Comparison table

Compare buying shares with IG – via a share dealing account – against three of our competitors, to find the best share dealing option for you.

You’ll also see how we compare to other stocks and shares ISA providers. With market-leading rates, no admin fee for your ISA, and low conversion on international shares, it’s clear to see why more and more people are choosing to invest with IG.

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The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invested. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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Provider IG Hargreaves Lansdown Barclays Smart Investor AJ Bell
Standard commission rate (UK shares) £8 £11.95 £6 £9.95
Best commission rate (UK shares) £5 £5.95 £6 £4.95
How to qualify for the best rate 10 trades in prior month 20 trades in prior month n/a 10 trades in prior month
Quarterly account fee £241 (reduced by commissions paid during the quarter) 0.45% of assets capped at £11.25 per account type 0.1%: min £12, max £375 0.25% of assets, capped at £7.50 per account type
Standard commission rate on US shares 2 cents per share, minimum of $15 £11.95 n/a £9.95
FX conversion fee 0.5% 1% n/a 1%
Total cost to you on a US share trade of $50002 £30.53 £47.29 n/a £45.76
Commission on trades placed by phone £40

1% (min £20, max £50)

£25 £29.95

[Source: IG, correct at 17/04/2019, FX rate: 1.31].

Remember our share dealing account doesn’t just stand out on price: our pricing and execution technology helps you find the best available price on every trade, and our integrated analysis tools keep you ahead of the curve.

For more information on buying shares with IG, take a look at our share dealing page.

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1 You’ll be charged a custody fee of £24 per quarter if you hold investments on a share dealing account or ISA at the end of each quarter. The fee does not apply if you only hold cash on your account.

The custody fee is also dependent on your trading activity, and commissions paid during the quarter will be deducted from the fee. You will be exempt from the charge if you:
• Deal three or more times on your share dealing account during the quarter
• Hold investments worth £15,000 or more across your IG Smart Portfolio accounts at the end of the quarter
If a custody fee is due, we’ll debit it from your share dealing account first. If sufficient funds aren’t available, we’ll then deduct from your ISA account. If there is insufficient cash on both accounts, the account with the highest asset value will be taken overdrawn.
2This example illustrates the total cost to you when buying $5000 worth of a US share, for example Apple or Facebook, and includes commission rate, FX conversion charge and all other fees required to complete the transaction. We have used the average value of one US share in all cases (172 shares priced at $29.07) and a GBP/USD exchange rate of 1.3446 (17 April 2019).