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IG Group vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley
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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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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
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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
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Research

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

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

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

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Low-cost US and UK shares. Foreign exchange fee of just 0.5% Visit Site
£8.00
£5.00
£5.00
£96.00
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£8.00
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£40.00
4.5
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26
19
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4.5
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4.5
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£11.50
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£25.00
3.5
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19
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3.5
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2.5
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 supports ISA, SIPP 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. IG Group offers its clients access to 19 charting tools while Charles Stanley Direct has 1 charting tools, a difference of 18. IG Group offers its clients access to 26 different indicators (for example, volume) while Charles Stanley Direct has 19 available indicators, a difference of 7. 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. Charles Stanley Direct nor IG Group offers fund research reports.

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

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