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Hargreaves Lansdown vs Charles Stanley Direct 2019

Steve Miley
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Is Charles Stanley Direct better than Hargreaves Lansdown? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, Hargreaves Lansdown is better than Charles Stanley Direct. While Hargreaves Lansdown provides clients a rich offering of investments and services, its trading platform and education area struggle to justify the high commissions and fees charged.

Overall Rating

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 4 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 3.5 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
20 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
1 1
Charting - Notes
No No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 3.5 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 3
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Investments

Feature Hargreaves Lansdown Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
Yes Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Yes Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
Yes No
Banking Services
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
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Overall

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Overall 4 3
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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 Hargreaves Lansdown.

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 Hargreaves Lansdown are rated 3.50 stars.

Account charges aside, we can now compare features and tools investors want in their share dealing accounts. Access to the investments is important, and Hargreaves Lansdown supports ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP, SIPP - Junior and Spread Betting while Charles Stanley Direct supports 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. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Hargreaves Lansdown provide clients with access to 1 total charting tools. Hargreaves Lansdown boasts an offering of 20 different indicators (for example, moving averages) compared to Charles Stanley Direct's 19 available indicators. Charles Stanley Direct alongside Hargreaves Lansdown offer basic stock alerts. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Hargreaves Lansdown offers fund research reports while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

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

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