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What is an Ethical ISA?
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Investment Income Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Enhanced Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income 4.56% fixed income
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 5 years

Why we like it: Fixed income, fixed term, monthly payments and your capital back unless the FTSE falls by more than 50%. By offering a high fixed income rather than a variable income based on the performance of the stock market, this plans offers something different to income seekers.

  • 4.56% income paid regardless of the performance of the FTSE 100
  • Monthly income
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 50% during the term and finishes lower than its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £3,000
  • An arrangement fee applies for this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term

Important Information: Structured investment plans are not capital protected and are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for default alone. There is a risk of losing some or all of your initial investment due to the performance of the underlying investment. There is also a risk that the company backing the plan known as the Counterparty may be unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated.

FTSE Monthly Income Plan

from Focus

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income 4.00% fixed income
  • Counterparty: Credit Suisse AG
  • Term: 6 Years

Why we like it: Fixed income, fixed term, monthly payments and your capital back unless the FTSE falls by more than 40%. By offering a high fixed income rather than a variable income based on the performance of the stock market, this plans offers something different to income seekers.

  • 4.00% income paid regardless of the performance of the FTSE 100
  • Monthly income
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 40% from opening level at maturity, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £5,000
  • An arrangement fee applies for this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Important Information: Structured investment plans are not capital protected and are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for default alone. There is a risk of losing some or all of your initial investment due to the performance of the underlying investment. There is also a risk that the company backing the plan known as the Counterparty may be unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated.

FTSE Monthly Contingent Income Plan

from Meteor

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income Up to 7.01%
  • Counterparty: Natixis
  • Term: Up to 10 Years
  • Potential monthly income: 0.584% (equivalent to 7.008% annually)
  • Income paid even if FTSE 100 falls by 20%
  • Potential to kick out quarterly from year 2 onwards
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfers and direct investments
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 40% during the term and finishes lower than its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £5000
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term

Important Information: Structured investment plans are not capital protected and are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for default alone. There is a risk of losing some or all of your initial investment due to the performance of the underlying investment. There is also a risk that the company backing the plan known as the Counterparty may be unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated.

Annual Income Plan

from Mariana

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income Potential 6.50%
  • Counterparty: Natixis
  • Term: Maximum 7 years
  • Income paid even if FTSE 100 falls by up to 20%
  • Annual payments
  • Plan has the potential to kick out early every year from the end of year 3 onwards
  • Minimum investment £10,000
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

Important Information: Structured investment plans are not capital protected and are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for default alone. There is a risk of losing some or all of your initial investment due to the performance of the underlying investment. There is also a risk that the company backing the plan known as the Counterparty may be unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated.

Investment Growth Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Maximum Potential Return 10.25% per annum
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: Up to 6 years

Why we like it: Kick out plans seem to attract particular interest when the market is at historically high levels since they can provide competitive returns even if the FTSE stays relatively flat with the potential for 10% annual growth.

  • 10.25% for each year (not compounded) provided the FTSE 100 finishes higher than its starting value (subject to averaging)
  • Potential to mature early, from year 1 onwards
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 50% during the term and finishes lower than its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £3,000
  • Product designed to be held for the full term

Important Information: Structured investment plans are not capital protected and are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for default alone. There is a risk of losing some or all of your initial investment due to the performance of the underlying investment. There is also a risk that the company backing the plan known as the Counterparty may be unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated.

Selected ISAs

Stocks & Shares ISA

from Virgin Money

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Choice of six funds
  • Invest From: £1
  • Investment Options: Lump sums, regular savings and ISA transfers

Why we like it: Choice of five passively managed Funds give you easy access to different levels of risk and return. No need to spend time managing individual investments, it’s all done for you. Virgin Money’s passively managed Funds have an annual ongoing charge of 1%. Virgin Money also offers the Climate Change Fund. This only invests your money in hand-picked companies with strong environmental credentials. As it is more expensive to run, this Fund has a higher annual ongoing charge of 1.3%.
Remember, you may get back less than you invest. 

Fully Managed Stocks and Shares ISA

from Nutmeg

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Fully Managed Portfolios
  • Invest From: Min. £500 single (+ £100 pm for ISAs below £5,000)

Why we like it: Get an intelligent stocks & shares ISA portfolio - Choose a portfolio that’s fully managed by our expert team, or one designed to remain steady and rebalance automatically. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500 (plus £100 per month for ISAs below £5,000). Simple fee structures – 0.25% to 0.75% depending on how much you invest, incl VAT. Plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Regulated by the FCA and protected by the FSCS. Capital at risk.

