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Interactive Investor vs Barclays 2020

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Is Barclays better than Interactive Investor? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 40 different variables, 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. Interactive Investor offers brilliant fundamental research for stocks, funds, investment trusts, and ETFs. That said, limited 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 (£9.99 monthly) 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
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No Yes
Education 2.5 4.5

Overall

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
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Overall 4.5 4
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Our UK.StockBrokers.com team spent seven months and hundreds of hours assessing 12 different share dealing accounts for buying shares online in the UK. In total, 46 individual variables were assessed. For this review, we will compare Barclays vs Interactive Investor.

Which broker is cheaper: Barclays or Interactive Investor?

It's important to note that not only is there the cost to place the trade, but most share dealing brokers also charge a monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee depending on the type and size of your portfolio. We assessed 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.

1 Trade Per Month - Interactive Investor only charges £119.80 while Barclays charges £132.00.

3 Trades Per Month - Barclays is cheaper under this scenario. Barclays would cost £276.00 while Interactive Investor would cost £287.76.

10 Trades Per Month - Interactive Investor is the cheaper option. Fees with Interactive Investor would be £622.92 while fees with Barclays would be £780.00.

20 Trades Per Month - Interactive Investor costs less in this case. Interactive Investor charges £1,101.72 while Barclays charges £1,500.00.

The annual management fee for each broker, which is a percentage of total assets, is as follows under a £30,000 portfolio Barclays charges 0.2% (minimum £48) while Interactive Investor charges £119.88 (£9.99 monthly).

Does Barclays or Interactive Investor offer a wider range of investment options?

Interactive Investor offers a more diverse selection of investment options than Barclays. Interactive Investor offers investors access to ETFs, Funds, ISA, SIPP, Share Trading and Bonds - Government (Gilts). Investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, so finding a broker that offers every investment type you are interested in is important.

Is Barclays or Interactive Investor better for research?

Research helps traders analyze potential investments, examine market sentiment, and learn about companies on a high-level. Our testing concluded that Barclays is better for research than Interactive Investor. Barclays offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.

Which trading platform is better: Barclays or Interactive Investor?

To compare the trading platforms of both Barclays and Interactive Investor, we tested each broker's trading tools. Overall, Barclays offers a better experience. Looking at charting, Barclays boasts an offering of 17 charting tools compared to Interactive Investor's 0 available charting tools. Barclays boasts an offering of 67 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to Interactive Investor's 11 available indicators.

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

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/15/2020 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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