Comparing online share dealing platforms side by side is no small task. For our 2022 review of U.K. brokers, nearly 600 data points were collected over a 10-week period and used to score each broker. Let’s compare Capital.com and Interactive Investor.
Capital.com vs Interactive Investor Comparison
For our 2022 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Capital.com vs Interactive Investor.
Is Capital.com a good broker?
Although previously better known for its CFD trading platform, Capital.com has branched out to offer direct investing and trading in shares. They offer the lowest fees on our in-depth analysis with zero commissions and no “hidden” charges either. Although this is clearly attractive to many investors and particularly more active traders, the limited offering of investment options and the absence of a web-based or desktop trading platform means that Capital.com falls short for any investor or trader looking for the complete package.
Is Interactive Investor a good broker?
Interactive Investor is a solid option for investors looking for strong in-house recommendations for funds and well-put-together research reports. Fees, although lowered from last year, are still fairly high, especially considering the less-than-impressive platform, mobile app and tools available. Interactive Investor struggles to remain competitive with the best trading platforms in the U.K.
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, Capital.com 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.
5 trades per year - Capital.com would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £89.83 (Essentials plan) or £119.88 (Investor, Super Investor plans) per year.
12 trades per year - Capital.com would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £131.76 (Essentials) or £119.88 (Investor, Super Investor) per year.
36 trades per year - Capital.com would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £263.64 (Investor) or £287.76 (Super Investor) per year.
120 trades per year - Capital.com would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £766.8 (Investor) or £622.92 (Super Investor) per year.
3 fund trades per year - Capital.com would cost £0.0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £0.0 per year.
How do Capital.com and Interactive Investor compare in terms of minimum deposits required?
Capital.com requires a minimum deposit of £0.0, while Interactive Investor requires a minimum deposit of £0.0. From our testing we found for accounts between £0 - £250,000 Capital.com charges annual custody fees of £0, while Interactive Investor charges annual custody fees of £119.88 (Investor Plan - £9.99 monthly).
Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?
Capital.com offers investors access to Share Trading, CFD Trading and Spread Betting, while Interactive Investor offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, Funds, ETFs, Bonds - Corporate, Bonds - Government (Gilts) and Investment Trusts. Neither have Crypto Trading and Advisor Services. Investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, so finding a broker that offers every investment type you are interested in is important.
Do Capital.com and Interactive Investor offer ISA or SIPP accounts?
Self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and individual savings accounts (ISAs) are tax-advantaged savings accounts that are an important tool for many individual investors. You can read more about how these accounts operate at Gov.UK: Click here for SIPP information and here for ISA information. Our analysis finds that Capital.com offers traders access to neither of these accounts, while Interactive Investor offers traders access to SIPP and ISA accounts.
Do Capital.com and Interactive Investor offer cryptocurrency?
In our analysis of top brokers for share dealing in the U.K., we research whether each broker offers the ability to trade cash cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin and ethereum, which is still a somewhat rare offering amongst major U.K. brokers. Our review finds that neither Capital.com and Interactive Investor offer crypto investing.
Which broker offers better research?
Our testing concluded that Interactive Investor is better for research than Capital.com. Interactive Investor offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.
Which trading platform is better?
To compare the trading platforms of both Capital.com and Interactive Investor, we tested each broker's website, trading platform, trading tools and stock trading app. All features compared, our analysis finds that Interactive Investor offers a better share dealing platform and Capital.com offers a better stock app for mobile trading.
Do Capital.com and Interactive Investor offer educational resources?
Educational offerings are of particular importance to those who are newer to investing, and we examine the availability of several different types of educational materials in our analysis. Our research finds that Capital.com offers traders access to Client Webinars, Client Webinars (Archived) and Education (Share Trading), while Interactive Investor offers access to Education (Share Trading), Education (Funds) and Education (Retirement).
Overall winner: Capital.com
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