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ISA Allowance

The maximum allowance you can save in an ISA each year
A ISA can provide a tax-efficient home for your savings. See our selection of the latest cash ISA deals to make sure you're getting the most from your 2018-19 cash ISA allowance.
Investment Income Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Defensive Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income up to 7.20%
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank
  • Term: Maximum 8 years

If you’re looking for high income, then the ability to receive 7.50% per year even if the FTSE falls almost 20%, could be appealing.

  • Up to 7.20% 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 5.80% 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.

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

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 10.25% 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 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.

Investment Income Plan ISAs

FTSE Monthly Contingent Income Plan

from Meteor

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income Up to 5.00%
  • 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 5.00% per year even if the FTSE falls by up to 35%, is certainly worth a closer look.

  • Potential monthly income: 0.417% (equivalent to 5.00% annually)
  • Income paid even if FTSE 100 falls by 35%
  • 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.

FTSE 100 Enhanced Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income 4.20% 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.

  • 4.20% 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.

Share Dealing ISAs

Youinvest ISA

from AJ Bell

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

Why we like it: 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

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. Annual platform fee 0.35%.

Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.65%
  • 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) 1.45%
  • 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)

ISA Allowance

The ISA Allowance changes annually.

  • The 2018-19 ISA allowance is £20,000 per person
  • You have until 5th April 2019 to make use of it
  • HMRC set the allowance every year based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as of September. 
  • The savings limit for Junior ISAs is £4,260
  • You can spread your ISA allowance between a Cash, Stocks and Shares or Innovative Finance ISA or simply place all your savings in to one of these types of accounts. You can only have one of each.

What kind of Cash ISAs are available?

Instant Access Cash ISA

This type of cash ISA allows you to withdraw your money quickly and easily whenever you need it.

Easy Access Cash ISA

This type of cash ISA allows you to withdraw money within set boundaries - for example, you may only be permitted to make a certain number of withdrawals per year.

Fixed Rate Cash ISA

This type of cash ISA is intended to provide a better rate of interest in return for locking you money away for a set period of time. However, this is not necessarily the case, so it pays to research all your cash ISA options before making a commitment as accessing your money quickly can be difficult

Structured Deposit ISA

This type of cash ISA allows you the potential to earn higher returns than you'd usually receive from savings in a regular instant access cash ISA or fixed rate cash ISA, without risking your capital.

Your capital is protected up to a value of £85,000 by the FSCS. If your investment performs well, you'll receive your capital back at the end of the term plus any income you made on the initial deposit. In the event that your investment doesn't perform well you may receive no income or capital growth, but your initial capital will be repaid in full. So, if you put £1,000 into a structured cash ISA and the market does well over the term of the ISA, you might get £1,000 capital + 15% income when your plan matures.

In the event that the market does badly, you may not receive any returns, but you'll get your capital back.

Who are Cash ISAs Useful For?

An instant access cash ISA offers straightforward access to emergency savings, while a fixed rate cash ISA can sometimes provide a better rate of return for those prepared to lock their money away for a set period of time. Structured deposit plans, which offer returns linked to the markets while also offering capital protection, are also becoming a popular way for people to use their cash ISA allowance. As with all savings accounts, it's important that you shop around for the best deal.

For a selection of cash ISA options see our tables for latest products and options from leading market lenders.

Are there any ISA Rules?

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

  • The rules on ISAs have been relaxed since April 2016 and you can now choose how you split your savings
  • 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
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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