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Interactive Investor vs Barclays Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

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

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Overall

Trading Fees

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*
Commissions & Fees
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Platforms & Tools

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
Platform & Tools
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Research

Research - Shares
Research - CFDs
Research - Funds
Fund Research - Research Reports
Research - ETFs
Research - Bonds
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Research
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Investments

Share Trading
CFD Trading
Funds
ETFs
Bonds - Corporate
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Investment Trusts
Spread Betting
Banking Services
Advisor Services
Offering of Investments
Winner

Education

Has Education - Share Trading
Has Education - Funds
Has Education - Retirement
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Education
Winner

Overall

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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 Interactive Investor.

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. Interactive Investor received a rating of 4.00 stars over 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 Interactive Investor offers clients ISA, ISA - Junior, 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 offers its clients access to 14 charting tools while Interactive Investor has 0 charting tools, a difference of 14. Barclays offers its clients access to 152 different indicators (for example, volume) while Interactive Investor has 11 available indicators, a difference of 141. Barclays and Interactive Investor both offer basic stock alerts. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Interactive Investor has fund research reports, Barclays doesn't.

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

Barclays Review
Interactive Investor Review

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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