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 Freetrade and Interactive Investor.
Freetrade vs Interactive Investor Comparison
For our 2022 Review, we assessed the best trading platforms in the UK for online share dealing. Let's compare Freetrade vs Interactive Investor.
Is Freetrade a good broker?
Freetrade's commission-free model allows trading of fractional shares with a user-friendly mobile trading app, and the educational offering is of good quality. Research and range of investments are limited, however, and its online trading platform is still in beta and not available to all customers.
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, Freetrade 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 - Freetrade would cost N/A per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £89.83 (Essentials plan) or £119.88 (Investor, Super Investor plans) per year.
12 trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £131.76 (Essentials) or £119.88 (Investor, Super Investor) per year.
36 trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £263.64 (Investor) or £287.76 (Super Investor) per year.
120 trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £766.8 (Investor) or £622.92 (Super Investor) per year.
3 fund trades per year - Freetrade would cost £0.0 per year, while Interactive Investor would cost £0.0 per year.
How do Freetrade and Interactive Investor compare in terms of minimum deposits required?
Freetrade 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 Freetrade charges annual custody fees of £0, while Interactive Investor charges annual custody fees of £119.88 (Investor Plan - £9.99 monthly).
Which broker offers a wider range of investment options?
Freetrade offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, ETFs and Investment Trusts, while Interactive Investor offers investors access to ISA, SIPP, Share Trading, Funds, ETFs, Bonds - Corporate, Bonds - Government (Gilts) and Investment Trusts. Neither have CFD Trading, 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 Freetrade 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 Both Freetrade and Interactive Investor offer SIPP and ISA accounts.
Do Freetrade 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 Freetrade and Interactive Investor offer crypto investing.
Which broker offers better research?
Our testing concluded that Interactive Investor is better for research than Freetrade. 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 Freetrade and Interactive Investor, we tested each broker's website, trading platform, trading tools and stock trading app. All features compared, our analysis finds that Interactive Investor offers a better share dealing platform and Freetrade offers a better stock app for mobile trading.
Do Freetrade 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 Freetrade offers traders access to Education (Share Trading) and Education (Retirement), while Interactive Investor offers access to Education (Share Trading), Education (Funds) and Education (Retirement). Neither have Client Webinars and Client Webinars (Archived).
Overall winner: Freetrade
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