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Robo Investing UK - Compare The Best Robo Advisors

Updated On: Apr 1, 2021
Robo Investing UK - Compare the best Robo Advisors

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Compare The Best Robo Advisors And Managed Stocks & Shares ISA

Robo advisors are technology companies that provide automated financial planning with little or no human supervision. Their products include ready-made investments, managed investments and financial advice.

Robo advisors are excellent for beginner investors or those who do not want to deal with the hassle of choosing individual stocks, shares and other investments.

If you prefer to invest in individual stocks, shares and funds, use our dedicated investment fees comparison tool for funds or shares.


The table below compares the annual stocks and shares ISAs charges of some of the best robo advisors and investment platforms in the UK.


To make the best use of the table below, click on the column headers to sort from the most expensive to the cheapest robo advisor and vice versa. 


For example, if you want to see the cheapest robo advisor for regular investments of £100 per month, click once on the £100 per month header. To see the most expensive robo advisor for a lump sum investment of £20k, click twice on the £20,000 lump sum header. 


Continue this exercise on all the headers until you find what you are looking for. Then scroll down to read our assumptions and to learn more about robo advisors.


If you want our recommendations, click here to view our top three robo advisors.

Capital at risk. ISA rules apply.


Platform Investment
Cost
£100
per Month
£1,000
per Month
£20,000
Lump Sum
£100,000
Lump Sum
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ETFmatic 0.12 4 39 120 600 DETAILS
EQ Investors 0.25 8 80 248 1040 DETAILS
IG Smart Portfolios 0.14 4 41 128 390 DETAILS
Moneybox 0.21 12 38 141 669 DETAILS
Moneyfarm 0.20 6 60 176 760 DETAILS
Munnypot 0.22 10 88 166 1230 DETAILS
Nutmeg 0.17 4 40 124 620 DETAILS
OpenMoney 0.10 3 33 102 510 DETAILS
Santander: Digital Investment Adviser 0.39 16 59 168 690 DETAILS
True Potential Investor 0.80 8 79 244 1220 DETAILS
Wealth Horizon 0.14 7 74 228 1140 DETAILS
Wealthify 0.16 5 49 152 760 DETAILS
Wealthsimple 0.20 5 45 140 700 DETAILS
Data Source: The Lang Cat

Click here to view our top three robo advisors.

Assumptions

When you invest using a robo advisor, please note the fund manager will still add on various charges within the fund. A good representation of those charges is the average investment cost or Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF). 


OCF estimates the portion of your investment's total cost that goes to the fund manager and is separate from the platform fee and dealing fee.


The examples in the price comparison table above should give you an idea of the total cost of your investment, including platform fees, dealing fees, OCF, and transaction costs (where we could find them).


In each case, we've used a mid-risk ready-made portfolio or multi-asset fund. 


You can find out more about investing in funds and the various charges in our Investing in Funds guide.


The calculations above are based on the following scenarios:

  1. £100 per month regular investment,
  2. £1,000 per month regular investment,
  3. £20,000 lump sum (a year's ISA allowance), or
  4. £100,000 lump sum (if you have some ISAs from previous years and are transferring in).


For regular investments, we assume you'll make 12 deals a year or one deal every month.


For lump sums, we assume you'll make four deals a year.


A deal is either one of buying or selling an investment. It is also called a trade. 


We use the colours green, amber, and red to indicate how expensive or cheap a robo advisor is compared to the others. The cheapest robo advisors are coloured green, the more expensive ones red, and the others amber.


That a robo advisor is green doesn't make it the best robo advisor for you as cheap doesn't always equal good. Some of the more expensive robo advisors could have a wider variety of investments depending on what you are looking for.


If you are investing small amounts and choose to go with the cheapest robo advisor for that amount, note that some of the more expensive robo advisors become cheaper as your pot increases. Consider Moneybox and Santander.


Additionally, we show the costs which apply to the first year only. This is especially important because, with platforms like Santander, Wealth Horizon and Munnypot, your costs reduce after the first year when you no longer have to pay the initial advice fee.


Finally, for each provider listed on our best robo advisor comparison table above, your money is protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).


Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a robo advisor?

Robo advisors are technology companies that provide automated financial planning with little or no human supervision. They use their algorithms to calculate your risk level and present you with a set of ready-made investments based on your risk profile. Many established investment platforms and fintech startups offer robo-advisor services.


In the UK, robo advisors are also called do-it-for-me investment platforms.

2. What is robo investing?

Robo investing is automated financial planning. It is a simple way to invest in hundreds of stocks, bonds and funds directly from your smartphone without dealing with the hassle of picking individual stocks, shares or other types of investments. 

3. What is a ready-made portfolio?

A ready-made investment portfolio is a diverse mix of investments created by fund managers to help reduce the burden of choosing individual stocks and shares or funds. With one ready-made portfolio, you could have access to hundreds of investments.

4. Which robo investor is the best in the UK?

The best robo advisors in the UK:

  • Wealthify - Mid price range; offers ethical portfolios
  • Nutmeg - Low cost; offers socially responsible investments
  • OpenMoney - Low cost; offers financial advice

Use our comparison table above to get a sense of how each robo advisor charges.

5. What are the advantages of robo-investing?

  1. Most of them are very easy to use.
  2. They let you invest directly from your smartphone.
  3. One portfolio could give you access to hundreds of investments.
  4. Some of them offer proper financial advice.

6. What are the disadvantages of robo-investing?

  1. Some robo-advisors are quite expensive, and more often than not, you could get a much cheaper deal if you went directly to the investment providers they use.
  2. You need to have a smartphone to use them.

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Credits

  1. The Lang Cat
  2. Gov.uk

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