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Halifax vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

After seven months and hundreds of hours of researching ten different share dealing brokers, the UK.StockBrokers.com team collected thousands of data points. To focus on two brokers, we will now compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Halifax.

First, we will compare the fees charged for dealing in the UK. There are two primary fees: the cost to place each trade and the monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee charged which varies depending on the type and size of your portfolio. We researched both to provide a single star rating for cost. Halifax received a rating of 4.00 stars over Charles Stanley Direct's 3.50 stars.

Cost aside, we can now compare popular features and tools investors prefer. Access to the investments you want is important, and Halifax offers clients ISA and SIPP while Charles Stanley Direct offers ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP. Next, some traders desire robust charting, so the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available, as well as stock alerts, are considered. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Halifax provide clients with access to 1 total charting tools. Halifax offers its clients access to 43 different indicators (for example, volume) while Charles Stanley Direct has 19 available indicators, a difference of 24. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Halifax offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Charles Stanley Direct nor Halifax offers fund research reports.

Overall, Halifax boasts 3.50 stars versus Charles Stanley Direct's 3.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, Halifax was rated Best in Class - Customer Service in 2017, while Charles Stanley Direct was rated none of these.
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Overall
Commissions & Fees
Offering of Investments
Platform & Tools
Research
Education
MobileTrading
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
ETFs - Fee
Investment Trusts - Fee
Telephone Dealing Fee*
Share Trading
CFD Trading
Funds
ETFs
Bonds - Corporate
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Investment Trusts
Spread Betting
Banking Services
Advisor Services
Advantage
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Web Platform
iPhone App
Android App
Stock Alerts
Charting - Indicators / Studies
Charting - Drawing Tools
Charting - Notes
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Charting - Stock Overlays
Advantage
Research - Shares
Research - CFDs
Research - Funds
Fund Research - Research Reports
Research - ETFs
Research - Bonds
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Advantage
Has Education - Share Trading
Has Education - Funds
Has Education - Retirement
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Advantage
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Halifax
Halifax Review
 
3.5
4
3.5
3
3.5
4
2.5
 
£12.50
£12.50
£12.50
£0.00
£25.00
£12.50
£12.50
£25.00
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
 
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
43
1
No
Yes
Yes
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Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
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Yes
Yes
No
No
No
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3.5
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Charles Stanley Direct
Charles Stanley Direct Review
 
3
3.5
3.5
3
3
2.5
3.5
 
£11.50
£11.50
£11.50
0.25%
£11.50
£11.50
£11.50
£25.00
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
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No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
19
1
No
No
Yes
 
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
 
No
No
Yes
No
No
 
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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/08/18 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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