Running a DIY portfolio is tough. You have no-one to blame but yourself on your choices of investment (more about that later).
But one area you can tackle fairly simply is minimising the operating costs of the portfolio - by choosing the right share-dealing broker, which can save you hundreds of pounds a year.
Investors Chronicle has produced a useful-looking Broker Comparison Tool to help you think about this aspect of DIY investing. I used to subscribe to IC but I did not find it much use - and developed my own approach, which you see in this blog.
I had a little play with the tool and it suggested iWeb, operated by Halifax Share Dealing. I don't currently use this, so I decided to look a little more closely at their offer on ISAs:
- No annual admin charge
- £5 dealing commission
- No inactivity charges
- £25 One-off account opening charge
- Interactive Investor (formerly TD Direct, before that TD Waterhouse)
- AJ Bell YouInvest (formerly iSIPP)
This Is Money has a similar tool with a commentary on the strengths and weaknesses of the different brokers. Their view on iWeb:
Who is it good for? iWeb is keenly priced for those looking to regularly buy investment trusts, shares or ETFs thanks to its low £5 dealing fee and the new set-up fee of just £25 is good value. Bear in mind that you do need to pay for fund-dealing here. And also check out Club Finance's Frequent Trader offer.
In summary, iWeb looks quite attractive; but I wonder how sustainable this pricing structure is. Changing brokers typically involves costs, which is a factor to consider - but I might consider using this broker for any new ISA investments in the next tax year.
I am not a financial adviser and the information provided does not constitute financial advice. You should always do your own research on top of what you learn here to ensure that it's right for your specific circumstances.