AJ Bell Youinvest vs Barclays compared

Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how AJ Bell Youinvest stacks up against Barclays!

AJ Bell Youinvest
Barclays

Last update of dataJan 2023

AJ Bell Youinvest

AJ Bell Youinvest is a UK direct-to-investor investment platform. AJ Bell is listed on the London Stock Exchange and regulated by the FCA.

Recommended for beginners and investors with small and medium portfolios focusing on the UK market.

Barclays

Barclays is a UK-based bank. Barclays Smart Investor is the brokerage service provided by Barclays and regulated by the top-tier FCA.

Recommended for long-term investors looking for a broker with low fees and solid background.

AJ Bell Youinvest's service is on par with Barclays's and a comparison of their fees shows that AJ Bell Youinvest's fees are slightly higher than Barclays's.

Account opening takes less effort at AJ Bell Youinvest compared to Barclays, deposit and withdrawal processes are about the same quality at AJ Bell Youinvest, while customer service quality is much better than Barclays's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of AJ Bell Youinvest as much better than the platform of Barclays, found that clients have access to about the same number of markets and products with AJ Bell Youinvest, while Barclays provides somewhat better research and education.

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.6

Recommended for Beginners and investors with small and medium portfolios focusing on the UK market

Overall Score
4.3

Recommended for Long-term investors looking for a broker with low fees and solid background

Country of origin

UK

Country of origin

UK

Fees

Fees score
3.1
Fees score
3.6
Fees summary

Average trading fees, low non-trading fees, low fund fees

Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

Crypto fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
3.8
Deposit and withdrawal score
4.0
Number of base currencies

1

Number of base currencies

1

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
5.0
Account opening score
3.5
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Time to open account

1 day

Time to open account

>3 days

Required documents
*

Proof of identity: passport / driver's license Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill

*
Required documents

Proof of identity: passport / driver's license Proof of residency: bank statement / utility bill

Trading platform

Web platform score
3.7
Web platform score
3.5
Mobile platform score
4.2
Mobile platform score
-
Desktop platform score
-
Desktop platform score
-

Markets and products

Markets and products score
3.4
Markets and products score
3.2
Stocks
Stocks
Fractional shares
Fractional shares
ETFs
ETFs
Forex
Forex
Funds
Funds
Bonds
Bonds
Options
Options
Futures
Futures
Crypto
*
*
Crypto
CFDs
CFDs

Research, education

Research score
3.3
Research score
4.0
Charting quality

Poor

Charting quality

Poor

Education score
3.5
Education score
1.5
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
5.0
Customer service score
0.0
Phone
Phone
Live chat
Live chat
Email
Email
24/7 availability
24/7 availability

Security

Investor protection amount

£85,000

Investor protection amount

£85,000

Banking background
Banking background
Listed on stock exchange
Listed on stock exchange
Foundation date

1995

Foundation date

1992

Country of regulation

UK

Country of regulation

UK

No withdrawal fee limit

-

No withdrawal fee limit

-

Minimum deposit via bank transfer

-

Minimum deposit via bank transfer

-

Recommended min deposit by broker

-

Recommended min deposit by broker

-

AJ Bell Youinvest

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

Barclays

For detailed information and hands-on experience, read our review of this broker.

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