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Hargreaves Lansdown investment platform review

We analyse the charges levied by Hargreaves Lansdown and ask its customers to rate it for service, tools, value for money and more

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What is Hargreaves Lansdown? Is Hargreaves Lansdown any good? What do customers say about Hargreaves Lansdown? What are Hargreaves Lansdown's charges?
Who is Hargreaves Lansdown good for? Who is Hargreaves Lansdown expensive for? What accounts and services does Hargreaves Lansdown offer? Is your money safe with Hargreaves Lansdown?

What is Hargreaves Lansdown?

Founded in 1981, Hargreaves Lansdown has grown to become a FTSE 100 company, making it one of the largest listed firms in the UK and one of the UK's largest DIY investment platforms.

Is Hargreaves Lansdown any good?

Which? members can exclusively read the results of our unique customer satisfaction survey.

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How we rate investment platforms

 

Which?'s rating for customer satisfaction is based on feedback from real customers.

We ask investors to rate their current platform for the quality of its online tools and smartphone app, customer service and information on investment opportunities and performance. We also ask whether it meets their needs, represents value for money and whether they'd recommend it to someone else.

How do we pick Which? Recommended Providers?

A platform must allow investors to pick their own investments from an extensive list.

It will have received at least a 70% customer rating, and not received a rating below three stars on any of the underlying criteria, such as customer service, investment information or the quality of its online tools.

It also mustn't be in the top four platforms for charges, based on our fee analysis.

What do customers say about Hargreaves Lansdown?

We’ve heard from investors who use Hargreaves Lansdown, and this is what some of them had to say:

  • 'Not the cheapest, but good value and to some degree you get what you pay for.'
  • 'It is expensive but selling and buying is very straightforward, and it has a wide choice of funds and investment trusts.'
  • 'All routine investment functions are easy to use and the editorial pages are worth reading for advice and new ideas. VCTs [Venture Capital Trusts] get less attention than they deserve. There are helpful pages for use when preparing a tax return.'

Find out more: Check out our guide on the best and worst investment platforms to see how Hargreaves Lansdown compared.

What are Hargreaves Lansdown's charges?

Annual charges

  • Annual fund charge of 0.45% on funds up to £250,000
  • 0.25% on the portion of funds between £250,000 and £1m
  • 0.1% on anything between £1m and £2m
  • 0% for anything above that
  • 0.45% fee to hold shares, capped at £45 per year (in an Isa there are no management charges for shares in a general investment account)

Trading charges

  • Share dealing charges depend on how many trades you complete per month. If you make less than 10 trades, you'll pay £11.95 per deal
  • No dealing charge for buying or selling funds

How much will I pay to invest?

We’ve estimated the cost of investing with Hargreaves Lansdown over the course of a year, in a stocks and shares Isa.

Costs will vary depending on how much you invest, and whether you trade funds or shares. All assume you make four purchases and four sales each year, spread out over different months.

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Source: Analysis by Which? Money correct as of April 2022

Read our comparison of investment platform charges to see how much investing with Hargreaves Lansdown costs for a range of portfolios.

Who is Hargreaves Lansdown good for?

If you're happy to pay for a premium service, Hargreaves Lansdown offers solid core services with bells and whistles that are appreciated by its clients.

For those with smaller portfolios, Hargreaves Lansdown could cost you more than its cheaper rivals, but this might be a relatively small premium if you really value the service.

It's fairly competitive for share trading compared to its rivals, especially for larger portfolios, due to its £45 cap on share management costs in an Isa, and £0 share management costs in a general investment account.

Who is Hargreaves Lansdown expensive for?

Investors with smaller portfolios could pay lower fees with AJ Bell and Vanguard.

If you have a larger portfolio, Hargreaves Lansdown could prove costly. Its fees are calculated as a percentage of your portfolio value, so you could end up paying thousands of pounds a year more than a broker charging a fixed fee, such as Interactive Investor, or Halifax Share Dealing.

What accounts and services does Hargreaves Lansdown offer?

The information below gives an at-a-glance view of the key things Hargreaves Lansdown's accounts and services offer. 

  • Advisory Services – allow you to access professional investment advice.
  • Annuities – an annuity is an insurance product which allows you to swap your pension savings for a guaranteed regular income that will last for the rest of your life.
  • General investment account – can hold different types of investments but doesn't give tax-free benefits like pensions and Isas. 
  • Income drawdown – allows you to take money out of your pension to live on in retirement.
  • Junior Isa – a tax-free savings account for under-18s.
  • Lifetime Isa – a tax-free savings or investment account designed to help people aged 18-39 buy their first home or save for retirement.
  • Sipp – a pension where you have complete control over the investments you put your savings into.
  • Stocks and shares Isa – a tax-free account that allows you to put your money in a range of investments.
  • Savings accounts - access to competitive savings accounts from a range of providers through its Active Savings platform

What can you invest in with Hargreaves Lansdown?

  • Over 3,000 funds, as well as shares, exchange-traded funds, investment trusts and bonds
  • Spread betting and CFDs

What tools and resources does Hargreaves Lansdown offer?

  • Live share prices, investment watchlists and digital tools to track market movers and commodity and currency rates
  • Market updates and share research
  • Stop loss and limit orders 
  • Financial advice 

 

Is your money safe with Hargreaves Lansdown?

If Hargreaves Lansdown went out of business, you would be compensated by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

The FSCS will cover up to £85,000 of investments per person, per platform. You can claim for free online: there’s no reason to use a claims management company.

You won’t be compensated for investments falling in value, or a company in which you hold shares goes bust, unless this poor performance resulted from bad advice given by a regulated Independent Financial Advisor that has since gone bust. 

 

 

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