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Saxo Markets vs Charles Stanley Direct 2020

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Is Charles Stanley Direct better than Saxo Markets? After scoring UK share dealing accounts on over 40 different variables, Saxo Markets is better than Charles Stanley Direct. Saxo Markets offers UK residents an excellent share dealing experience by combining the brilliant SaxoTraderGO web platform with over 30,000 international products to trade across 36 international exchanges. While Saxo Markets trails discount competitors in pricing, overall, it is our top broker for share dealing in 2019.

Overall Rating

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
Overall 5 3
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Trading Fees

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading: 0-9 Deals/ Month
0.10% (£8 min) £11.50
Share Trading: 10-19 Deals/ Month
0.10% (£8 min) £11.50
Share Trading: 20+ Deals/ Month
0.10% (£8 min) £11.50
Annual Custody Fee: £0 - £250,000*
0.12% (min. €120 or £ equivalent) 0.25%
Bonds - Government (Gilts) - Fee
0.20% (min. £72) £11.50
ETFs - Fee
0.10% (£8 min) £11.50
Investment Trusts - Fee
0.10% (£8 min) £11.50
Telephone Dealing Fee*
£50.00 £25.00
Commissions & Fees 3.5 3.5
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Platforms & Tools

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
Desktop Platform (Windows)
Yes No
Web Platform
Yes Yes
iPhone App
Yes Yes
Android App
Yes No
Stock Alerts
Yes Yes
Charting - Indicators / Studies
49 19
Charting - Drawing Tools
17 1
Charting - Notes
Yes No
Charting - Display Corporate Events
No No
Charting - Stock Overlays
Yes Yes
Platform & Tools 5 3
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Research

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
Research - Shares
Yes Yes
Research - CFDs
Yes No
Research - Funds
Yes Yes
Fund Research - Research Reports
No No
Research - ETFs
Yes No
Research - Bonds
Yes No
Portfolio Allocation Breakdown
Yes Yes
Research 4.5 3
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Investments

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
Share Trading
Yes Yes
CFD Trading
Yes No
Funds
Yes Yes
ETFs
Yes Yes
Bonds - Corporate
Yes Yes
Bonds - Government (Gilts)
Yes Yes
Investment Trusts
Yes Yes
Spread Betting
No No
Advisor Services
No Yes
Offering of Investments 4.5 3.5
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Education

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
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 3.5 2.5

Overall

Feature Saxo Markets Charles Stanley Direct
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Overall 5 3
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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, 46 individual variables were assessed. For this review, we will compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Saxo Markets.

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 Saxo Markets are rated 3.50 stars.

Further breaking down costs, we analyzed four different trading scenarios. For all four scenarios, we are assuming a £30,000 portfolio for custody fees.

Scenario 1 - 1 trade per month, for a total of 12 trades per year. Saxo Markets would charge £204 while Charles Stanley Direct would charge .

Scenario 2 - 36 trades per year, or 3 trades per month. Saxo Markets charges £396 and Charles Stanley Direct charges .

Scenario 3 - If you make 10 trades a month, or 120 per year, the fees with Saxo Markets wold be £1068 and the fees with Charles Stanley Direct would be .

Scenario 4 - 240 trades per year, or 20 trades per month. Saxo Markets charges £2028 and Charles Stanley Direct charges .

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 Saxo Markets supports ISA and SIPP 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. Saxo Markets offers its clients access to 17 charting tools while Charles Stanley Direct has 1 charting tools, a difference of 16. Saxo Markets offers its clients access to 49 different indicators (for example, volume) while Charles Stanley Direct has 19 available indicators, a difference of 30. Charles Stanley Direct and Saxo Markets both offer basic stock alerts. Finally, for conducting research while share dealing, having access to mutual fund research reports is also helpful. Neither offers fund research reports.

Overall, between Charles Stanley Direct and Saxo Markets, Saxo Markets is the winner.

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All pricing data was obtained from a published web site as of 01/15/2020 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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