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Barclays vs Halifax 2020

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Is Barclays better than Halifax? After scoring the best share dealing accounts across 46 different variables, Barclays is better than Halifax. 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 Halifax
Overall 4 3.5
Barclays Review Halifax Review

Trading Fees

Feature Barclays Halifax
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £12.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£6.00 £12.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£6.00 £12.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000
0.2% (minimum £48) 0%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£6.00 £25.00
ETFs - Fee
£6.00 £12.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
£3.00 £12.50
Telephone Dealing Fee
£25.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 4 3
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Barclays Halifax
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No No
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
67 83
Charting - Drawing Tools
15 17
Charting - Notes
Yes Yes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
No No
Platform & Tools 4 3.5
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Research

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

Feature Barclays Halifax
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 4
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Education

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

Overall

Feature Barclays Halifax
Barclays Review Halifax Review
Overall 4 3.5
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For our 2020 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Barclays vs Halifax.

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, Barclays offers better pricing than Halifax 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 - Barclays is cheaper. Barclays would only cost £132 each year while Halifax would cost £150.

3 Trades Per Month - Barclays is less expensive under this scenario. Barclays would cost £276 per year while Halifax would cost £450.

10 Trades Per Month - Barclays is the better choice. Annual fees with Barclays would total £780, while annual fees with Halifax would be £1500.

20 Trades Per Month - Barclays costs less in this scenario. Total annual costs with Barclays would equal £1500, while Halifax would equal £3000.

Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?

Halifax offers a more diverse selection of investment options than Barclays. Halifax 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 Halifax. 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 Halifax, we tested each broker's trading tools and share dealing app. All features compared, Barclays offers a better share dealing platform.

Overall, between Barclays and Halifax, Barclays is the winner.

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