The table below compares accounts from the limited number of UK stock brokers who offer sponsored CREST accounts for individual investors. It is not a full comparison table of UK stock brokers – see the UK discount stockbrokers comparison table for many more possibilities if you don’t need a personal CREST account. For more details on what individual CREST membership is and why you might or might not want it, see the CREST personal account FAQ.
Charles Stanley Direct Annual account fee of 0.25% (min £20, max £150), waived if you place six or more trades every six months £10 £20 or 0.25% (min £50) for specialist trades More details
Fidelity Share Network (service provided by Charles Stanley) £5.1/month £9 £18.5 Visit site
Killik & Co £100/year n/a £30 min (1.65% of first £15,000, 0.5% of balance) More details
Redmayne Bentley £40/year if no trades made during year n/a £17.5 min (1.65% of first £7,000, 0.5% from £7-20,000, 0.45% of balance) plus settlement and compliance charge of £7.5 (UK), £15 (USA), £10 (other CREST eligible foreign stocks) More details
Stocktrade £48/year 0.4% (min £14.5, max £50) falling to 0.2% after 50 trades, plus £20 for CREST eligible foreign stocks 0.5% (min £15 max £60) plus £20 for CREST eligible foreign stocks More details
Notes on the UK CREST Personal Member Account comparison table
Fees include VAT at 20% where applicable. For reference, you may wish to note that the annual fee charged by Euroclear UK & Ireland, owner of CREST, to member stock brokers is £10 per sponsored member per year. CREST sponsored membership is available to residents of the European Economic Area (EEA), Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man only; brokers may also have their own restrictions on accepting clients not resident in the UK.
The above table does not include absolutely all UK stock brokers who offer CREST accounts. Some other traditional full service stock brokers will do so as well, but their fee are likely to be similar to the more expensive brokers already listed above. Euroclear UK & Ireland has a longer list of firms that will offer CREST sponsorship on its website, but this not complete and some entries are no longer correct. The Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers also has a search function on its website that allows you to search for member firms that offer CREST sponsorship.
If you would like to provide details of another broker that will open CREST accounts for individuals, please send me an email through the contact form.Information in the UK CREST personal member accounts comparison table comes from the stock brokers’ websites and leaflets, conversations with broker staff and conversations with investors who use the services. While I try to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date, I cannot guarantee that. You should always check current terms and conditions before opening an account. If you identify any errors or omissions, please email me using the contact form.