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Peer to Peer Lending ISAs

Downing Crowd IFISA

from Downing LLP

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Interest Rate 5.68% target return
  • Term: typically 1 – 5 years
  • Invest From: £100

Why we like it:

Downing is a long-established, FCA-authorised investment manager that brings over 25 years’ investment experience to debt-based crowdfunding. We launched the Downing Crowd platform in March 2016 and since then have raised over £40 million to support the growth of smaller UK companies, and repaid investors some £16 million of capital and £1 million interest (as at December 2017). To help manage risk, our Crowd Bonds are secured against existing assets, which means that if a borrower defaults on the bond, Downing, as security trustee, has the right to take control and use the net proceeds to repay some or all of the investors’ capital and interest.

Our monitoring fee is contingent on investors receiving their capital and interest being repaid in full.

Downing Crowd was recently awarded Best Investment Platform at the 2017 Growth Investor Awards, November 2017.

UK investors in Crowd Bonds can also now earn tax-free interest with our Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA). Capital at risk.

  • Tax-free interest on your investments through the IFISA
  • A range of fixed-term bonds to choose from
  • Downing’s fee is contingent on investors getting their capital and interest back in full
  • Capital at risk and returns not guaranteed
  • No FSCS deposit protection
  • Must be UK resident and over 18 years

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

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 eighteen months 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.

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.

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.

Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.45%
  • Term: 2 Years
  • 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)

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.25%
  • Term: 1 Year
  • 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)
Easy Access Cash ISAs

Easy Access ISA

from AA

Interest Rate (AER) 0.95%
  • Term: Easy Access

Earn 0.96% tax free/AER variable - includes a 12 month bonus rate of 0.76%. Open with £100. Unlimited free withdrawals. Transfer in ISAs held elsewhere - no limit

Flexible Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.00%
  • 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)

ISA Transfer Rules

The purpose of an ISA is to earn the highest tax-free return possible, so it stands to reason that customers should look to regularly move ISA funds into investment or savings accounts that earn the highest possible rate of return. 

ISA rules have changed recently, so many people have been left confused by the guidelines for the different types of ISAs. However, you could end up losing much of your tax benefits as you are trying to obtain a better rate of return on your money.

To ensure ISA transfers are done correctly and according to guidelines established by the Financial Services Authority, there are a few key points to keep in mind.

Initialising a ISA Transfer

One of the most important rules to follow is: never make a withdrawal from an ISA to put those funds into a different ISA.

This type of transaction counts as a withdrawal rather than a transfer, and you lose your tax shelter benefits in the process.

To initiate a transfer, begin the process at the institution that will be receiving the funds. Once they get your signature on the appropriate paperwork, they can handle the transfer process with your current institution to ensure the funds get moved according to FCA guidelines.

Knowing how to properly transfer ISA funds is an important part of getting the full benefit from your account. With these guidelines in mind, you will ensure the best rate of return on your investment each year, without the worry of losing your tax shelter advantages.

Transferring an ISA has never been easier with some banks offering you interest from day one so you don’t have to worry about delays during the switching process. In case of any delays in your transfer, most branches offer some form of guarantee so that any interest you lose out on is returned.

While ISAs can be straight forward, there are some rules to follow and it’s useful to know before you get started:

What are the Rules?

  • The rules on ISAs have been relaxed since April 2016 and you can now choose how you split your savings. Instead of choosing one ISA, you can split your allowance between stocks and shares, innovative finance as well as cash ISAs
  • Some accounts have penalties if you withdraw early, particularly fixed rate accounts. Be careful to check your provider’s rules as you could leave with less than you invested if you close early
  • You must use a transfer form if you want to transfer accounts. If you don’t follow the transfer procedure and simply withdraw the money yourself then you lose all tax benefits for that year
  • Transferring your ISAs should take no more than 15 days although transferring from a cash ISA to a stocks and shares ISA can take longer

Know Your Account Type

There is typically no penalty for transferring from one ISA to another, but that rule is dependent on the type of account you open in the first place. If your cash ISA is tied to a specific term, you may be assessed a penalty if you withdraw funds before your term is over. Read the fine print of your account agreement carefully to ensure you know when you can transfer ISA funds without problem.

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