How to Choose the Best UK Stock Broker

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There are a huge number of brokerage firms and stock brokers providing service to investors in the UK. Selecting a stock broker can be tougher than it sounds. The correct broker can open up your investing chances, but the wrong one can limit your choices and push up your prices.


There’s numerous information about various companies on this site and it can be tough to pull together when you’re in a hurry to select one. Thus, in this article, I’m going to look at some tips to bear in mind while selecting a stock broker.

Decide where you want to invest

If you simply plan to invest in shares listed in your local stock market, then in most countries you’ll have plenty of brokers to select from. However, if you want to invest in foreign marketplaces, you could have very limited options. Check the ForexSQ stock broker guide to see which companies will trade which marketplaces.

You can have accounts with more than one stock broker and many investors do. However, it’s often appropriate to try to get two or three comprehensive accounts covering all of your investments, instead of having to open a new account every time you want to purchase a stock listed in a various country.

Check costs carefully

Many investors concentrate short-shortsightedly on dealing commissions. But stock brokers charge an extensive range of prices and some will promise low headline dealing rates, only to claw it all back over high currency conversion costs or extreme account management charges.

Try to obtain a feel for what it will cost you to run your portfolio over a year, not just the price per trade.

Decide from your stock broker what you want

Stock brokers fall into 3 types. Execution-only or discount brokers basically carry out your trading orders, either phone or by online. Most of the stock brokers recorded on this site are execution-only brokers.

Full service or Advisory brokers will discuss your portfolio and investment methods with you. You make the final decision, but they will provide you advice. And some advisory brokers also provide discretionary services for customers with great portfolios, where they will manage your money for you.

Advisory services obviously charge more, however some investors gain the extra support and insight their broker can provide. Getting the best from an advisory stock broker comprises finding one that you have a good relationship with and can trust their advice. That isn’t always simple.

As part of this, it is also essential to think about how you plan to spend. Frequent traders will need high-speed online admittance and low commissions, whereas infrequent investors might be happy to deal by telephone and be less worried about charges.

That said, whereas services aimed at long-term investors will never be suitable for traders, the opposite is not at all times true. There are many companies that market themselves to frequent traders, but will also be a good and cheap service for those who trade rarely. So don’t be put off by the advertising.

And finally… make sure you shop around

All this said, the single most significant thing you can do is shop around and compare brokers. Never just go with the first stock broker you look at.

When you have a shortlist of firms, consider signing up more than one. It’s difficult to decide whether a broker’s service is actually going to suit you till you’ve used it for a while.

Keep in mind, there’s no problem keeping many accounts. As different firms tend to be better in different places, that’s often the smart method to go.

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