Compare AJ Bell Youinvest vs Charles Stanley Direct


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

AJ Bell Youinvest vs Charles Stanley Direct
overall rating
4.6
4.5
overall pros
  • Fast account opening
  • Easy to use trading platforms
  • Great customer service
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
overall cons
  • Limited product offer
  • Basic technical research tools
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
fees
3.1
  • Low non-trading fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low mutual fund fees
  • Custody fee
  • Average stock fees
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
account opening
5.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Available only to UK residents
4.7
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Available only to UK residents
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
  • Bank transfer is not available for one-off deposits
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
web trading platform
3.7
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • No price alerts
3.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
mobile trading platform
4.2
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Good search function
  • No price alerts
4.0
  • User-friendly
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Touch/Face ID login
  • Limited order types
  • No price alerts
  • Confusing search function
desktop trading platform
markets and products
3.1
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bonds via phone order
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
research
3.3
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited interactive charting
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
education
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • Good production quality
  • No demo account
  • Not well-structured
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • High level of investor protection
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • All clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • No negative balance protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
  • Majority of clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • Does not hold a banking license
recommended for Beginners and investors with small and medium portfolios focusing on the UK market Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market
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