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Hargreaves Lansdown vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Our UK.StockBrokers.com team spent seven months and hundreds of hours assessing ten 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 Hargreaves Lansdown.

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. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Hargreaves Lansdown are rated 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 Hargreaves Lansdown supports ISA, ISA - Junior, SIPP, SIPP - Junior and Spread Betting 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 brokers offer clients access to the same number of charting tools, 1. Hargreaves Lansdown offers its clients access to 20 different indicators (for example, volume) while Charles Stanley Direct has 19 available indicators, a difference of 1. Charles Stanley Direct and Hargreaves Lansdown both offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Hargreaves Lansdown offers fund research reports while Charles Stanley Direct does not.

Overall, Hargreaves Lansdown takes the upper hand with 4.00 stars over Charles Stanley Direct's 3.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, Hargreaves Lansdown was rated Best in Class - Offering of Investments and 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
Overall
Advantage
Hargreaves Lansdown
Hargreaves Lansdown Review
 
4
3.5
4.5
3.5
4
3.5
3.5
 
£11.95
£8.95
£5.95
0.45%
£11.95
£11.95
£11.95
£20.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
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No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
20
1
No
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
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4
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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
 
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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