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Halifax vs Charles Stanley Direct 2019

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Is Charles Stanley Direct better than Halifax? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 100 different variables, Halifax is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Halifax Share Dealing provides clients with a variety of tools for trading and research. And fees are low when using a regular investment plan.

Overall Rating

Feature Halifax Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 3.5 3
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Trading Fees

Feature Halifax Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£12.50 £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£12.50 £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£12.50 £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
£0 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£25.00 £11.50
ETFs - Fee
£12.50 £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
£12.50 £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£25.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 3 3.5
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Halifax Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
No Yes
Android App
No No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
91 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
17 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
No Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 3
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Research

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

Feature Halifax Charles Stanley Direct
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
Yes Yes
Offering of Investments 4 3.5
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Education

Feature Halifax Charles Stanley Direct
Has Education - Share Trading
Yes 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

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Overall 3.5 3
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Our UK.StockBrokers.com team spent seven months and hundreds of hours assessing 12 different share dealing accounts for buying shares online in the UK. In total, 124 individual variables were assessed. For this review, we will compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Halifax.

To start this comparison, first, we will take a look at the fees charged for dealing in the UK. It's important to note that not only is there the cost to place the trade, but most share dealing brokers also charge a monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee depending on the type and size of your portfolio. We assessed 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 turn our focus to popular tools and features investors prefer in the UK. Account access is certainly at the top of the list, and Halifax supports ISA and SIPP while Charles Stanley Direct supports ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP. Looking at charting, the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available are important as well as stock alerts. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Halifax provide clients with access to 1 total charting tools. Charles Stanley Direct trails Halifax by 24 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Halifax offering 43 and Charles Stanley Direct offering 19. Charles Stanley Direct alongside Halifax offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Charles Stanley Direct nor Halifax offers fund research reports.

Overall, between Charles Stanley Direct and Halifax, Halifax is the winner.

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