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Charles Stanley Direct vs Barclays 2020

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Is Barclays better than Charles Stanley Direct? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 40 different variables, Barclays is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Barclays Smart Investor offers competitive share dealing commissions (£6 per trade) alongside an excellent selection of research tools and education. However, there is no dedicated mobile app for share dealing and the trading tools offered are just average.

Overall Rating

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Overall 3 4
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Trading Fees

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

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Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes No
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
19 67
Charting - Drawing Tools
1 17
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes No
Platform & Tools 3 3.5
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Research

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Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
No Yes
Research - ETFs
No Yes
Research - Bonds
No Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 3 4.5
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Investments

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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

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Has Education - Share Trading
No Yes
Has Education - Funds
No Yes
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No Yes
Education 2.5 4.5

Overall

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Overall 3 4
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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 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. Barclays received a rating of 4.00 stars over Charles Stanley Direct's 3.50 stars.

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 - If you make 1 trade a month, or 12 per year, the fees with Barclays wold be £132 and the fees with Charles Stanley Direct would be .

Scenario 2 - If you make 3 trades a month, or 36 per year, the fees with Barclays wold be £276 and the fees with Charles Stanley Direct would be .

Scenario 3 - 120 trades per year, or 10 trades per month. Barclays charges £780 and Charles Stanley Direct charges .

Scenario 4 - If you make 20 trades a month, or 240 per year, the fees with Barclays wold be £1500 and the fees with Charles Stanley Direct would be .

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 supports ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP while Barclays supports ISA, 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. Barclays offers its clients access to 17 charting tools while Charles Stanley Direct has 1 charting tools, a difference of 16. Charles Stanley Direct trails Barclays by 48 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Barclays offering 67 and Charles Stanley Direct offering 19. 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. Barclays offers fund research reports while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

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

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