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Hargreaves Lansdown vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Is Charles Stanley Direct better than Hargreaves Lansdown? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 100 different variables, 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.

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Overall

Trading Fees

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*
Commissions & Fees
Winner

Platforms & Tools

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
Platform & Tools
Winner

Research

Research - Shares
Research - CFDs
Research - Funds
Fund Research - Research Reports
Research - ETFs
Research - Bonds
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Research
Winner

Investments

Share Trading
CFD Trading
Funds
ETFs
Bonds - Corporate
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Investment Trusts
Spread Betting
Banking Services
Advisor Services
Offering of Investments
Winner

Education

Has Education - Share Trading
Has Education - Funds
Has Education - Retirement
Client Webinars
Client Webinars (Archived)
Education
Winner

Overall

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Winner
 
£11.95
£8.95
£5.95
0.45%
£11.95
£11.95
£11.95
£20.00
3.5
 
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Yes
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Yes
Yes
20
1
No
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Yes
3.5
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
4.5
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Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
3.5
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£11.50
£11.50
£11.50
0.25%
£11.50
£11.50
£11.50
£25.00
3.5
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No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
19
1
No
No
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3
 
Yes
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No
No
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3
 
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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No
No
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3.5
 
No
No
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No
No
2.5
 
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 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. Charles Stanley Direct trails Hargreaves Lansdown by 1 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Hargreaves Lansdown offering 20 and Charles Stanley Direct offering 19. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Hargreaves Lansdown 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, 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 01/08/18 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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