Charles Stanley


Charles Stanley is a long-established UK private client stockbroker with a good range of European and Asian markets for telephone dealing, including less common ones such as Poland, Korea and Indonesia. Execution-only and online services are provided through its Charles Stanley Direct brand (previously known as Fastrade). Charges below are taken from the Charles Stanley Direct tariff.

Due to higher minimum commissions, you need to be looking at a minimum trade size of several thousand pounds to be cost effective, but from that point up, Charles Stanley and its peers are worth considering – especially for less frequent investors. Alternatives include Killik & Co and Redmayne Bentley.

These firms will not be the cheapest in terms of trading commission, but you may pay less in hidden costs such as foreign exchange conversion fees. Customer service will usually be better and the representatives you deal with will be more knowledgeable.

Markets available
Online tradingUK
Telephone tradingAustralia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany - Frankfurt, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan - Tokyo, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, UK International Order Book, USA
Dealing commissions and charges
Typical online£10
Online detailsUK £10
Typical telephone£25-£75
Telephone detailsUK shares: first £10,000 0.75%, next £90,000 0.25%, balance 0.15% (min £25); International shares: first £10,000 1.25%, next £90,000 0.375%, balance 0.275% (min £75)
Other fees and charges
Account fees and inactivity fees0.25%/year (min £20, max £150), waived if six or more trades every six months
Custody charges for stocksAdditional £30 per holding per year for shares in overseas custody
Dividend chargesNone
Corporate action chargesNone
Currency conversion charges1% margin for online trades, 0.35% margin for telephone trades
Hold cash in foreign currenciesYes
Currencies allowedMost major currencies
Other details
Tax-advantaged accountsISA (covered by standard account fee), SIPP (administration fee of £100+VAT per year)
Other products and servicesBonds, CFDs, funds, options, spreadbetting
Minimum account sizeNone
Company locationUK
Further informationVisit the Charles Stanley website

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