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Interactive Investor investment platform review

We analyse the charges levied by Interactive Investor and ask whether the fund supermarket provides good value for investors

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What is Interactive Investor? What accounts and services does Interactive Investor offer? Is Interactive Investor good or bad? What do customers say about Interactive Investor?
What are Interactive Investor's charges? Who is Interactive Investor good for? Who is Interactive Investor expensive for? Get top money-saving tips from Which?

What is Interactive Investor?

Interactive Investor is one of the best places online in the UK to find an active and vocal community of traders and investors. It's primarily known as a stockbroker but it offers a large selection of funds as well. 

Interactive Investor offers investors the chance to discuss their investments through a range of stock-specific discussion forums, the presence of which ensures that its website remains a popular resource for DIY stock pickers. Also available is a wide range of information sources, analysis, tools and expert ideas.

What accounts and services does Interactive Investor offer?

The information below gives an at-glance view of the key things that the accounts and services Interactive Investor offers. 

Elements marked with a are offered by Interactive Investor and those marked with a are not.

 

General investment account

 

A general investment account that can hold different types of investments but doesn’t give tax-free benefits like pensions and Isas.

 

✓ Stocks and shares Isa

 

A stocks and shares Isa is a tax-free account that allows you to put your money in a range of investments.

 

Junior Isa

 

A junior Isa is a tax-free savings account for under 18s.

 

Sipps

 

A Sipp is a pension where you have complete control over the investments you put your savings into.

 

Savings account*

 

*Minimum £10,000. A savings account is somewhere you can put your money so it can grow in value. 

 

Income drawdown

 

Income drawdown allows you to take money out of your pension to live on in retirement.

 

✘ Lifetime Isa

 

A lifetime Isa is a tax-free savings or investment account designed to help people aged 18-39 buy their first home or save for retirement. 

 

✘ Advisory services

 

Advisory services allow you to access professional investment advice. 

 

✘ Annuity

 

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. 

 

✘ Banking services

 

Banking services allow you to operate bank accounts, make transfers and make payments.

Is Interactive Investor good or bad?

To get an idea of how good or bad Interactive Investor is, we asked its customers.  

Which?'s rating for customer satisfaction is based on feedback from real customers. The score is made up of a customer's overall satisfaction with the brand, and how likely they are to recommend that brand.

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

Members can log in to see our review of Interactive Investor. If you're not already a member, you can sign up to a one month trial for Which? Money for just £1 to access this review and thousands of others.

Aspect of service Star rating
Online tools

4 out of 5

Customer service

3 out of 5

Investment information

3 out of 5

Available investments meet my needs

5 out of 5

Value for money

4 out of 5

What do customers say about Interactive Investor?

  • 'I am gradually moving my investments to Interactive Investor to benefit from their lower fees.'
  • 'Transferring to Interactive Investor was very slow and required me to chase them.  Now that I'm transferred it's fine and good value.'

Check out our guide on the best and worst investment platforms to see how Interactive Investor compared with AJ Bell, Hargreaves Lansdown and other investment platforms.

What are Interactive Investor's charges?

Annual charges

  • £119.88 (£9.99 fixed monthly charge - or £13.99 for Funds Fan plan, or £19.99 for Super Investor plan)

Trading charges

  • Each service plan includes £7.99 of free trades a month
  • £7.99 for UK share trades (£3.99 with Super Investor plan)
  • £7.99 for funds (£3.99 with Funds Fan plan)
  • US Share trades £4.99 with Super Investor plan

We’ve estimated the cost of investing various sums in investment platforms over the course of a year in the table below. The costs assume you only buy funds (shares work out slightly cheaper with some companies), and make four purchases and four sales each year (figures are rounded).

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Source: Analysis by Which? Money correct as of April 2020. *Assumes trades spread out so no more than one a month

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

Who is Interactive Investor good for?

Interactive Investor offers a cost-effective service for those with medium-to-large portfolios (£50,000 or more), combining fixed fees with a respectable customer score, although it's not among the highest ranking platforms

Who is Interactive Investor expensive for?

Those with smaller pots are likely to pay a considerably over the odds with Interactive Investor, due to its fixed fee. 

If that's you, consider a platform with a percentage-based fee, such as Which? Recommended Providers AJ Bell Youinvest and Vanguard.

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