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Alliance Trust Savings vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

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

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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
Winner

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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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.

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. Alliance Trust Savings and Charles Stanley Direct offer 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 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 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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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/08/18 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The UK.StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page.

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