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Saxo Capital Markets vs Charles Stanley Direct Review

Steve Miley
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Is Saxo Capital Markets better than Charles Stanley Direct? After scoring UK share dealing accounts in six areas for our 2019 review, Saxo Capital Markets is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Saxo Capital Markets provides a brilliant all-around share trading experience for UK residents. The fees for buying shares are not the cheapest; however, the SaxoTraderGO trading platform is excellent, and there’s an abundant selection of international products to trade.

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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
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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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3.5
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4.5
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2.5
After seven months and hundreds of hours of researching 12 different share dealing brokers, the UK.StockBrokers.com team collected thousands of data points. To focus on two brokers, we will now compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Saxo Capital Markets.

First, we will compare the fees charged for dealing in the UK. There are two primary fees: the cost to place each trade and the monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee charged which varies depending on the type and size of your portfolio. We researched both to provide a single star rating for cost. Both Charles Stanley Direct and Saxo Capital Markets are rated 3.50 stars.

Cost aside, we can now compare popular features and tools investors prefer. Access to the investments you want is important, and Saxo Capital Markets provides its clients with ISA and SIPP while Charles Stanley Direct provides clients access to ISA, ISA - Junior and SIPP. Next, some traders desire robust charting, so the number of drawing tools and total technical indicators made available, as well as stock alerts, are considered. Saxo Capital Markets boasts an offering of 17 charting tools compared to Charles Stanley Direct's 1 available charting tools. Charles Stanley Direct trails Saxo Capital Markets by 29 total different indicators (for example, moving averages), with Saxo Capital Markets offering 48 and Charles Stanley Direct offering 19. Charles Stanley Direct and Saxo Capital Markets both offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for researching funds while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Neither Charles Stanley Direct and Saxo Capital Markets offer fund research reports.

Overall, between Charles Stanley Direct and Saxo Capital Markets, Saxo Capital Markets 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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