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Investment Fund Supermarket ISAs

Astute Capital Stocks & Shares ISA

from Astute Capital

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: No
  • Fund Choice: Managed Portfolios
  • Invest From: £2,500

Why we like it: Astute Capital Stocks & Shares ISA. Choose between four different high interest managed account options (access, income, balance or growth) which have four different fixed rate terms from 1 to 5 years. Unlike most ISA and investment accounts, there are no set up charges or management fees. Simple, online application process. Returns are based on current available rates and are not guaranteed. Your capital is at risk.More info...

Click & Invest Stocks & Shares ISA

from Investec Click & Invest

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Managed Portfolios
  • Invest From: £2,500

Why we like it: In a nutshell this service helps make your ISA money work harder! Investec Click & Investis an online investment service that aims to make actively managed, globally diversified investment portfolios accessible to a wider audience. Everyone deserves harder working money, and Click & Invest’s goal is to make a positive difference to more financial futures. Their experts build and manage investment portfolios from £2,500 online, intelligently blending expertise with high-quality service. With a £2,500 minimum investment, Click & Invest aims to deliver an exceptional service for a straightforward fee. They offer both stocks and shares ISAs and general investment accounts, with a seamless online experience, with dedicated 24/7 support available. Capital at risk.More info...

Interative Investor Stocks & Shares ISA

from Interactive Investor

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 40,000+ UK and global investments
  • Invest From: £25 pm or £100 single

Why we like it: ISA prize draw – win £20,000. Subscribe £2,500 or more to your 2018/19 ISA for automatic entry. Terms and conditions apply. An award-winning ISA that gives you complete control. The second largest platform in the UK with the widest choice of investment options in the market including funds, investment trusts, ETF’s and more. Open online in less than 10 minutes. Access to expert independent ideas and analysis. Low cost fees and trading. Capital at risk

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. Capital at risk

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 7.20% 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 5.40% 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:
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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.

What is a Cash ISA?

A Cash ISA is a way for you to save a set allowance per year in a useful tax-free wrapper. While you can only have one of each kind of ISA per year, you can split your allowance between the three kinds of ISA: Cash, Stocks and Shares and Innovative Finance.

Why have a Cash ISA?

There are many benefits to owning a Cash ISA. We’ve listed a few below:

There’s no income tax: this is perhaps the most obvious advantage. ISAs are tax-free meaning you can save on top of the Personal Savings Allowance

Flexible Access to your money: unless you have fixed rate account which tend to be more strict about withdrawals, you should be able to access your money quickly and easily

Ability to transfer: ISA providers have to let you transfer, although they could charge a fee for doing so. As long as the account you’re planning to move to accepts transfers, then you can keep on top of your savings goals by making sure your money is always in an account that’s working hard for you

How Much Will I Save with a Cash ISA?

Whatever your savings goals and whatever tax bracket you fall in to, you can pay 0% on any of the money held within the Cash ISA wrapper.

This sounds good but does it actually mean?

Simply: if you are a standard 20% tax-payer then you would usually pay 20% tax on your savings about the personal savings allowance; if you’re a higher rate taxpayer then you can expect to pay 40%.

By using your cash ISA allowance can therefore save you money by allowing you to keep 100% of any interest you earn.

What you save does depend on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

Can I Transfer my Old ISA?

Usually, but It does depends on your circumstances. For example, if you have some money saved as a lump sum from a previous tax year, then you'll normally be permitted to transfer this from one cash ISA to another, or to a stocks and shares ISA. This transfer shouldn't affect your ISA investment allowance for the current tax year.

What Cash ISA Should I Choose?

Choosing between a fixed rate ISA and an Instant Access ISA can be tough.

An instant access cash ISA might be the right choice for you if:

  • You would like a good rate of interest, plus the ability to get hold of your money quickly if necessary
  • You need to take advantage of your annual tax-free savings allowance but only have a small amount to deposit - instant access ISAs can usually be opened from as little as £1
  • You want to be paid regular interest as instant access ISAs usually offer monthly or quarterly interest

A fixed-rate cash ISA might be right for you if:

  • You are happy to put your money aside for a set period of time - this usually allows you to accrue a higher rate of interest than you might get with an instant access cash ISA
  • You want to take advantage of your tax-free savings allowance and have a lump sum to deposit - many fixed-rate cash ISAs require an initial deposit of around £1000

You can use our services and tables to help you choose the right option for you.

Top tips for making the most of your cash ISA

  • You can only have one type of cash ISA in each financial year, so research your options carefully. Whether you choose a fixed-rate or instant access cash ISA, give some thought to your savings goals beforehand to help you determine what's right for you.
  • Remember that you can't carry your tax-free allowance over from one financial year to the next - so if you've got enough cash to hit your limit, stash it in an ISA.
  • Because a cash ISA operates on a year-long basis, it's a good way to try your hand at saving without committing yourself to anything long-term. It's also a great way to save for a specific event like a wedding, holiday, or starting a family.
  • Once you've set up your cash ISA, make sure you still keep an eye on the interest rates available from other providers. You may be able to switch cash ISA providers without incurring a charge.
  • To make life easier, set up a direct transfer from your current account into your cash ISA to make sure that you put aside a certain amount each month without fail.
  • Don't forget that you've got the option of opening a stocks and shares ISA, too. For more on this, see our page on stocks and shares ISAs.
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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How can the best 1-year Cash ISA work for me?

19th March 2019

It’s your last chance to get some savings locked away in a Cash ISA for this tax year. But you need to act quickly: some providers need to receive online applications by Thursday 21 March, in order to receive any documents they request from you, and your money, by 28 March.

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