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Lloyds Bank Review

Lloyds Bank can deliver value to the passive fund trader, who places a few fund trades each year and requires little research. Outside of this customer mold, Lloyds quickly becomes expensive (stock trades cost £8 - £11) and can’t provide the same trading tools or research as top UK brokers.

Top Takeaways for 2020

After reviewing Lloyds Bank, here are our top findings:

  • Lloyds Bank is the largest retail bank in the UK, and the banking group serves more than 25 million customers. Lloyds Bank, which owns Halifax, has the same share dealing product as Halifax. Quotes, charts, and market news are the same, as both brokers use the same third-party providers.
  • Lloyds Bank is a good option for traders exclusively dealing funds. Lloyds charges an annual fee of £40, no custody fees, and each fund trade is only £1.50. Lloyds offers almost 3,000 funds to choose from, sorted by Morningstar ratings. Hargreaves Lansdown and Interactive Brokers offer more fund research, but at varying price points.
  • Lloyds Bank is not a cost-efficient option for traders focused on shares. Lloyds charges between £8 - £11 per trade, with the opportunity to receive £1.50 trades with reoccurring investments. Almost every broker we review offers cheaper per trade rates, while also offering reoccurring investments between £1 - £2. DEGIRO and FinecoBank offer some of the cheapest stock trades.
  • Lloyds Banks offers average research and an average trading platform. While the trading tools provided are sufficient for the casual trader, other brokers offer more at lower price points.
  • Lloyds Bank does not have a mobile app for share dealing. Customers must use the Lloyds website from a mobile browser to trade on the go. As far as education goes, Lloyds Bank is average delivering bite-size educational articles focused on getting investors started.
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Overall Summary

FeatureLloyds Bank
Overall 4 Stars
Offering of Investments 4 Stars
Commissions & Fees 4 Stars
Platform & Tools 3.5 Stars
Research 4 Stars
Education 3.5 Stars

Steve Miley

About the author: With 25 years of experience in institutional financial markets, Steve has won multiple Technical Analyst Magazine awards, including "Best Independent Fixed Income" and "Best FX Research." Alongside StockBrokers.com, Steve is the founder of The Market Chartist where he provides market research for institutional clients.

Blain Reinkensmeyer

About the author: As Head of Research at StockBrokers.com, Blain Reinkensmeyer has 18 years of trading experience with over 1,000 trades placed during that time. Referenced as a leading expert on the US online brokerage industry, Blain has been quoted in The New York Times, Forbes, and the Chicago Tribune, among others.

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