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Investment Income Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Defensive Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income up to 7.60%
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank
  • Term: Maximum 8 years

If you’re looking for high income, then the ability to receive 7.6% per year even if the FTSE falls almost 20%, could be appealing.

  • Up to 7.6% 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 5.75% 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 9.65% 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 9.65% annual growth.

  • 9.65% 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 7.50%
  • 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 7.5% per year even if the FTSE falls by up to 15%, is certainly worth a closer look.

  • Potential monthly income: 0.625% (equivalent to 7.5% annually)
  • Income paid even if FTSE 100 falls by 15%
  • 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 Daily Accrual Income Kick Out Plan

from Mariana

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income Up to 6.60%
  • Counterparty: Natixis
  • Term: Maximum 10 years
  • Income paid even if FTSE 100 falls by up to 25%
  • Income accrued daily
  • Quarterly payments
  • Plan has the potential to kick out early every year from the end of year 3 onwards
  • Minimum investment £10,000
  • An arrangement fee applies to 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 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.

Deposit Cash ISAs

FTSE 100 4 Year Deposit Plan

from Investec

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 15.00% at end of term
  • Deposit Taker: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 4 years
  • 15% fixed return if the Index is higher
  • Capital protected product*
  • Eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Returns not guaranteed. You may only receive a return of your original capital
  • Minimum deposit £3,000
  • Plan designed to be held for full term

Important Information: * The return of your initial deposit depends on the ability of the deposit taker (Investec Bank plc) to repay your money. Structured deposits offer you the potential to earn higher returns than you would with a regular savings account. Your returns are based on the performance of an index or commodity. If the investment does not perform well you may receive no income or capital growth, but you can be confident that your capital will be repaid. You have no access to your deposit during the term of the account, typically 3 to 6 years but your original capital will be repaid in full at the end of the term. In the event that the deposit taker is unable to repay your initial investment and any returns stated you may be entitled to compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) depending on your individual circumstances.

Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Ford Money

Interest Rate (AER) 1.33%
  • 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) 1.20%
  • 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

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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Latest News

Income ISA offers up to 7.60% pa paid quarterly

9th October 2017

Inflation reached as high as 2.9% in August as reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). As a result, many individuals are looking for ways to receive more income to combat the effect of rising inflation. 

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