Investment Fund Supermarket ISAs

Stocks & Shares ISA

from Charles Stanley

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 1,500+ funds
  • Invest From: £50 per month or £500 single

Why we like it: Invest through an award winning FTSE company, with extensive research and analysis and competitive charges. Choose from a range of investments including shares, funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs.

Share Dealing ISAs

Vantage Stocks & Shares ISA

from Hargreaves Lansdown

  • Trade From (frequent trader rate): £5.95
  • Trade From (standard trader rate): £11.95

Why we like it: Online trading charges based on previous month's activity. 20+ trades made in previous month is £5.95 a trade. 10-19 trades are £8.95 a trade. Less than 10 trades it’s £11.95.

Peer to Peer Lending ISAs

Peer to Peer IFISA

from Lending Crowd

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Interest Rate 6.00% target return
  • Term: No Fixed Term
  • Invest From: £1000

Why we like it: Innovative Finance ISAs (IFISA) are the new way to invest tax-free. Just like Cash and Stocks & Shares ISAs, you can invest up to £20,000 each tax year, and you don’t need to pay any personal taxes on your earnings. Lending Crowd will automatically diversify your funds across at least 20 loans through their Loan Market, with no more than 5% of your funds invested in any one loan. All repayments will be automatically reinvested.

  • No income tax or capital gains tax to pay on your profits
  • No fixed term, hold for as long as you wish
  • Also accepts ISA transfers from previous year's ISA's
  • Investments are automatically diversified across multiple business loans
  • The target rate is variable, net of ongoing management fees, estimated bad debt and before the 1% withdrawal fee
  • Capital is at risk
  • Must be aged 18 or older
  • Peer to peer lending is not covered by the FSCS

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)
Selected ISAs

My Select ISA

from Scottish Friendly

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Choice of Scottish Friendly Funds
  • Invest From: £10 per month

Why we like it: Invest from only £10 a month, lump sums from just £100 or a combination of both using your tax-free Investment ISA allowance. Once you have set up My Select (ISA), you can stop, restart, raise or lower your payments or your investments and cash in whenever you want. Your money will be invested in a My Select policy within a Scottish Friendly ISA which will then invest in a choice of funds from Scottish Friendly including stock market and bond funds.

What is an Ethical ISA?

An ethical ISA is an ISA where your money is used to invest in green, eco-friendly and ethical funds. You can invest ethically and still make money. Ethical ISAs allow you to invest in a socially responsible manner and have more say about where your money is invested. In this day and age, more and more people want more control over where their money is invested.

Ethical ISA funds are used to invest in unit trusts, gilts, the stock exchange, life assurance and many other similar ventures. They are most suitable for people who are willing to leave funds in their ISA for long periods such as five years. They are also good for people who are willing to withstand a bit more fluctuation in the value of their fund.

What Funds are Likely to be Excluded in an Ethical ISA?

While this varies from provider to provider and some are more ruthless than other, generally the following are excluded, funds derived from:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Pornography
  • Gambling
  • Fur trade
  • Armaments

Some also exclude: Oil and mining companies due to environmental concerns and human rights abuse

Some companies don’t necessarily exclude all funds associated with these industries but instead look at each fund individually and assess the track record of that particular company in terms of their human rights or green issues.

Why Choose an Investment ISA?

An investment ISA can be a good way to put aside some money each month or invest some extra cash. This kind of account is not advised if you don’t have any other savings or are in debt because you won’t be able to access your money easily if you need to and you could make losses.

However, Investment ISAs have the potential to provide better returns than any other savings account.

Some things to consider include:
  • Assess the level of risk you’re willing to take, most providers can filter assets depending on the level of risk you’re willing to take or even provide you with a ready-made portfolio
  • Low risk investing tends to focus on bond funds which pay interest or dividends regularly, whereas higher risk portfolios tend to focus on property investment and the stock market
  • Decide if you want an Ethical ISA which completely bans all funds from companies such as tobacco etc. or would like a lighter approach
  • Providers often hold a limited amount of carefully selected options to invest in whereas others have a much larger range of funds. Work out which is right for you
  • Some providers have a simple interface with clear copy about each investment and its past performances. Make sure you find one that you find easy to use, helpful and clear

Currently, you are able to invest anything up to the tax threshold and choose to have it spread across a Cash, Stocks and Shares and Innovative Finance ISA or consolidated within one account.

As you can only fund one Ethical ISA per tax year it’s a good idea to shop around before you make your choice

Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

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