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Barclays vs eToro 2021

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Is Barclays better than eToro? After scoring the best share dealing accounts across 46 different variables, Barclays is better than eToro. Barclays Smart Investor offers average share dealing commissions (£6 per trade) alongside a good 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

Feature Barclays eToro
Overall 4 3.5
Commissions & Fees 4 4
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
Platform & Tools 4 3.5
Research 4.5 3.5
Education 4.5 3
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Trading Fees

Feature Barclays eToro
Minimum Deposit £0.00 £200.00
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £0 (Other Fees Apply)
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £0 (Other Fees Apply)
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£6.00 £0 (Other Fees Apply)
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000
0.2% (minimum £48) £0 (Other Fees Apply)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£6.00 N/A
ETFs - Fee
£6.00 £0 (Other Fees Apply)
Investment Trusts - Fee
£3.00 N/A
Telephone Dealing Fee
£25.00 N/A

Platforms & Tools

Feature Barclays eToro
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No Yes
Android App
No Yes
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
67 66
Charting - Drawing Tools
15 13
Charting - Notes
Yes No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
No Yes

Research

Feature Barclays eToro
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes No
Fund Research - Research Reports
Yes No
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Bonds
Yes No
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes

Investments

Feature Barclays eToro
Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
No Yes
Funds
Yes No
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
Yes No
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Yes No
Investment Trusts
Yes No
Spread Betting
No Yes
Advisor Services
Yes No

Education

Feature Barclays eToro
Has Education - Share Trading
Yes Yes
Has Education - Funds
Yes No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes No
Client Webinars
No Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes

Overall

Feature Barclays eToro
Overall 4 3.5
Commissions & Fees 4 4
Offering of Investments 3.5 3.5
Platform & Tools 4 3.5
Research 4.5 3.5
Education 4.5 3
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For our 2021 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Barclays vs eToro.

Which broker is less expensive?

Alongside the cost per trade, most UK online brokers also charge a monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee, which varies based on the account type and balance. Based on our thorough review, eToro offers better pricing than Barclays for share dealing.

Assuming a £30,000 portfolio size, here are the total annual costs for share dealing with both brokers, given different monthly activity scenarios.

1 Trade Per Month - eToro is cheaper. eToro would only cost £75 each year while Barclays would cost £132.

3 Trades Per Month - eToro is less expensive under this scenario. eToro would cost £75 per year while Barclays would cost £276.

10 Trades Per Month - eToro is the better choice. Annual fees with eToro would total £75, while annual fees with Barclays would be £780.

20 Trades Per Month - eToro costs less in this scenario. Total annual costs with eToro would equal £75, while Barclays would equal £1500.

Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?

Barclays offers a more diverse selection of investment options than eToro. Barclays offers investors access to Advisor Services, ETFs, Funds, ISA, SIPP, Share Trading and Bonds - Government (Gilts). Investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, so finding a broker that offers every investment type you are interested in is important.

Which platform offers better research?

Our testing concluded that Barclays is better for research than eToro. Barclays offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.

Which trading platform is better?

To compare the trading platforms of both Barclays and eToro, we tested each broker's trading tools and share dealing app. All features compared, Barclays offers a better share dealing platform.

Overall winner: Barclays

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