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Fidelity International vs Barclays 2020

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Is Barclays better than Fidelity International? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, Barclays is better than Fidelity International. 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

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
Overall 3 4
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Trading Fees

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
N/A £6.00
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
N/A £6.00
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
N/A £6.00
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.35% 0.2% (minimum £48)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
N/A £6.00
ETFs - Fee
0.10% £6.00
Investment Trusts - Fee
0.10% £3.00
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£0.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 4
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes No
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
No Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
0 67
Charting - Drawing Tools
0 17
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
No No
Platform & Tools 2.5 3.5
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Research

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
Research - Shares
No Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
Yes Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Bonds
No Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 4 4.5
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Investments

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
Share Trading
No Yes
CFD Trading
No No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
No Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
No Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
No No
Advisor Services
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 3 3.5
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Education

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
Has Education - Share Trading
No Yes
Has Education - Funds
Yes Yes
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No Yes
Education 3.5 4.5

Overall

Feature Fidelity International Barclays
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Overall 3 4
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To find a right broker for share dealing, we spent seven months and hundreds of hours of assessing 12 different share dealing brokers based in the UK. Here, we will focus on two brokers and compare Barclays vs Fidelity International.

Our comparison begins with the fees charged for dealing shares in the UK and being a client. The two main charges to focus on include the cost to place each trade alongside the monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee charged (varies depending on the type and size of your portfolio). We researched both to provide a single star rating for cost. Barclays is a better option with a 4.00 star rating over Fidelity International's 3.50 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 - 12 trades per year, or 1 trade per month. Barclays charges £132 and Fidelity International charges .

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

Scenario 3 - 120 trades per year, or 10 trades per month. Barclays charges £780 and Fidelity International charges .

Scenario 4 - 240 trades per year, or 20 trades per month. Barclays charges £1500 and Fidelity International charges .

Account charges aside, we can now compare features and tools investors want in their share dealing accounts. Access to the investments is important, and Fidelity International provides its clients with ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and SIPP - Junior while Barclays provides clients access to ISA, SIPP and SIPP - Junior. Also, some investors require a high-quality charting experience, so the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available, as well as stock alerts, are considered. Barclays boasts an offering of 17 charting tools compared to Fidelity International's 0 available charting tools. Barclays boasts an offering of 67 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to Fidelity International's 0 available indicators. Barclays makes basic stock alerts available to clients, while Fidelity International does not. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Barclays and Fidelity International both offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Barclays and Fidelity International, Barclays is the winner.

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