Comparing online share dealing platforms side by side is no small task. For our 2022 review of U.K. brokers, nearly 600 data points were collected over a 10-week period and used to score each broker. Let’s compare Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor.
Fineco Bank vs Interactive Investor Comparison
For our 2022 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Fineco Bank vs Interactive Investor.
Is Fineco Bank a good broker?
For the price-conscious trader, FinecoBank is a solid share dealing option with a broad range of investment options; but educational materials and research reports are lacking.
Is Interactive Investor a good broker?
Interactive Investor is a solid option for investors looking for strong in-house recommendations for funds and well-put-together research reports. Fees, although lowered from last year, are still fairly high, especially considering the less-than-impressive platform, mobile app and tools available. Interactive Investor struggles to remain competitive with the best trading platforms in the U.K.
Which broker is less expensive?
Alongside the cost per trade, most UK online brokers also charge a monthly, quarterly, or annual management fee, which varies based on the account type and balance. Based on our thorough review, Fineco Bank offers better pricing than Interactive Investor for share dealing.
Assuming a £30,000 portfolio size, here are the total annual costs for share dealing with both brokers, given different monthly activity scenarios.
5 trades per year - Fineco Bank would cost £75 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £89.83 (Essentials plan) or £119.88 (Investor, Super Investor plans) per year.
12 trades per year - Fineco Bank would cost £35.4 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £131.76 (Essentials) or £119.88 (Investor, Super Investor) per year.
36 trades per year - Fineco Bank would cost £106.2 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £263.64 (Investor) or £287.76 (Super Investor) per year.
120 trades per year - Fineco Bank would cost £354 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £766.8 (Investor) or £622.92 (Super Investor) per year.
3 fund trades per year - Fineco Bank would cost £0.0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £0.0 per year.
How do Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor compare in terms of minimum deposits required?
Fineco Bank requires a minimum deposit of £0.0, while Interactive Investor requires a minimum deposit of £0.0. From our testing we found for accounts between £0 - £250,000 Fineco Bank charges annual custody fees of 0.25%, while Interactive Investor charges annual custody fees of £119.88 (Investor Plan - £9.99 monthly).
Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?
Fineco Bank offers investors access to ISA, Share Trading, CFD Trading, Funds, ETFs, Bonds - Corporate and Bonds - Government (Gilts), while Interactive Investor offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, Funds, ETFs, Bonds - Corporate, Bonds - Government (Gilts) and Investment Trusts. Neither have Spread Betting, Crypto Trading and Advisor Services. Investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes, so finding a broker that offers every investment type you are interested in is important.
Do Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor offer ISA or SIPP accounts?
Self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) and individual savings accounts (ISAs) are tax-advantaged savings accounts that are an important tool for many individual investors. You can read more about how these accounts operate at Gov.UK: Click here for SIPP information and here for ISA information. Our analysis finds that Fineco Bank offers traders access to ISA accounts, while Interactive Investor offers traders access to SIPP and ISA accounts.
Do Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor offer cryptocurrency?
In our analysis of top brokers for share dealing in the U.K., we research whether each broker offers the ability to trade cash cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin and ethereum, which is still a somewhat rare offering amongst major U.K. brokers. Our review finds that neither Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor offer crypto investing.
Which broker offers better research?
Our testing concluded that Interactive Investor is better for research than Fineco Bank. Interactive Investor offers more research options, including research reports, articles, and analyst ratings.
Which trading platform is better?
To compare the trading platforms of both Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor, we tested each broker's website, trading platform, trading tools and stock trading app. All features compared, our analysis finds that Fineco Bank offers a better share dealing platform and Fineco Bank offers a better stock app for mobile trading.
Do Fineco Bank and Interactive Investor offer educational resources?
Educational offerings are of particular importance to those who are newer to investing, and we examine the availability of several different types of educational materials in our analysis. Our research finds that Fineco Bank offers traders access to Client Webinars and Client Webinars (Archived), while Interactive Investor offers access to Education (Share Trading), Education (Funds) and Education (Retirement).
Overall winner: Fineco Bank
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