Compare ISA Charges (Shares)

Typically, your annual charge depends on whether you hold funds or shares in your investment ISA. Here, we assume you'll invest in shares only. If you plan to invest in funds, have a look at our funds' comparison tables.

When you invest in shares, you'll have to pay several charges. In our pricing table below, we've only considered platform and dealing fees. You can find out more about online share dealing and its associated costs in our Investing in Shares guide.

Important:
The table below shows annual charges of several share dealing platforms when you invest lump sums of £5,000, £20,000 or £100,000 in one year and make 12 ad hoc deals in the same year. A deal is either one of buying or selling an investment. It is also called a trade. We've used the colour red to indicate what platforms are more expensive compared to the others. This means the darker the shade of red, the more expensive the platform. Dark red doesn't mean bad or too expensive; it just means the platform is more expensive than others. If you would like to see a breakdown of fees charged by each platform, have a look at our Platform Charges Directory.

We haven't included any calculations for regular investing, but we do note in the second column, regular investing dealing fees for your information.

Finally, it is important to let you know we show the costs which apply to the first year only. This is especially important because, with platforms like iWeb, your charges reduce after the first year. Whereas, with platforms like EQi, your charges might increase after the first year. You'll find all the details you need below. For each provider we list, your money is protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This means you could get your money back up to £85,000 if any of the companies goes bust.

If you have questions, please ask the community.

Notes

  1. Charles Stanley - We assume you'll make at least one deal every month. Doing this exempts you from paying the platform fee.
  2. EQi - You'll pay no custody fee in the first two quarters of the year you join, so it will be more expensive in subsequent years.
  3. IG - We assume you'll make at least three deals every quarter. Doing this exempts you from paying the £24 per quarter platform fee.
  4. Interactive Investor - All three plans give you at least one free deal per month. We assume you'll make one deal per month. This means you won't pay the dealing fee.
  5. IWeb - it charges a one-off account opening fee of £25 in the first year, so it will be cheaper in subsequent years where you do not have to pay the account opening fee.
  6. The Share Centre - We assume the frequent dealing option for each calculation.

Once again, you can find more information on each platform's fees here and view our fund dealing ISA charges comparison table here.

One more thing...

Important❗️
We are not regulated to give you financial advice, so we kindly ask that you not take the information on our website, online community or social media pages as advice. If you think you will need someone qualified to help you make financial decisions such as what to invest in, we strongly recommend you seek advice from a suitably qualified financial adviser. There are a few websites where you can find advisers. Have a look at Unbiased or VouchedFor.

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The contents of this page were inspired by The Lang Cat's Guide to ISA Pricing and Guide to ISA investing.

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