Barclays Smart Investor Review

as of 17/03/2021 at 4:54 pm

Holly's View

This service has improved and IMHO is better than the customer review scores suggest :0) Clear information and straightforward user journeys. Barclays’ customers will likely value the familiarity of investing with a brand they know. Minimum monthly fees feel outdated - and make this service expensive for smaller accounts. Navigation of the site can be tricky and not always intuitive. Lots of supporting information. There is still work to be done to compete with the non-bank brand platforms on usability.

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Recommended For

Beginner Investor

Confident Investor

In a nutshell

Access from online banking

Good research & tools

Pricey for small portfolios

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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

Includes a shortlist of investments

Pick your own funds

Pick your own shares

The 'Geeky' Details

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Barclays Smart Investor is the 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 monthly account fees mean there are cheaper options available for those with very small portfolios. There is also a £3 fund dealing charge, 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

Your Questions

"I am a beginner investor and would like to invest in a "socially responsible" Stocks & Shares ISA. I have looked into the Nutmeg and Wealthify funds, having found out about them through the Money Saving Expert website. Is there information about any other such providers on your website? And do you have any advice about how to compare the "socially responsible" criteria on the different funds?"

Joy, Glamorgan


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