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Alliance Trust Savings vs Charles Stanley Direct 2019

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Is Charles Stanley Direct better than Alliance Trust Savings? After scoring UK share dealing accounts in six areas for our 2019 review, Alliance Trust Savings is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Alliance Trust Savings will likely appeal to longer-term investors in search of discounted fees; however, this comes at the expense of a particularly poor overall client experience.

Overall Rating

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 3.5 3
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Trading Fees

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

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No Yes
Android App
No 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 Alliance Trust Savings 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 3.5 3
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Investments

Feature Alliance Trust Savings 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
Advisor Services
No Yes
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
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Education

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

Feature Alliance Trust Savings Charles Stanley Direct
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Overall 3.5 3
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After seven months and hundreds of hours of researching 12 different share dealing brokers, the UK.StockBrokers.com team collected thousands of data points. To focus on two brokers, we will now compare Alliance Trust Savings vs Charles Stanley Direct.

First, we will compare the fees charged for dealing in the UK. There are two primary fees: the cost to place each trade and the monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee charged which 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.

Cost aside, we can now compare popular features and tools investors prefer. Access to the investments you want is important, and Charles Stanley Direct provides its clients with ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP while Alliance Trust Savings provides clients access to ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and SIPP - Junior. Next, some traders desire robust charting, so the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available, as well as stock alerts, are considered. Both brokers offer clients access to the same number of charting tools, 1. Alliance Trust Savings trails Charles Stanley Direct by 9 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Charles Stanley Direct offering 19 and Alliance Trust Savings offering 10. Charles Stanley Direct has basic stock alerts, Alliance Trust Savings doesn't. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Alliance Trust Savings offers fund research reports while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

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

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