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Interactive Investor vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley

Published by Steve Miley


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

To find a right broker for share dealing, we spent seven months and hundreds of hours of assessing ten different share dealing brokers based in the UK. Here, we will focus on two brokers and compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Interactive Investor.

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. Interactive Investor received a rating of 4.00 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 Interactive Investor supports ISA, ISA - Junior, 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. Interactive Investor trails Charles Stanley Direct by 1 total charting tools, with Charles Stanley Direct offering 1 and Interactive Investor offering 0. Interactive Investor trails Charles Stanley Direct by 8 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Charles Stanley Direct offering 19 and Interactive Investor offering 11. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Interactive Investor offer basic stock alerts. Lastly, for researching mutual funds while share dealing, being able to view a research report can be helpful. Interactive Investor has fund research reports, Charles Stanley Direct doesn't.

Overall, Interactive Investor boasts 4.50 stars versus Charles Stanley Direct's 3.00 stars. And, when it comes to individual category awards, Interactive Investor finished with awards Best in Class - Research and Best in Class - Education in 2017, while Charles Stanley Direct came up with 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
Interactive Investor
Interactive Investor Review
 
4.5
4
4
3.5
4.5
4
4
 
£10.00
£6.00
£6.00
£90
£10.00
£10.00
£10.00
£40.00
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
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No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
11
0
No
No
Yes
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Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Yes
Yes
No
No
No
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4.5
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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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