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Top 5 DIY providers

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Hargreaves Lansdown
Type Do It Yourself
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AJ Bell YouInvest
Type Do It Yourself
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Interactive Investor
Type Do It Yourself
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Fidelity
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Halifax Share Dealing
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What is a DIY Platform?

Do It Yourself platforms are mainstream online investment brokers, and tend to offer a wide range of investing products and accounts to access the markets. Depending on how much you want to pay, the level of supporting services and extra materials will vary.

If you’re someone who wants to get their teeth into investing and have the maximum choice available, there will be thousands of funds or shares to choose from.

Frequently Asked Question

Are DIY investment platforms the same as share dealing services?

DIY investment platforms are sometimes called share dealing services, online/discount brokers, execution-only stock brokers, or even fund supermarkets. Broadly, these are digital platforms that offer a wide range of investment options for you to choose from. They also tend to offer additional services such as learning materials and even financial advice.

What investments do DIY platforms offer?

DIY platforms offer a wide range of investment options across various asset classes, including shares, bonds, property, currencies and alternatives such as commodities and infrastructure. Investors can also choose to invest via collective funds or single assets like individual company shares.

How do I select a good DIY investment platform?

Click through to the individual service review to view our analysis and break-down of the scores. We have an overall score for the platform, plus weighted scores based on what we think are the four important aspects to their service: the accounts available, breadth of investment offering, breadth of extra services, and cost.

How easy is it to open an investment account?

Investment accounts are as easy to open and fund as any bank account.

Top 10 DIY providers

Top 10 providers
Type
Overall rating
Hargreaves Lansdown
Do It Yourself
AJ Bell YouInvest
Do It Yourself
Interactive Investor
Do It Yourself
Fidelity
Do It Yourself
Halifax Share Dealing
Do It Yourself
Barclays Smart Investor
Do It Yourself
Willis Owen
Do It Yourself
IWeb
Do It Yourself
Freetrade
Do It Yourself
Vanguard
Do It Yourself