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I have share dealing accounts with several companies (including HSBC and Charles Schwab) and Barclays Stockbrokers is by far the worst. Customer service is dreadful and I have experienced numerous problems.
i am really surprised to see anyone writing any positive reviews.
I have found that they have very high and hidden fees / margins (they cannot buy/sell shares at competitive prices) when compared to other sharedealing services.
The latest situation is that they seem to refuse to close my account. Instead they continue to claim inactivity fees via direct debit from my bank account. Huge level of incompetence, and they refuse to stand over the terms of the direct debit guarantee.
My advice is do not open an account with Barclays Stockbrokers. It's the worst service.