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IG vs Charles Stanley Direct 2019

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Is Charles Stanley Direct better than IG Group? After ranking 12 UK brokerages who all offer share dealing in our 2019 review, IG Group is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Founded in 1974 and respected as one of the most trusted brokers in the world, IG has been offering share dealing since 2014, providing traders low costs, quality trading tools, and access to over 9,000 shares across the globe.
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Overall Rating

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Overall 4.5 3
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Trading Fees

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Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
£8.00 £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
£5.00 £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
£5.00 £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
£96.00 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
N/A £11.50
ETFs - Fee
£8.00 £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
£8.00 £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£40.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 4.5 3.5
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Platforms & Tools

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Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
28 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
19 1
Charting - Notes
Yes No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
Yes No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 4.5 3
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Research

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Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
No No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
No No
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Bonds
No No
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
No Yes
Research 4 3
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Investments

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Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
No Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
No Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
Yes No
Advisor Services
No Yes
Offering of Investments 4 3.5
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Education

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Has Education - Share Trading
Yes No
Has Education - Funds
No No
Has Education - Retirement
No Yes
Client Webinars
Yes No
Client Webinars (Archived)
Yes No
Education 4 2.5

Overall

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Overall 4.5 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 IG Group.

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. IG Group received a rating of 4.50 stars over Charles Stanley Direct's 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 IG Group provides its clients with ISA, SIPP and Spread Betting while Charles Stanley Direct provides clients access to 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. IG Group offers its clients access to 19 charting tools while Charles Stanley Direct has 1 charting tools, a difference of 18. Charles Stanley Direct trails IG Group by 7 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with IG Group offering 26 and Charles Stanley Direct offering 19. Charles Stanley Direct and IG Group both offer basic stock alerts. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Neither Charles Stanley Direct and IG Group offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Charles Stanley Direct and IG Group, IG Group is the winner.

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