Compare Charles Stanley Direct vs Halifax


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

Charles Stanley Direct vs Halifax
overall rating
4.5
4.0
overall pros
  • Low fund fees
  • Great customer service
  • Easy deposit and withdrawal
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Good options for deposits and withdrawals
  • Quick and easy account opening
overall cons
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Limited education materials
  • Basic research tools
  • High stock trading fees
  • Limited web-based platform
  • No mobile or desktop platforms
fees
3.8
  • Low non-trading fees
  • Low fund fees
  • Average stock and ETF fees
2.2
  • Low non-trading fees
  • No withdrawal fee
  • No inactivity fee
  • High trading fees
  • High stock and ETF fees
account opening
4.7
  • Fully digital
  • Low minimum deposit
  • User-friendly
  • Available only to 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
  • Only one account base currency
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
3.5
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Price alerts
  • No two-step (safer) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Limited order types
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
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
1.6
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Bond
3.0
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Fund
  • Investment Trusts
research
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
3.5
  • Trading ideas
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • Research tools not integrated into web trading platform
customer service
4.5
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Fast response time
  • No 24/7 support
3.0
  • Phone support
  • Live chat
  • Relevant answers
  • No 24/7 support
  • No response to email
education
2.0
  • Glossary of terms
  • No demo account
  • No trading platform tutorial videos
3.5
  • Trading platform tutorial
  • Educational videos
  • No demo account
  • 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
  • High level of investor protection
  • Banking background
  • All clients belong to a top-tier financial authority
recommended for Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market Beginners and long-term investors
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