direct vs Alliance Trust Savings 2020

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Is Alliance Trust Savings better than Charles Stanley Direct? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, is better than Charles Stanley Direct.

Overall Rating

Feature Charles Stanley Direct Alliance Trust Savings
Overall 3 3.5
Charles Stanley Direct Review Alliance Trust Savings Review

Trading Fees

Feature Charles Stanley Direct Alliance Trust Savings
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£11.50 £9.99
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£11.50 £9.99
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£11.50 £9.99
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.25% £120.00
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£11.50 £9.99
ETFs - Fee
£11.50 £9.99
Investment Trusts - Fee
£11.50 £9.99
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£25.00 £50.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4

Platforms & Tools

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

Research

Feature Charles Stanley Direct Alliance Trust Savings
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
No Yes
Research - ETFs
No Yes
Research - Bonds
No Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 3 3.5

Investments

Feature Charles Stanley Direct Alliance Trust Savings
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 3.5

Education

Feature Charles Stanley Direct Alliance Trust Savings
Has Education - Share Trading
No No
Has Education - Funds
No No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes No
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No No
Education 2.5 3.5

Overall

Feature Charles Stanley Direct Alliance Trust Savings
Charles Stanley Direct Review Alliance Trust Savings Review
Overall 3 3.5
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 Alliance Trust Savings vs Charles Stanley Direct.

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. Alliance Trust Savings's score is 4.00 stars versus Charles Stanley Direct's 3.50 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 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge [Variable LT] for accounts with £30,000 that trade once per month.

Scenario 2 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge the same for traders who trade 3 times per month, or 36 times a year. Both brokers charge [Variable LT].

Scenario 3 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge the same for traders who trade 10 times per month, or 120 times a year. Both brokers charge [Variable LT].

Scenario 4 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge [Variable LT] for accounts with £30,000 that trade 20 times per month.

Account charges aside, we can now compare features and tools investors want in their share dealing accounts. Access to the investments is important, and Charles Stanley Direct offers clients ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP while Alliance Trust Savings offers 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. Both Alliance Trust Savings and Charles Stanley Direct provide clients with access to 1 total charting tools. Charles Stanley Direct boasts an offering of 19 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to Alliance Trust Savings's 10 available indicators. Charles Stanley Direct makes basic stock alerts available to clients, while Alliance Trust Savings does not. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Alliance Trust Savings makes fund research reports available to clients, while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

Overall, between Alliance Trust Savings and Charles Stanley Direct, is the winner.

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