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Hargreaves Lansdown Review

as of 27/08/2020 at 3:30 pm

Holly's View

It remains hard to fault Hargreaves Lansdown for service and functionality which have largely excelled as volatility hits, trading soars and remote working bites. Answer times have remained strong and the site has held up well. But charges are now too high for this market and this needs to be addressed.

Our Rating

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In a nutshell

Excellent service

Established company

Too pricey for larger portfolios

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What to Expect

Investment Choice

Products

Stocks and Shares ISA

Junior ISA

Lifetime ISA

Investment Account

Pension

Investments available

Own brand funds

Funds from other groups

Stocks and shares

Investment help

Robo advice / ready-made portfolios

Help building a portfolio

Includes a shortlist of investments

Pick your own funds

Pick your own shares

The 'Geeky' Details

Provider details

The biggest and most established of them all, Hargreaves Lansdown looks after over £100bn of investors’ money. Providing a one-stop-shop for shares, funds, Junior ISAs, ISAs, pensions and cash, these guys know their stuff. The phone service is quick, staff are very well trained and it's just good. It can however baffle newer investors and feels a bit old-school and stuffy. If you need help look out for their "multi-manager funds" which are decent pre-packaged options, just pricey.

At 0.45% for admin, plus investment charges, expect to pay about 1.2% all-in. If you’re happy to pay for good service, it’s still fair value. Just not the cheapest. Having said that, lots of people in the finance industry use it as they know it just works. It's a bit like Ocado. Good website, prompt service, polished, tasty, convenient, pricey.

Important Facts & Figures

Provider Size:

The largest platform for investors, administering over £100bn. Listed on the FTSE 100.

Minimum amounts: £25 minimum monthly amount
£100 minimum initial amount for funds; no minimum for shares

Your Questions

"I currently have my children's Stocks & Shares ISA's with H&L however I am not that savvy with investing so I am thinking of moving it over to Wealth Simple and allowing them to do it for me. Would you recommend this or are there other roboadvisors you would suggest? I am happy to leave the money in long term until they are about 18 so looking at an 'ambitious' risk. I also have the same account with H&L and will potentially swap also."

Funmi, LDN

12/10/2020

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"Good day, If I were to invest with A J Bell or Hargreaves Lansdown in a self select Stocks & Shares ISA and they were to 'go bust', what would happen to my investment? Thanks."

David, County Down

28/07/2020

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"I'm a newbie investor looking for a SIPP. I see AJ Bell have low fees compared to Hargreaves Lansdown. Is it worth the lower fees even though there are exit charges, or pay the higher Hargreaves Lansdown charges, but have no exit fees?"

Andy, Hampshire

20/04/2020

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