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What Can Cash ISAs Include?

Cash ISAs are, generally speaking, a flexible and simple way to save for the future. However, there are a few rules and regulations governing cash ISAs.
Selected ISAs

Investment ISA

from Nutmeg

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

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Easy Access Cash ISAs

Flexible Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.00%
  • Term: Easy Access

Withdraw money whenever you want, without any notice or penalties

  • Minimum deposit £1
  • Interest can be paid monthly or annually
  • Unlimited deposits and withdrawals permitted
  • Transfers in allowed
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be 16 or over to apply

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)
Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.35%
  • Term: 1 Year

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

18 Month Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.40%
  • Term: 18 Months
  • Minimum deposit £500
  • Interest can be paid monthly or annually
  • Transfers in allowed
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be 16 or over to apply
  • Early withdrawals subject to term breakage charge

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.65%
  • Term: 2 Year

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

3 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.75%
  • Term: 3 Years

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

  • 1.75% gross/AER fixed for 3 years.
  • £1,000 minimum opening balance

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)
Investment Income Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Enhanced Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income 4.35% fixed income
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 5 years

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.

  • 4.35% 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 has fallen by more than 40% at maturity from it's initial level, 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 100 Defensive Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income up to 7.30%
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank
  • Term: Maximum 8 years

If you’re looking for high income, then the ability to receive 7.30% per year even if the FTSE falls almost 20%, could be appealing.

  • Up to 7.30% per year based on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index
  • Income paid even if Index falls by 20%
  • Quarterly payments
  • Alternative option also available paying up to 5.65% pa if the FTSE doesn't drop by 40% or more
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index has fallen by more than 40% at maturity from it's initial level, 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

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 6.00%
  • Counterparty: Natixis
  • Term: Up to 10 Years

With the current record low interest rate environment, income is high up on the agenda for many investors and so the ability to receive 6% per year even if the FTSE falls by up to 25%, is certainly worth a closer look.

  • Potential monthly income: 0.5% (equivalent to 6% annually)
  • Income paid even if FTSE 100 falls by 25%
  • 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.

Investment Growth Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Maximum Potential Return 9.25% per annum
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: Up to 6 years

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 9.25% annual growth.

  • 9.25% 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
  • Alternative collateralised option also available offering potential 7.60% pa
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index has fallen by more than 40% at maturity from it's initial level, 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.

Share Dealing ISAs

Youinvest ISA

from AJ Bell

  • Trade From (frequent trader rate): £4.95
  • Trade From (standard trader rate): £9.95

Voted ‘Best ISA Provider 2017’ in the City of London Wealth Management Awards. Place 10 deals or more per month and pay only £4.95 per online deal in the next month. Deal from £1.50 and never pay more than £9.95 per online trade.

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

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.

What can you put into a cash ISA?

Before you commit to a cash ISA, check that there aren't any restrictions operating on your intended source of cash. The current HMRC rules on what can be included within a cash ISA are as follows:

  • Cash deposited in bank or building society accounts - this includes structured deposit plans.
  • National Savings and Investments products that are specially designed for ISAs - these may vary, so it's sensible to check with NS&I before you take any action.
  • Alternative finance arrangements, such as Sharia-compliant finance products.
  • Shares in companies and collective investment schemes that fail to meet the qualifying conditions for stocks and shares ISAs - if they do meet these conditions, you are free to use them as part of your stocks and shares ISA allowance instead.
  • Life insurance policies that fail to meet the qualifying conditions for the stocks and shares ISAs - again, if they do meet these conditions, you are free to use them as part of your stocks and shares ISA allowance.
  • Stakeholder cash products.
  • Stakeholder medium-term products that fail to meet the qualifying conditions for stocks and shares ISAs - those that meet the required conditions can be used as part of your stocks and shares ISA allowance. 

Who is entitled to open a cash ISA?

To be eligible for a cash ISA:

  • You must be aged 16 or over - for stocks and shares ISAs, this age limit rises to 18.
  • You must be a resident or ordinarily resident in the UK. In certain circumstances exceptions may apply - for example, if you are a Crown employee working overseas - so check with your intended cash ISA provider.
  • You must not hold more than one cash ISA in a single tax year, which runs from 6th April in one year to 5th April the next year. However, you are permitted to transfer from one cash ISA provider to another.
  • You must be the sole owner of the ISA - there's no option for joint ownership with a cash ISA because every individual has their own personal ISA allowance.

Am I permitted to transfer my cash ISA to another provider?

Generally speaking, you can transfer your cash ISA between providers without incurring any charges or penalties. If you're considering transferring your cash ISA from one provider to another, bear in mind that:

  • While there's nothing to stop you withdrawing your cash from the ISA and putting in another account, you will lose all the tax-free benefits. So, if you want to transfer your cash ISA, speak to your new ISA provider who will arrange it for you.
  • You will be asked to fill in an ISA transfer form that will allow your old ISA provider to transfer your cash to your new ISA provider.
  • If you want to transfer money that you've put into your ISA in the current tax year, you must transfer all of it in one go. You can also transfer all of the money you put into your ISA in earlier years - or a part of it - if you wish. Some cash ISA providers won't allow you to make partial transfers, so check the terms of the ISA before you apply.

To find out more about ISA transfers, visit our dedicated section.

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