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Interactive Investor vs Barclays 2020

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Is Barclays better than Interactive Investor? After scoring the best share dealing accounts across 46 different variables, Interactive Investor is better than Barclays. Interactive Investor is a good choice for investors who desire research reports and in-house recommendations for funds. Costs struggle to remain competitive for fund traders and active share dealers.

Overall Rating

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

Feature Interactive Investor Barclays
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£7.99 (Investor Plan) £6.00
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£3.99 (Super Investor Plan) £6.00
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£3.99 (Super Investor Plan) £6.00
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000
£119.88 (Investor Plan - £9.99 monthly) 0.2% (minimum £48)
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£40 (when trade value is above £100,000) £6.00
ETFs - Fee
£7.99 (Investor Plan) £6.00
Investment Trusts - Fee
£7.99 (Investor Plan) £3.00
Telephone Dealing Fee
£49.00 £25.00

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 15
Charting - Notes
No Yes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes No

Research

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

Investments

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

Education

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

Overall

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

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, Barclays offers better pricing than Interactive Investor 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 - Interactive Investor is cheaper. Interactive Investor would only cost £119.80 each year while Barclays would cost £132.00.

3 Trades Per Month - Barclays is less expensive under this scenario. Barclays would cost £276.00 per year while Interactive Investor would cost £287.76.

10 Trades Per Month - Interactive Investor is the better choice. Annual fees with Interactive Investor would total £622.92, while annual fees with Barclays would be £780.00.

20 Trades Per Month - Interactive Investor costs less in this scenario. Total annual costs with Interactive Investor would equal £1,101.72, while Barclays would equal £1,500.00.

Which broker offers 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.

Which platform offers better research?

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?

To compare the trading platforms of both Barclays and Interactive Investor, we tested each broker's trading tools and share dealing app. All features compared, Barclays offers a better share dealing platform.

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

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