Barclays Smart Investor Review

as of 19/10/2018 at 10:53 am

Holly's View

Barclays Self Investor has had its annus horribilis, moving over to a new platform and crashing and burning on the way. But things are sorted now and this service is typically decently priced, with lots of help and research available. It’s no longer a site for share trading enthusiasts – which has annoyed some of its older users but actually makes it more user-friendly for the less confident. Getting better.

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In a nutshell

Nightmare launch in August

Access from online banking

Good research & tools

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What to Expect

Investment Choice


Stocks and Shares ISA

Investment Account

Investments available

Own brand funds

Funds from other groups

Stocks and shares

Ethical investments

Investment help

Robo advice / ready-made portfolios

Pick your own funds

Pick your own shares

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Barclays Smart Investor is the new investment service from the high street bank. There are loads of investment options, including funds from Barclays and other groups, and you can buy and sell company shares. It does offer a good blend of research which is equally strong across both funds and shares/listed securities.

For novice investors, the ‘Barclays Ready-made Investments’ give you an all-in-one portfolio, spreading your money around many different investments in one go.

There’s a slightly complex set of charges. Minimum and maximum monthly account fees mean there are cheaper options available for those with very small or very large portfolios. There are also transaction charges on funds, so it can be expensive for those that regularly invest small amounts into multiple funds.

Important Facts & Figures

Provider Size:

Large banking and investment firm / huge global brand

Minimum amounts:
£0 minimum investment
12 month indicative performance:

A medium risk fund returned 9.7% in 2017, after charges.

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