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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.

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  • 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%.
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FTSE 100 Enhanced Income Plan

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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

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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

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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 Up to 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

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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.

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FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out Plan

from Investec

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Maximum Potential Return 10.00% 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.

  • 10.00% 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.

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Stocks & Shares ISA

from Charles Stanley

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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.

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Vantage Stocks & Shares ISA

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Peer to Peer Growth IFISA

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ISA Option
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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
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  • 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

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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.

Neil Woodford spent 25 years at Invesco Perpetual looking after more than £30bn of assets and is arguably the best known UK fund manager of the last decade. The CF Woodford Equity Income Fund launched on 2nd June 2014 and is now open for investment through the Fair Investment Fund Supermarket at 0% initial charge.

Available for this year's ISA allowance and ISA transfers. Investors who have already used their ISA allowance can invest via our investment account. If you're ready to invest, then request an application pack or apply online

According to official Investment Management Association (IMA) figures, UK Equity Income was the most popular sector in April after achieving record net retail sales of £500m, the highest seen in the IMA UK Equity Income sector since records began in 1992. So being in at the beginning of this new fund launch in the best-selling investment sector could be a rare and exciting opportunity for long term investors.

The CF Woodford Equity Income fund

Neil Woodford is one of the UK's best known fund managers and his performance whilst at Invesco Perpetual makes him one of the most successful fund managers of recent times. So when the news that he was leaving Invesco hit the headlines back in October last year, it was understandable why many investors took note.

Now he is back with the first fund from his new venture, the CF Woodford Equity Income fund, which will have the same investment approach he employed at Invesco Perpetual, targeting capital growth and a level of income. Mr Woodford said "I will run this new fund in the same way that I have always run money, adopting the same philosophy and the same long-term approach. My passion and energy have never been stronger." The fund is available now for investment via the Fair Investment Fund Supermarket as a new ISA, ISA transfer or non-ISA investment.

Expect no changes for income investing

While past performance is no guide to the future, under Mr Woodford's management Invesco Perpetual High Income ranked first place in the IMA UK Equity Income sector and there won't be any surprises is in his own equity income strategy, the CF Woodford Equity Income fund. "It would not be possible to completely clone the precise nature of my previous fund but the strategy will be the same with the same sector biases, the same prominent positions," he says.

Market views

One of Mr Woodford's well-known sector calls that he has no intention of reconsidering anytime soon is his avoidance of banks, describing the expectation that domestic UK names will be able to pay hefty dividends again as a "myth". "These banks don't have enough capital and too much leverage so the regulator will continue to grind away and they will either have to shrink their balance sheets or grow more capital," he adds. "It would be unrealistic to expect markets over the next 3-5 years to deliver anything like the returns of the recent past."

HSBC proves the exception to this rule as the only bank holding currently in Woodford's portfolios thanks to its "better capitalized and profitable business" and more attractive level of dividend.

Woodford is more optimistic on the outlook for another area of the financial services sector following the scrapping of annuities as part of the 2014 budget. L&G has played a sizeable position in Woodford's funds and he is comfortable the changes to annuities can bring benefit for its business. He says: "L&G will look less like a traditional life insurance company and more like a fund management business going forward. It might mean lower margins but what that might also mean is less capital intensity as well."

These changes should also see equities feature more prominently in the retirement market, Woodford argues. He adds: "The fact is most people retiring today have an average life expectancy of 20-25 years so why is it not appropriate to have an equity in their investment strategy with this horizon? "To my mind equities have a very important role to play in this space and I'm delighted that the Government has taken this bold decision, I think it is great for savers."

UK Equity Income sector

Investors may be a little more surprised to hear is that Woodford's new income fund will sit within the IMA UK Equity Income sector, especially after his own Invesco Perpetual High Income fund was recently kicked out of this sector for not meeting the appropriate yield target. Woodford is confident that the dividend and yield opportunity in the current market should allow the fund to stick to the yield target for "the foreseeable future."

However the manager says he will not be pressured into chasing yield and keeping income targets if this backdrop should change. He adds: "I recognise the importance of delivering yield and dividend growth to the client. But what is much more important is total return and protecting capital. Sometimes it can be entirely inappropriate to try and maximize yield and have to deliver an income target. We have to be vigilant about that."

A final word of caution

But with the FTSE continuing its upwards push, some might question if now really is a good time to set-up a UK equity fund? Although Woodford says he has never been interested in timing markets he believes that against this current backdrop a fund manager's role is likely to become "more challenging" as markets struggle to deliver the level of returns seen in recent years.

He says: "It would be unrealistic to expect markets over the next 3-5 years to deliver anything like the returns that they have in the recent past. So the job of a fund manager now is to make sure you don't expose investors to overvalued equities."

The manager also sounds caution on the current optimism surrounding the UK economy and when asked if the UK property market is becoming overheated responds in a nutshell: "Yes". He highlights consumer debt and the UK's balance of payments as particular risks to a sustainable recovery as well as external weakness in the Eurozone, emerging markets and even the US. There is plenty to worry about and although there is almost universal optimism around about UK growth I would voice a note of caution as to whether this growth is deliverable."

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Source: Fundweb interview, May 2014

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.

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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