Best stock trading apps for 2023

We continuously analyse the fees and features from the best UK investment apps, scoring all platforms so you can quickly see our top picks.

Looking for your ideal investing platform? We’ve searched far and wide to test, score, and rate all the best trading apps and platforms from across the UK. Using your phone or smart device to invest means you have global markets at your fingertips. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced investor, we’ve got you covered.

Best for 0% commission
eToro Free Stocks logo
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Copy picks from top traders
Commission-free trades
Receive dividend payments
Invest in fractional shares
Best for US shares
CMC Invest share dealing account logo
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Try Plus free for 3 months
0% commission on trades
Choose from 3000+ stocks
Real-time live pricing
Best for ETFs
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Discounts for regular investing
13,000+ shares to invest in
Choose from over 5,000 ETFs
Exclusive out-of-hours trading

Finder’s best trading apps and investment platforms in the UK, December 2023

Our top pick for 0% commission

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eToro is our pick for the best 0% commission trading app because it’s free to use and there’s no commission to pay when buying or selling stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

What sets it apart from other 0% commission trading options is the fact that there’s also no commissions or management fees for its “Smart Portfolios”, which are ready-made thematic portfolios created by expert analysts. And, it’s also free to use its highly-popular CopyTrader feature, allowing you to copy trades from other investors for no cost.

There are a few additional fees to be aware of, such as a $5 withdrawal and 0.5% foreign exchange (FX) fees. Unfortunately, you have to pay an FX fee every time you deposit or withdraw money because eToro is all denominated in US dollars. There’s also an initial $50 deposit to bear in mind.

Our top pick for ETFs

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On IG, there are over 5,000 exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that you can invest in. ETFs are a type of security containing a whole bundle of assets, and are listed on stock exchanges. ETFs are great investments for beginners because you get diversity built in, and they’re an easier way to invest in whole sectors and markets. They allow you to invest in lots of different stocks with a single transaction, which can also lower your trading fees.

IG is a great provider to choose if you want to learn how to invest. It helps you gain knowledge from a few different angles. When we tried it out, we particularly liked the free demo account. You can figure out how to trade the same way you’d learn any skill - by having a go and practising. The demo account is risk free as it uses virtual money, but works in exactly the same way as the real thing. Once you’ve got the knack of it, you can get going with real money if you decide you want to go ahead.

IG’s platform is an all rounder — you can invest in an ISA, SIPP, and a general investment account (GIA). For beginners, it has ready-made portfolios, as well as individual shares for those that want to pick their own stocks. There are some additional investment types for experienced investors as well - it’s a platform with plenty of depth.

So many options can be a bit overwhelming for beginners, but IG provides good tools to help you learn and grow as an investor.

Our top pick for US shares

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CMC Invest is a relatively new share dealing platform, but it’s already making waves.

If you’re interested in US stocks, we think there’s no place better to invest. The platform now has a huge roster of US stocks - over 3,000! There’s also no commission to pay when trading US shares, which is why we’ve made CMC Invest our top pick for investing across the pond.

Along with being the best trading app for US shares, CMC Invest continually adds new features and tools, quickly establishing itself as a firm favourite amongst retail investors in the UK. There’s no minimum deposit, and you can even earn 2% uncapped interest on idle cash.

CMC Invest offers a free “Core” plan or a paid “Plus” plan. Unlike some platforms, you can invest in the full range of stocks with the free plan. But, if you want to use an ISA or access more in-depth analysis tools for researching US and UK shares, you should check out the Plus subscription.

Our top pick for ready-made and managed portfolios

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Challenger InvestEngine has quickly made investors take notice with its extremely low fees for exchange-traded funds (ETFs). It’s our top pick for ready-made and managed portfolios because it offers excellent value compared with other robo-advisors. And the app is a joy to use.

You can create a free DIY portfolio or make the most of its low-cost robo-advisor service for a fixed 0.25% fee. There’s a healthy collection of over 500 ETFs on offer, tracking assets and markets from across the globe.

InvestEngine also lets you quickly see an ETF’s ESG credentials if that’s your jam. If not, you’ll still enjoy the portfolio “look-through” feature to see the inner details of the companies, sectors, and regions you’re investing in.

We found that using the app’s one-click portfolio rebalancing makes managing your DIY portfolio a piece of cake.

Our top pick for customer satisfaction

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Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) was a winner in the Finder Customer Satisfaction Awards 2023 - 86% of respondents in our 2023 customer satisfaction survey said they’d recommend HL to a friend. It’s known for great service and great features, none of which comes cheap.

With HL, you can invest in an ISA, a SIPP, and a JISA/junior SIPP, if you have children you’d like to invest for. HL has a trading fee of £11.95 (or £5.95 for frequent traders), which is higher than many of its rivals. If you’re trading less than £1,000, you could end up paying more in fees than you make in profit.

