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Fidelity International vs Charles Stanley Direct 2020

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Is Charles Stanley Direct better than Fidelity International? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, is better than Fidelity International.

Overall Rating

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 3 3
Fidelity International Review Charles Stanley Direct Review

Trading Fees

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
N/A £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
N/A £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
N/A £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.35% 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
N/A £11.50
ETFs - Fee
0.10% £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
0.10% £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£0.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5

Platforms & Tools

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
No Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
0 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
0 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
No Yes
Platform & Tools 2.5 3

Research

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Research - Shares
No Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
Yes No
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Bonds
No No
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 4 3

Investments

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading
No Yes
CFD Trading
No No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
No Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
No Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
No No
Advisor Services
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 3 3.5

Education

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Has Education - Share Trading
No No
Has Education - Funds
Yes No
Has Education - Retirement
Yes Yes
Client Webinars
No No
Client Webinars (Archived)
No No
Education 3.5 2.5

Overall

Feature Fidelity International Charles Stanley Direct
Fidelity International Review Charles Stanley Direct Review
Overall 3 3
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 Charles Stanley Direct vs Fidelity International.

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. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Fidelity International share a rating of 3.50 stars.

Further breaking down costs, we analyzed four different trading scenarios. For all four scenarios, we are assuming a £30,000 portfolio for custody fees.

Scenario 1 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge the same for traders who trade 1 time per month, or 12 trades a year. Both brokers charge [Variable LT].

Scenario 2 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge [Variable LT] for accounts with £30,000 that trade 3 times per month.

Scenario 3 - If you make 10 trades a month, or 120 per year the fees with [Broker GT] wold be [Variable GT] and the fees with [Broker LT] would be [Variable LT].

Scenario 4 - Both [Broker GT] and [Broker LT] charge the same for traders who trade 20 times per month, or 240 times a year. Both brokers charge [Variable LT].

Account charges aside, we can now compare features and tools investors want in their share dealing accounts. Access to the investments is important, and Fidelity International offers clients ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and SIPP - Junior while Charles Stanley Direct offers ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP. 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. Charles Stanley Direct boasts an offering of 1 charting tools compared to Fidelity International's 0 available charting tools. Fidelity International trails Charles Stanley Direct by 19 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Charles Stanley Direct offering 19 and Fidelity International offering 0. Charles Stanley Direct offers basic stock alerts while Fidelity International does not. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Fidelity International makes fund research reports available to clients, while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

Overall, between Charles Stanley Direct and Fidelity International, is the winner.

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