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Compare City Index vs Hargreaves Lansdown


Online brokers compared for fees, trading platforms, safety and more. See how City Index stacks up against Hargreaves Lansdown!

City Index vs Hargreaves Lansdown
overall rating
4.4 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
overall pros
  • Low forex fees
  • Diverse and high-quality research tools
  • Great customer support
  • Great customer service
  • Easy to use trading platforms
  • High-quality educational tools
overall cons
  • High stock CFD fees
  • Limited product portfolio
  • Not user-friendly desktop platform
  • High fees for stocks, ETFs, and CFDs
  • Offline account opening for clients outside the UK
  • Only GBP base currency
fees
3 stars
  • No withdrawal fee
  • Low financing rate
  • Inactivity fee
2 stars
  • No inactivity fee
  • Low fees for funds, forex, and bonds
  • High stock, ETF, and CFD fees
account opening
4 stars
  • Fully digital account opening
  • No minimum account balance
  • Slow account opening
4 stars
  • Fast account opening
  • Fully digital account opening
  • User-friendly
  • Offline account opening for non-UK clients
deposit and withdrawal
4 stars
  • Credit/Debit card deposit and withdrawal
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Missing electronic wallets
  • Base currencies cannot be selected
4 stars
  • Credit/Debit card deposit and withdrawal
  • Free withdrawal
  • No deposit fee
  • Only one account base currency
web trading platform
4 stars
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safe) login
4 stars
  • User-friendly
  • Clear fee report
  • Good search function
  • No two-step (safe) login
  • Limited customizability (for charts, workspace)
mobile trading platform
4 stars
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Good variety of order types
  • No two-step (safe) login
4 stars
  • User-friendly
  • Good search function
  • Order confirmation
  • No two-step (safe) login
  • No price alerts
desktop trading platform
3 stars
  • Good customizability (for charts, workspace)
  • Good variety of order types
  • Available in several languages
  • Not user-friendly
  • No two-step (safe) login
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markets and products
2 stars
  • Forex
  • CFD
  • Crypto
4 stars
  • Stock
  • ETF
  • Forex
  • Fund
  • Bond
  • CFD
  • Crypto
research
5 stars
  • Good interactive chart
  • Good quality news flow
  • User-friendly
  • Recommendations only for forex
4 stars
  • Analyst recommendations for stocks, bonds, etc.
  • Data on asset fundamentals
  • User-friendly
  • Limited interactive charting
  • No/limited set of analytic tools
customer service
5 stars
  • Fast response time
  • Relevant answers
  • Great telephone support
  • Bad chatbot
4 stars
  • Fast response time
  • Relevant answers
  • Professional tone
  • No live chat
  • No 24/7 availability
education
5 stars
  • Trading platform tutorial videos
  • Educational videos
  • Easy to understand
4 stars
  • Trading platform tutorial videos
  • Educational videos
  • Easy to understand
  • Good production quality
  • No demo account
  • Regulated by top tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Parent company listed on stock exchange
  • Regulated by top tier financial authority
  • High level of investor protection
  • Listed on stock exchange
  • No negative balance protection
  • Does not hold a banking license
recommended for CFD and forex traders looking for low forex fees and great research tools Beginners and buy and hold investors looking for great customer service and easy to use trading platforms