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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.

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.

Investment Income Plan ISAs

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.

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

Pension or ISA

Both pensions and ISAs offer a tax advantageous way to save for the future; however you may be unsure which the best vehicle for you to save with is. Which type of plan would suit you best essentially depends on how you want to save, and it is important to remember that you are not limited to having just one type product; you can have a pension, stocks and shares ISA and cash ISA if you wish to.

Accessibility

In early age it is important to consider that you will have little access to your pension savings before your 55th birthday, should you ever need them. Younger savers then may favour an Individual Savings Account (ISA) as they may need to access their savings before they reach the state pension age for things such as the deposit on a mortgage. Your specific circumstances will therefore likely affect at what ratio would be best for you to invest in ISAs and pensions.

Pensions

Are often made available through employers, called workplace schemes these work by contributions being taken automatically from your salary, employers often make contributions as well. Other schemes include; additional voluntary contribution schemes, personal and stake holder pensions, and self-invested personal pensions.

With defined contribution schemes any money you invest into the product is income tax-free, you also benefit from gaining contributions through government income tax relief, based on your tax rate. With workplace schemes contributions are usually taken from the salary of the saver before they receive any tax deductions.

ISAs

Are a kind of tax-efficient savings account, there is currently two distinct categories of ISA: Cash and Stocks and Shares. Every eligible person is allowed to invest up to their maximum annual allowance in a stocks and shares ISA, cash ISA or a combination of both.

  • Cash ISAs – Work in a similar way to standard savings accounts offered by banks and building societies. However interest the interest that accumulates on them is paid tax-free. Providers often offer different kinds of cash ISA products such as Instant Access which usually allow unlimited free withdrawals, or fixed rate products that tend to require you to lock your savings away for a predefined period of time.
  • Stocks & Shares ISAs – Offer a tax-efficient wrapper you can use to invest in various types of financial products such as; bonds and gilts as well as stocks and shares. With this kind of ISA you do not need to pay Capital Gains Tax or Income Tax on any profits made from the increase in value of your investments, within the ISA. Tax is still paid on dividends however. It is important to remember with this kind of ISA that you could get back less than you originally put in, if the value of your investments goes down.

Lifetime ISAs

A new kind of ISA is being launched in April 2017 designed to help people save for both their first home and their retirement simultaneously, find out more about it here.

If you would like to find out more about ISAs in general you may also want to read our full guide by clicking here to learn more about their workings:

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