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IG vs Barclays 2020

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Is IG better than Barclays? After scoring UK share dealing accounts in six areas for our 2019 review, IG is better than Barclays. IG delivers a winning share dealing experience by combining excellent trading tools and competitive commissions (£5.00 - £8.00 per trade) with a user-friendly mobile app. Our testing found that IG excels with its trading platform, which includes excellent charting, screening, and technical analysis features.
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Overall Rating

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Overall 4.5 4
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Trading Fees

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Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£8.00 £6.00
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£5.00 £6.00
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£5.00 £6.00
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
£96.00 0.2% (minimum £48)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
N/A £6.00
ETFs - Fee
£8.00 £6.00
Investment Trusts - Fee
£8.00 £3.00
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£40.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
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Platforms & Tools

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Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes No
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
28 67
Charting - Drawing Tools
19 17
Charting - Notes
Yes No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes No
Platform & Tools 4.5 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
Yes Yes
Research - Bonds
No Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
No Yes
Research 4 4.5
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Investments

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Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
No Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
No Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
Yes No
Advisor Services
No Yes
Offering of Investments 4 3.5
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Education

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Has Education - Share Trading
Yes Yes
Has Education - Funds
No Yes
Has Education - Retirement
No Yes
Client Webinars
Yes No
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Education 4 4.5

Overall

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Overall 4.5 4
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After seven months and hundreds of hours of researching 12 different share dealing brokers, the UK.StockBrokers.com team collected thousands of data points. To focus on two brokers, we will now compare Barclays vs IG.

First, we will compare the fees charged for dealing in the UK. There are two primary fees: the cost to place each trade and the monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee charged which varies depending on the type and size of your portfolio. We researched both to provide a single star rating for cost. IG received a rating of 4.50 stars over Barclays's 4.00 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 - 12 trades per year, or 1 trade per month. IG charges £96 and Barclays charges £132.

Scenario 2 - If you make 3 trades a month, or 36 per year, the fees with IG wold be £288 and the fees with Barclays would be £276.

Scenario 3 - 10 trades per month, for a total of 120 trades per year. Barclays would charge £780 while IG would charge £600.

Scenario 4 - 20 trades per month, for a total of 240 trades per year. Barclays would charge £1500 while IG would charge £1200.

Cost aside, we can now compare popular features and tools investors prefer. Access to the investments you want is important, and IG offers clients ISA, SIPP and Spread Betting while Barclays offers ISA, SIPP and SIPP - Junior. Next, some traders desire robust charting, so the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available, as well as stock alerts, are considered. IG boasts an offering of 19 charting tools compared to Barclays's 17 available charting tools. IG trails Barclays by 39 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Barclays offering 67 and IG offering 28. Barclays and IG both offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Barclays has fund research reports, IG doesn't.

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

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/15/2020 and is believed to be accurate, but is not guaranteed. The UK.StockBrokers.com staff is constantly working with its online broker representatives to obtain the latest pricing data. If you believe any data listed above is inaccurate, please contact us using the link at the bottom of this page.

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