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Hargreaves Lansdown vs Charles Stanley Direct 2020

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Is Hargreaves Lansdown better than Charles Stanley Direct? After scoring UK share dealing accounts in six areas for our 2019 review, Hargreaves Lansdown is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Hargreaves Lansdown provides a thorough selection of investment options, high-quality research (some of which is in-house), alongside an excellent mobile app. Conversely, pricing is expensive, and charting tools, as well as educational resources, are just average.

Overall Rating

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 4.5 3
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Trading Fees

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£11.95 £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£8.95 £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£5.95 £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.45% 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
£11.95 £11.50
ETFs - Fee
£11.95 £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
£11.95 £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£20.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 3 3.5
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
No No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
26 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
1 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 4 3
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Research

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
Yes No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
Yes No
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Bonds
Yes No
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 4.5 3
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Investments

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown 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 4.5 3.5
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Education

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown 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

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
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Overall 4.5 3
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After seven months and hundreds of hours of researching 12 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 Hargreaves Lansdown.

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. Charles Stanley Direct received a rating of 3.50 stars over Hargreaves Lansdown's 3.00 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 - 12 trades per year, or 1 trade per month. Hargreaves Lansdown charges £278.40 and Charles Stanley Direct charges .

Scenario 2 - 3 trades per month, for a total of 36 trades per year. Hargreaves Lansdown would charge £565.20 while Charles Stanley Direct would charge .

Scenario 3 - 10 trades per month, for a total of 120 trades per year. Hargreaves Lansdown would charge £1209 while Charles Stanley Direct would charge .

Scenario 4 - 240 trades per year, or 20 trades per month. Hargreaves Lansdown charges £1563 and Charles Stanley Direct charges .

Cost aside, we can now compare popular features and tools investors prefer. Access to the investments you want is important, and Hargreaves Lansdown supports ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP and SIPP - Junior while Charles Stanley Direct supports 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 Hargreaves Lansdown provide clients with access to 1 total charting tools. Hargreaves Lansdown boasts an offering of 26 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to Charles Stanley Direct's 19 available indicators. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Hargreaves Lansdown offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Hargreaves Lansdown has fund research reports, Charles Stanley Direct doesn't.

Overall, between Charles Stanley Direct and Hargreaves Lansdown, Hargreaves Lansdown is the winner.

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/15/2020 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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