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Interactive Investor vs Barclays 2020

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Is Interactive Investor better than Barclays? After scoring UK share dealing accounts in six areas for our 2019 review, Interactive Investor is better than Barclays. With Interactive Investor's Super Investor Plan, traders pay a low rate of £3.99 per trade on UK stocks and ETFs. Alongside great pricing, Interactive Investor offers brilliant fundamental research for stocks, funds, investment trusts, and ETFs. That said, no education is provided, and trading tools are lackluster.

Overall Rating

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Overall 4.5 4
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Trading Fees

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£7.99 £6.00
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£3.99 £6.00
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£3.99 £6.00
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
£119.88 0.2% (minimum £48)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£40.00 £6.00
ETFs - Fee
£7.99 £6.00
Investment Trusts - Fee
£7.99 £3.00
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£49.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 4.5 4
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes No
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
11 67
Charting - Drawing Tools
0 17
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes No
Platform & Tools 3 3.5
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Research

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

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
Yes Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Yes Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
Yes No
Advisor Services
No Yes
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
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Education

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Has Education - Share Trading
No Yes
Has Education - Funds
No Yes
Has Education - Retirement
No Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No Yes
Education 1 4.5

Overall

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Interactive Investor Review Barclays Review
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 Interactive Investor.

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. Interactive Investor is a better option with a 4.50 star rating over Barclays's 4.00 star rating.

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 - 1 trade per month, for a total of 12 trades per year. Barclays would charge £132 while Interactive Investor would charge £119.8.

Scenario 2 - 36 trades per year, or 3 trades per month. Interactive Investor charges £287.76 and Barclays charges £276.

Scenario 3 - 10 trades per month, for a total of 120 trades per year. Barclays would charge £780 while Interactive Investor would charge £622.92 .

Scenario 4 - 20 trades per month, for a total of 240 trades per year. Barclays would charge £1500 while Interactive Investor would charge £1101.72.

Cost aside, we can now compare popular features and tools investors prefer. Access to the investments you want is important, and Interactive Investor supports ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and Spread Betting while Barclays supports 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. Barclays offers its clients access to 17 charting tools while Interactive Investor has 0 charting tools, a difference of 17. Barclays offers its clients access to 67 different indicators (for example, volume) while Interactive Investor has 11 available indicators, a difference of 56. Barclays and Interactive Investor both offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Barclays alongside Interactive Investor offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Barclays and Interactive Investor, Interactive Investor is the winner.

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