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 Saxo Markets and Capital.com.
Saxo Markets vs Capital.com Comparison
For our 2022 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Saxo Markets vs Capital.com.
Is Saxo Markets a good broker?
Saxo Markets offers a well-functioning platform with an array of investment opportunities featuring over 30,000 international products to trade across 40 global exchanges. The one downside is pricing, which is high.
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.
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 Saxo Markets 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 - Saxo Markets would cost £142 per year, while Capital.com would cost £0 per year.
12 trades per year - Saxo Markets would cost £198 per year, while Capital.com would cost £0 per year.
36 trades per year - Saxo Markets would cost £390 per year, while Capital.com would cost £0 per year.
120 trades per year - Saxo Markets would cost £1062 per year, while Capital.com would cost £0 per year.
3 fund trades per year - Saxo Markets would cost £500.0 per year, while Capital.com would cost £0.0 per year.
How do Saxo Markets and Capital.com compare in terms of minimum deposits required?
Saxo Markets requires a minimum deposit of £500.0, while Capital.com requires a minimum deposit of £0.0. From our testing we found for accounts between £0 - £250,000 Saxo Markets charges annual custody fees of 0.12% (min. €120 or £ equivalent), while Capital.com charges annual custody fees of £0.
Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?
Saxo Markets offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, CFD Trading, Funds, ETFs, Bonds - Corporate, Bonds - Government (Gilts) and Investment Trusts, while Capital.com offers investors access to Share Trading, CFD Trading and Spread Betting. 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 Saxo Markets and Capital.com 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 Saxo Markets offers traders access to SIPP and ISA accounts, while Capital.com offers traders access to neither of these accounts.
Do Saxo Markets and Capital.com 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 Saxo Markets and Capital.com offer crypto investing.
Which broker offers better research?
Our testing concluded that Saxo Markets is better for research than Capital.com. Saxo Markets offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.
Which trading platform is better?
To compare the trading platforms of both Saxo Markets and Capital.com, we tested each broker's website, trading platform, trading tools and stock trading app. All features compared, our analysis finds that Saxo Markets offers a better share dealing platform and Saxo Markets offers a better stock app for mobile trading.
Do Saxo Markets and Capital.com 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 both Saxo Markets and Capital.com offer Client Webinars, Client Webinars (Archived) and Education (Share Trading). Neither have Education (Funds) and Education (Retirement).
Overall winner: Saxo Markets
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