But, in return for the pricier commissions, you get significantly more features and better customer service. You can access detailed information about investments, and guides that can help you make better trading decisions. The HL app lets you keep track of your investments from anywhere in the world - from your bed to the top of Mount Everest (assuming you have the mobile data).

Our top pick for international trading

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Saxo is a global brokerage, and of all the platforms and apps we’ve reviewed, it takes the top spot for international trading because Saxo’s app offers a vast range of investments from over 50 global stock exchanges.

You’ll be swimming in international waters comfortably with over 22,000 UK and overseas shares to choose from. But it’s worth noting that when you’re buying international shares, the FX fee is 1%.

You can invest in an ISA and a SIPP with Saxo for tax efficiency. And experienced investors will appreciate the wide range of tools, in-depth research, and expert webinars. There’s also a demo account, which lets you buy virtual shares and has a simulator to let you see how real international events would impact your portfolio.

Our top pick for safety and security features

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interactive investor (ii) is one of the most trusted brand names in the investing industry, and for good reason.

The platform is our top pick for safety features because it scored flawlessly against our security criteria. Features like 128-bit SSL encryption, constant system monitoring, and biometric login provide some peace of mind, but, you can also draw comfort from the fact that ii has been around for over 30 years and is now part of a FTSE 250 firm, abrdn.

It’s not the cheapest investing platform available, but if safety and security are your main concerns, ii takes this seriously and does everything in its power to keep your investments safe.

Our top pick for low fees

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Trading 212 is our top pick for low fees because it’s a hard platform to beat when it comes to offering the lowest fees to investors.

Along with zero trading commissions, Trading 212 has no platform fee (or any added cost to use an ISA) and a competitive FX fee of 0.15%.

Aside from liking its low fees, we were impressed by the overall feel and look of the trading app - it’s to the point and presents all the essential information investors need to know. And it’s colourful, too.

Our top pick for beginners

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Freetrade is a modern take on investing, known for its hot pink app and low fees. It’s aimed at beginners who want to dip their toes into the choppy waters of the stock market. When our experts tried it out, we found it was super easy to negotiate our way around, find investments and make trades. With 4.5 stars out of 5, and a simple, easy design, it was the best investment app for beginners in our analysis.

Freetrade’s fees are its main draw - you can trade with zero commission on a huge selection of shares, including US stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and investment trusts. It charges between 0.39% and 0.99% in FX fees for overseas shares. And if you want to invest in an ISA, you can get one with its “Standard” plan from £4.99 per month.

Freetrade’s tools allow investors to better understand the stocks they're buying and cover price targets, analyst ratings and additional stock fundamentals. It’s also trialling a desktop trading platform. These added tools make Freetrade suitable for more experienced investors as well as beginners.

Freetrade was a winner in the Finder Share Dealing Innovation Awards 2022.

Our top pick for social and community features

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If you’re interested in a more social and community-focused investing experience, Webull ticks a lot of boxes.

After we tested out all the major trading apps, Webull was our top pick for connecting with like-minded investors. We liked having the option to create posts and polls on the main feed and engage in constructive investing-related gossip with other users.

Along with enabling you to follow and connect with your fellow “Webullers”, the free app is jam-packed with plenty of tools and in-depth analysis to help you sharpen your trading skills.

Webull won the 2023 Finder Investing Innovation Newcomer Award, judged by an expert panel, who felt it offered excellent features in an affordable package.

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What investment platform has the lowest fees?

You’ll face a few different platform fees when you start trading using an app on your phone or tablet. We’ve listed some of the most popular trading apps below (from our partner investment platforms) and covered the main costs. This isn’t an exhaustive list and won’t include all the charges.

Check out our review of each platform to see more about the fees you can expect to pay. Sadly, even with investing, there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

RankProviderCosts ratingMinimum depositPlatform chargeTrading feeFrequent-trader feeForeign-exchange fee
1stDegiro★★★★★£0£0UK: UK: £1.75 + £1
US: €1 + €1
EU: €3.90 + €1
3rdHargreaves Lansdown★★★★★£1£0£11.95£5.951%
4thinteractive investor★★★★★£0£4.99-£19.99£3.99 (free regular investing)£01.5%
5thStake★★★★★£50£0US: £0N/A0.5%
6thSaxo★★★★★£00.12% per year£8N/A1%
7thIG★★★★★£0£0UK: £8
US: £10
EU: 0.1% (min €10)
UK: £3
US: £0
EU: 0.1% (min €10)
8thCMC Invest★★★★★£0£0£0N/A0.5%
9thLightyear★★★★★£0£0UK: £1
US: 0.1% ($1 max)
EU: €1

Best trading app providers for customer satisfaction

We asked people who’d used a share dealing platform within the previous 12 months to rate their satisfaction with the service they received and whether they’d recommend the provider to a friend. Our independent survey of 805 share dealing customers was carried out in December 2022.

