Compare Barclays vs Halifax


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

Barclays vs Halifax
overall rating
4.3
4.0
overall pros
  • Low fees
  • Solid company background
  • Great fundamental research
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Good options for deposits and withdrawals
  • Quick and easy account opening
overall cons
  • Limited to UK products
  • Current bank account is needed for mobile platform
  • Slow customer support
  • High stock trading fees
  • Limited web-based platform
  • No mobile or desktop platforms
fees
4.3
  • Low stock, ETF, fund, and bond fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
  • Volume-based monthly customer fee
2.2
  • Low non-trading fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
  • High trading fees
  • High stock and ETF fees
account opening
3.8
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Slow
  • Account opening only for UK residents
4.0
  • Fast
  • Fully digital
  • No minimum deposit
  • Not user-friendly
  • Only for UK residents
deposit and withdrawal
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Missing electronic wallets
3.8
  • Credit/Debit card available
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
  • Slow withdrawal - over 3 days
  • Electronic wallets not available
web trading platform
3.4
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
3.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • No research capabilities in the portal
mobile trading platform
desktop trading platform
markets and products
1.4
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
3.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Investment Trusts
research
4.0
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Quality news flow
  • Limited interactive charting
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Research tools not integrated into web trading platform
customer service
2.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • No 24/7 support
  • Slow support
3.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • No 24/7 support
  • No response to email
education
1.5
  • Educational videos
  • Quality educational articles
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
  • No webinars
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • All clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • All clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
recommended for Long-term investors looking for a broker with low fees and solid background Beginners and long-term investors
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