The world of share dealing and investing encompasses a wide variety of asset classes across the global markets. This broad-spectrum ranges from long-term investments in mutual funds and government bonds to share dealing and CFDs, among others. In our 2017 UK review, we have focused on the full range of offerings.
Hargreaves Landsdown offers a diverse investment offering, providing its clients with the ability to invest across the global markets, as well as receive optional paid professional advice.
Our top pick, Hargreaves Landsdown, shines for its extremely diverse offering of investments. Hargreaves Lansdown's clients have access to a variety of asset classes including individual stocks and shares, funds, investment trusts, government and corporate bonds, ETFs, CFDs, and spread betting services. Furthermore, both Junior ISA and SIPP accounts are available (alongside the standard ISA and SIPP offerings). Finally, Hargreaves Landsdown also offers an advisory service for clients who want to pay for access to professional guidance.
In second place, we placed Barclays Stockbrokers. A similar broad range of asset classes to Hargreaves Lansdown can be accessed at Barclays, although a Junior ISA is not currently offered. With respect to trading and investing in overseas markets, Barclays Stockbrokers provides access to trading in 18 different countries outside the UK, which is slightly higher than Hargreaves Lansdown’s offering of 16.
All data considered, Hargreaves Landsdown offers the most well-rounded offering. Considering the wide variety of assets that can be traded, the broad choice of investment vehicles, the scope of the investment possibilities outside of the UK, and the optional convenience of tailored financial advice, it is the best package available for UK residents.