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Hargreaves Lansdown vs Alliance Trust Savings 2020

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Is Alliance Trust Savings better than Hargreaves Lansdown? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 40 different variables, Hargreaves Lansdown is better than Alliance Trust Savings. Hargreaves Lansdown provides a thorough selection of investment options, high-quality research (some of which is in-house), alongside an excellent mobile app. Conversely, pricing is expensive, and charting tools, as well as educational resources, are just average.

Overall Rating

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Alliance Trust Savings
Overall 4.5 3.5
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Trading Fees

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Alliance Trust Savings
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£11.95 £9.99
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£8.95 £9.99
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£5.95 £9.99
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.45% £120.00
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£11.95 £9.99
ETFs - Fee
£11.95 £9.99
Investment Trusts - Fee
£11.95 £9.99
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£20.00 £50.00
Commissions & Fees 3 4
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Alliance Trust Savings
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes No
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes No
Charting - Indicators / Studies
26 10
Charting - Drawing Tools
1 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes Yes
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 4 3.5
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Research

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Alliance Trust Savings
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
Yes 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 4.5 3.5
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Investments

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown 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 4.5 3.5
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Education

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

Overall

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Alliance Trust Savings
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Overall 4.5 3.5
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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 Hargreaves Lansdown.

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. Alliance Trust Savings is a better option with a 4.00 star rating over Hargreaves Lansdown's 3.00 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. Hargreaves Lansdown would charge £278.40 while Alliance Trust Savings would charge .

Scenario 2 - 3 trades per month, for a total of 36 trades per year. Hargreaves Lansdown would charge £565.20 while Alliance Trust Savings would charge .

Scenario 3 - 120 trades per year, or 10 trades per month. Hargreaves Lansdown charges £1209 and Alliance Trust Savings charges .

Scenario 4 - 240 trades per year, or 20 trades per month. Hargreaves Lansdown charges £1563 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 Alliance Trust Savings alongside Hargreaves Lansdown offer clients 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. Both brokers offer clients access to the same number of charting tools, 1. Hargreaves Lansdown offers its clients access to 26 different indicators (for example, volume) while Alliance Trust Savings has 10 available indicators, a difference of 16. Hargreaves Lansdown has basic stock alerts, Alliance Trust Savings doesn't. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Alliance Trust Savings alongside Hargreaves Lansdown offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Alliance Trust Savings and Hargreaves Lansdown, Hargreaves Lansdown is the winner.

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/15/2020 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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