Freetrade vs Barclays Comparison
For our 2022 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Freetrade vs Barclays.
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, Freetrade offers better pricing than Interactive Brokers 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.
5 trades per year - Freetrade would cost N/A per year, while Barclays would cost £60 per year.
12 trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0 per year, while Barclays would cost £102 per year.
36 trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0 per year, while Barclays would cost £246 per year.
120 trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0 per year, while Barclays would cost £750 per year.
3 fund trades per year - Freetrade would cost N/A per year, while Barclays would cost £59 per year.
Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?
Freetrade offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, ETFs and Investment Trusts, while Barclays offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, Funds, ETFs, Bonds - Corporate, Bonds - Government (Gilts), Investment Trusts and Advisor Services, neither have CFD Trading, Spread Betting and Crypto Trading. Investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, so finding a broker that offers every investment type you are interested in is important.
Which broker offers better research?
Our testing concluded that Interactive Brokers is better for research than Freetrade. Interactive Brokers offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.
Which trading platform is better?
To compare the trading platforms of both Freetrade and Barclays, we tested each broker's website, trading platform, trading tools and stock trading app. All features compared, Interactive Brokers offers a better share dealing platform and Interactive Brokers offers a better stock app for mobile trading.
Overall winner: Interactive Brokers
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