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IG vs Barclays 2020

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Is Barclays better than IG? After scoring the best share dealing accounts across 46 different variables, IG is better than Barclays. Depending on trading frequency, IG can quickly become one of the cheapest share dealing options available, offering trades that range between £3 - £8 for UK markets, and £0 - £10 for U.S. markets. Our testing found that IG, our top broker for share dealing in 2020, excels with its trading platform, featuring excellent charting, screening, and technical analysis features.

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Overall Rating

Feature IG Barclays
Overall 4.5 4
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
Platform & Tools 4.5 4
Research 4 4.5
Education 4 4.5
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Trading Fees

Feature IG Barclays
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£3 to £8 £6.00
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£3.00 £6.00
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£3.00 £6.00
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000
£96 (can reduce by trading) 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

Platforms & Tools

Feature IG Barclays
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes No
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
30 67
Charting - Drawing Tools
19 15
Charting - Notes
Yes Yes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes No

Research

Feature IG Barclays
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
Yes No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
No Yes
Research - ETFs
Yes Yes
Research - Bonds
No Yes
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
No Yes

Investments

Feature IG Barclays
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

Education

Feature IG Barclays
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

Overall

Feature IG Barclays
Overall 4.5 4
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
Platform & Tools 4.5 4
Research 4 4.5
Education 4 4.5
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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 IG.

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, IG offers better pricing than Barclays 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 - IG is cheaper. IG would only cost £96 each year while Barclays would cost £132.

3 Trades Per Month - IG is less expensive under this scenario. IG would cost £108 per year while Barclays would cost £276.

10 Trades Per Month - IG is the better choice. Annual fees with IG would total £360, while annual fees with Barclays would be £780.

20 Trades Per Month - IG costs less in this scenario. Total annual costs with IG would equal £720, while Barclays would equal £1500.

Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?

IG offers a more diverse selection of investment options than Barclays. IG offers investors access to ETFs, Funds, ISA, SIPP and Share 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 platform offers better research?

Our testing concluded that Barclays is better for research than IG. 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 IG, we tested each broker's trading tools and share dealing app. All features compared, IG offers a better share dealing platform.

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

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