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IG Group vs Barclays 2019

Steve Miley
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Is Barclays better than IG Group? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, Barclays is better than IG Group. Barclays is a reputable “one-stop shop” for share dealing and investments.

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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%
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 3.5
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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
26 152
Charting - Drawing Tools
19 14
Charting - Notes
Yes Yes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 4.5 4
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Research

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Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No Yes
Research - Funds
No Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
No No
Research - ETFs
No Yes
Research - Bonds
No Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
No Yes
Research 3 4
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Investments

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Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes Yes
Funds
No Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
No Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
No Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
Yes Yes
Banking Services
No Yes
Advisor Services
No No
Offering of Investments 4 4
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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 Yes
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes Yes
Education 4.5 4
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Overall

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Overall 4.5 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 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 is a better option with a 4.50 star rating over Barclays's 3.50 star rating.

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. Barclays trails IG Group by 5 total charting tools, with IG Group offering 19 and Barclays offering 14. Barclays offers its clients access to 152 different indicators (for example, volume) while IG Group has 26 available indicators, a difference of 126. Barclays alongside 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 Barclays and IG Group offer fund research reports.

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

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