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IG Group vs Barclays Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

To find a right broker for share dealing, we spent seven months and hundreds of hours of assessing ten different share dealing brokers based in the UK. Here, we will focus on two brokers and compare Barclays vs IG Group.

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. IG Group's score is 4.50 stars versus Barclays's 3.50 stars.

Account charges aside, we can now compare features and tools investors want in their share dealing accounts. Access to the investments is important, and IG Group offers clients ISA, SIPP and Spread Betting while Barclays offers ISA, SIPP, SIPP - Junior and Spread Betting. 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. IG Group boasts an offering of 19 charting tools compared to Barclays's 14 available charting tools. IG Group trails Barclays by 126 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Barclays offering 152 and IG Group offering 26. Both Barclays and IG Group offer basic stock alerts. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Neither offers fund research reports.

Overall, IG Group boasts 4.50 stars versus Barclays's 4.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, IG Group was rated Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Mobile Trading and Best in Class - Education in 2017, while Barclays was rated Best in Class - Offering of Investments, Best in Class - Platforms & Tools, Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Education.
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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platform & Tools
Research
Education
MobileTrading
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
ETFs - Fee
Investment Trusts - Fee
Telephone Dealing Fee*
Share Trading
CFD Trading
Funds
ETFs
Bonds - Corporate
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Investment Trusts
Spread Betting
Banking Services
Advisor Services
Advantage
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
iPhone App
Android App
Stock Alerts
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Notes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Charting - Stock Overlays
Advantage
Research - Shares
Research - CFDs
Research - Funds
Fund Research - Research Reports
Research - ETFs
Research - Bonds
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Advantage
Has Education - Share Trading
Has Education - Funds
Has Education - Retirement
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Advantage
Overall
Advantage
IG Group
IG Group Review
 
4.5
4.5
4
4.5
3
4.5
4.5
 
£8.00
£5.00
£5.00
£96.00
N/A
£8.00
£8.00
£40.00
 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
26
19
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
No
No
No
No
No
No
 
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
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4.5
Barclays
Barclays Review
 
4
3.5
4
4
4
4
3.5
 
£6.00
£6.00
£6.00
0.2%
£6.00
£6.00
£3.00
£25.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
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No
Yes
No
No
Yes
152
14
Yes
No
Yes
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/08/18 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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