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Hargreaves Lansdown vs Alliance Trust Savings Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Is Hargreaves Lansdown better than Alliance Trust Savings? After scoring UK share dealing accounts in six areas for our 2019 review, Hargreaves Lansdown is better than Alliance Trust Savings. While Hargreaves Lansdown provides clients a rich offering of investments and services, its trading platform and education area struggle to justify the high commissions and fees charged.

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Overall

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
Winner

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
Winner

Research

Research - Shares
Research - CFDs
Research - Funds
Fund Research - Research Reports
Research - ETFs
Research - Bonds
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Research
Winner

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
Winner

Overall

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3.5
 
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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 Hargreaves Lansdown.

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 Hargreaves Lansdown'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 Hargreaves Lansdown supports ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP, SIPP - Junior and Spread Betting while Alliance Trust Savings supports 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. Hargreaves Lansdown boasts an offering of 20 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to Alliance Trust Savings's 10 available indicators. Hargreaves Lansdown makes basic stock alerts available to clients, while Alliance Trust Savings does not. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Both Alliance Trust Savings and Hargreaves Lansdown offer fund research reports.

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

Alliance Trust Savings Review
Hargreaves Lansdown Review

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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