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Barclays vs Charles Stanley Direct 2019

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Is Barclays better than Charles Stanley Direct? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 100 different variables, Barclays is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Barclays is a reputable “one-stop shop” for share dealing and investments.

Overall Rating

Feature Barclays Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 4 3
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Trading Fees

Feature Barclays Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£6.00 £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.2% (minimum £48) 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£6.00 £11.50
ETFs - Fee
£6.00 £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
£3.00 £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£25.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 4 3.5
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Barclays Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No Yes
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
67 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
17 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
No Yes
Platform & Tools 4 3
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Research

Feature Barclays 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 4 3
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Investments

Feature Barclays 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
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
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Education

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

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Overall 4 3
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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, 124 individual variables were assessed. For this review, we will compare Barclays vs Charles Stanley Direct.

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. Both Barclays and Charles Stanley Direct share a rating of 3.50 stars.

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 Charles Stanley Direct provides its clients with ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP while Barclays provides clients access to ISA, SIPP, SIPP - Junior and Spread Betting. Looking at charting, the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available are important as well as stock alerts. Barclays offers its clients access to 14 charting tools while Charles Stanley Direct has 1 charting tools, a difference of 13. Barclays offers its clients access to 152 different indicators (for example, volume) while Charles Stanley Direct has 19 available indicators, a difference of 133. Barclays alongside Charles Stanley Direct offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Neither Barclays and Charles Stanley Direct offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Barclays and Charles Stanley Direct, Barclays is the winner.

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