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    • RomfordNavy
    • By RomfordNavy 5th Aug 18, 9:00 PM
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    Which Broker for buying and holding some Investment trusts?
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    • 5th Aug 18, 9:00 PM
    Which Broker for buying and holding some Investment trusts? 5th Aug 18 at 9:00 PM
    Any suggestions which Broker would be a reasonable cost option in the long-term for buying and holding say half a dozen different Investment Trusts?
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    • londoninvestor
    • By londoninvestor 15th Sep 18, 6:02 PM
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    I thought HL did pay a small interest on cash holdings?
    Originally posted by StellaN
    They do. I think boston's point is that HL don't charge a platform fee on cash holdings, whereas Vanguard do (here: "We calculate the account fee on the overall value of your Vanguard account, including any cash held.")
    • george4064
    • By george4064 15th Sep 18, 6:20 PM
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    I use AJ Bell YouInvest and very happy with the service alongside competitive fees. Would recommend.
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    • talexuser
    • By talexuser 15th Sep 18, 10:47 PM
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    Bell are competitive for shares and etfs, but for larger amounts in funds they are only middle of the road with more than half dozen platforms considerably cheaper. Their re registration charges are also amongst the highest.
    • RomfordNavy
    • By RomfordNavy 16th Sep 18, 11:50 AM
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    In black and white here: "Dividend reinvestment purchases are charged per reinvestment at a flat rate of 2% based on the value of the dividend (maximum £5)".

    So it's actually a little more favourable than the £5 per trade they told you. Some trades (namely small dividend reinvestments) cost less than that.
    Originally posted by londoninvestor
    Well this could get interesting, looks like they have been lying to me. I have a recording of their phone call where they confirmed that the only charges are the £25 opening fee and the £5 per trade transaction fee, they even called me to confirm that I understood the charges which would apply! That page you linked to suggests ISA transfer fees as well which they failed to mention. I can see this becoming a complaint to the FOS if they try and apply any of those charges.
    • talexuser
    • By talexuser 16th Sep 18, 12:34 PM
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    I think you should calm down a little. ISA transfer fees are when you leave them and transfer out to another platform so not an ongoing expense. With iWeb they are at least capped at £125 max, many platforms have higher transfer out charges once you have a few funds, those that do not charge on the way out have far more in custody charges or limited choice in funds.
    • bowlhead99
    • By bowlhead99 16th Sep 18, 12:38 PM
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    reinvestment at a flat rate of 2% based on the value of the dividend (maximum £5)".

    So it's actually a little more favourable than the £5 per trade they told you. Some trades (namely small dividend reinvestments) cost less than that
    Well this could get interesting, looks like they have been lying to me. I have a recording of their phone call where they confirmed that the only charges are the £25 opening fee and the £5 per trade transaction fee, they even called me to confirm that I understood the charges which would apply! That page you linked to suggests ISA transfer fees as well which they failed to mention. I can see this becoming a complaint to the FOS if they try and apply any of those charges.
    Originally posted by RomfordNavy
    Originally posted by londoninvestor
    What are you on!?

    If you would like, you can automatically reinvest dividends that arrive in the account at a MAXIMUM cost of £5, but it will be less than £5 in many cases as it is a percentage based sliding scale which tops out at the same price as an ad hoc purchase transaction.

    If they told you that it would cost you £5 for every purchase of shares but neglected to tell you that actually if you have money arriving in your account resulting from dividend income, they will grant you the ability to purchase new shares, if you wish, on an automatic basis for LESS than the standard £5 for normal share purchases that you had agreed to...

    ... then to decry them as liars and threaten to instigate a complaint with the ombudsman is bonkers.

    - It costs £5 to buy shares.

    - If you have incoming dividend income which is sufficient to buy new shares in the same company, they will let you participate in a special program to reinvest that incoming money for LESS than £5.

    If they forget to tell you about that special offer (which won't be relevant to many people, self included, who don't reinvest incoming dividends back into the exact same company the same time they arrive) and so you think it is going to cost you the full £5; and then you read more about their services and discover they have a better deal so it will be only (say) £2 on a £100 transaction instead of £5. The natural reaction shouldn't be to say, "I will contact the FOS if they try to charge me £2, because I understood that any share purchase should be £5".
    • redux
    • By redux 16th Sep 18, 1:55 PM
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    A recent direct example to confirm iWeb charges for dividend reinvestment:

    74 @1.0616 = 78.56, broker charge 1.57, stamp duty 0.39

    That could be a marginally cheaper £1 charge at HL, but the other quarterly dividends are lower, so only about 50p charge at iWeb. On the other hand I have some holdings at HL which earn them about £4.50 a year, which would be £9 at iWeb.

    As I suggested, it's splitting hairs over a few pence or couple of quid at this level, but for someone with 15 or 20 significant holdings and reinvesting dividends it will be worth considering different platform's charges, might be worth £100 to £300 or more a year.
    Last edited by redux; 16-09-2018 at 4:58 PM.
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