Charles Stanley Direct vs Interactive Investor compared

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

Charles Stanley Direct
Interactive Investor

Last update of dataSep 2022

Charles Stanley Direct

Charles Stanley Direct is a UK broker, regulated by the top-tier FCA. It was acquired by Raymond James Financial, Inc in 2022, which is an NYSE listed financial services company, a constituent of the blue-chip S&P 500, a stock index of the biggest listed companies in the USA.

Recommended for beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market.

Interactive Investor

Interactive Investor is a UK-based investment service provider. It is regulated by the top-tier FCA.

Recommended for beginners and investors focusing on the UK market.

Charles Stanley Direct's service is slightly weaker than Interactive Investor's and a comparison of their fees shows that Charles Stanley Direct's fees are similar to Interactive Investor's.

Account opening takes somewhat more effort at Charles Stanley Direct compared to Interactive Investor, deposit and withdrawal processes are somewhat more complicated at Charles Stanley Direct, while customer service quality is somewhat better than Interactive Investor's.

Our experts rated the trading platform of Charles Stanley Direct as being of the same quality as the platform of Interactive Investor, found that clients have access to less markets and products with Charles Stanley Direct, while Interactive Investor provides somewhat lower-quality research and education.

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Basic data of broker

Overall Score
4.3

Recommended for Beginners and buy-and-hold investors focusing on the UK market

Best broker for funds

Overall Score
4.7

Recommended for Beginners and investors focusing on the UK market

Country of origin

UK

Country of origin

UK

Fees

Fees score
3.4
Fees score
3.6
Fees summary

Low trading and non-trading fees

Fees summary

Average trading fees, low non-trading fees, no withdrawal fee

Stock and ETF fees

Forex fees

Fund fees

Bond fees

Options fees

Futures fees

CFD fees

Non-trading fees

Deposit and withdrawal

Deposit and withdrawal score
3.8
Deposit and withdrawal score
4.3
Number of base currencies

1

Number of base currencies

9

Deposit type

Withdrawal type

Account opening

Account opening score
4.6
Account opening score
5.0
Account opening fully online
Account opening fully online
Minimum deposit
*

$28

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Minimum deposit
*

$0

*
Time to open account

1-3 days

Time to open account

1 day

Required documents
*

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

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Required documents
*

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

*

Trading platform

Web platform score
3.5
Web platform score
4.3
Mobile platform score
3.7
Mobile platform score
3.8
Desktop platform score
-
Desktop platform score
-

Markets and products

Markets and products score
1.4
Markets and products score
3.0
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
2.8
Charting quality

Mid-range

Charting quality

Poor

Education score
2.0
Education score
5.0
Demo account
Demo account

Customer service

Customer service score
4.5
Customer service score
3.6
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

1985

Foundation date

2003

Country of regulation

UK

Country of regulation

UK

Charles Stanley Direct

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

Interactive Investor

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

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