We have shown both survey results for the brands listed in the table below and used these ratings to decide the winners of our awards. Where there was a draw on the satisfaction star rating, we used the “would recommend” percentage as a tie-breaker.

RankTrading appOverall satisfactionWould recommend
1Hargreaves Lansdown★★★★★86%
13Invest engine★★★★★76%
14interactive investor★★★★★73%

How to choose a trading app or platform

Choosing the best trading app ins’t a one-size-fits-all decision. Along with your individual style of investing, you’ll also want to know what an app looks like and how it performs on your device. There can be subtle differences between the Android and iOS versions of trading apps. But it’s not all about good looks. Finding the right investment platform shouldn’t just be a case of picking one that looks sleek on your device.

There are loads of different things that you should consider when choosing the best trading app, such as:

  • Fees. There are a few different fee structures on investing platforms. Some are commission-free (but not fee-free), some platforms charge a flat fee, while others charge based on how much you invest. It’s not all about commission, either — look at withdrawal fees, deposit fees, foreign exchange fees and inactivity fees.
  • What you can trade. You might want to buy individual shares, ETFs and funds; or you might prefer a ready-made portfolio. Make sure you can invest in all the stock exchanges and markets you want to.
  • How easy the platform is to use. Some platforms are designed for more experienced investors, so it might be complex or tricky to use. On our reviews, we’ve explained what type of investor each platform is suitable for.
  • Market research and tools. The tools available on the platform can be helpful in understanding your investments, but be careful not to pay more for a platform that has tools you won’t use.
  • Demo account. If there’s a demo account available, you can try out the platform without risking any real money. This is a nice touch if you’re a newbie to investing.

Are trading apps safe?

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Finder expert Zoe Stabler answers

Trading apps that are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) are generally safe to invest with. They are required to keep your money in a ring fenced account (which means the money is kept separate from their business funds), and if they were to go bust, you’d be covered by up to £85,000 per account should you lose out financially from their insolvency.

There’s no guarantee that you’ll make a profit, it’s also possible that your investments will go down in value. You can protect yourself somewhat by investing in a well diversified portfolio.

How do the 10 most popular stocks compare?

NVIDIA is leading the 10 most popular stocks in the UK, ahead of Tesla and Meta. Track their performance in the chart below.


You can also see the 5-year performance of each of these shares in our individual guides for Nvidia, Meta, Tesla, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, Alibaba, Nio and Paypal.

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Expert comment: Arm IPO

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Finder investing expert, George Sweeney, comments

A surprisingly strong start to trading for Arm has seen its share price break the $60 mark, substantially above what most analysts predicted. This could be partly due to the fact that the IPO became oversubscribed, providing leverage to demand a higher price. Even so, Owners of Arm (SoftBank) had been pushing for an even higher valuation after it paid $16bn to acquire 25% of Arm from one of its own venture capital funds, Vision Fund.

Although this is an exciting opportunity to invest in a chipmaker in its early stages, it will be a tough challenge for Arm to grow and keep pace with the more well-established global players. As an example, Nvidia grew 127% in their first year of trading back in 1999 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Retail investors should also be alert to the risk of the stock price to fall back after this initial flurry of interest.

Amidst all the noise of this IPO, it's worth remembering that listing on the FTSE could have been a logical move for the british-based firm and it would have been the one of the largest 14 constituents of the FTSE 100 based on its live market cap. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case and is a reminder of the struggles that London is having post-Brexit.

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Next steps once you’ve found the right trading app

Once you’ve decided on the right investing platform for your investing style, the next step is to sign up.

To make the process as smooth as possible, you’ll want to have your bank and personal details to hand (including your NI number). Some trading apps will be able to get you up and running within minutes, but some may take a little longer.

If you’re looking to make your first investment but don’t know where to start, we have an investing for beginners hub with plenty of guides for first-time investors like you.

All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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    DJune 8, 2023

    Are all these platform you have listed FCA check ? and trusted?

      LizJune 8, 2023Finder

      Hi. All the platforms we list are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK, or deemed as authorised by the FCA. We include ratings from customers to show what they think of platforms they’ve used. Deposits on platforms which are based in the UK would be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the provider went bust, but that’s not the case for platforms based abroad, eg DEGIRO. More on this in the box about safety in our best trading apps guide.

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    michaelJune 6, 2023

    Is Tradervesta a reliable trading platform

      LizJune 6, 2023Finder

      Hi Michael. This isn’t a platform we’ve reviewed. If you’ve decided to invest, we’d recommend choosing a trading platform that’s regulated by the FCA.

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