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What is a Stocks and Shares ISA?

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The current ISA allowance is £20,000. Use our Stocks and Shares ISA tables below to compare a selection of market-leading ISAs .
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Stocks & Shares ISA

from Prudential

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Four unique PruFunds
  • Invest From: £50 p.m. or £500 lump sum
  • Investment Options: Lump sums, regular savings and ISA transfers

Why we like it: Choose from 4 unique PruFund Funds, each one with a different level of risk and managed by Prudential’s in-house experts, and you can keep track of your investments 24/7 using their online valuation service. Open with as little as £50 per month or a one off lump sum of £500. The application process takes around 10 minutes and they also have a simple transfer process if you already have ISAs that you wish to move across. Other benefits include one simple annual management charge and no exit fee.

Investment Income Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Enhanced Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income 4.35% fixed income
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 5 years

Why we like it: Fixed income, fixed term, monthly payments and your capital back unless the FTSE falls by more than 50%. 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.

Peer to Peer Lending ISAs

CROWD2FUND ISA

from CROWD2FUND

Allows ISA Transfers
Interest Rate Earn an estimated 8.70% APR
  • Term: 1-5 years
  • Protection Scheme: Own Scheme
  • Invest From: £10
  • Currently 0% platform default rate
  • Access to your capital
  • Balance your level of risk
  • Capital at risk
Easy Access Cash ISAs

30 Day Notice Cash ISAs

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 0.80%
  • Term: Easy Access

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

  • Early withdrawals are permitted subject to loss of interest equivalent to the notice period
  • Open account with £1000

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)
Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

3 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.25%
  • Term: 3 Years

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

  • 1.85% gross/AER fixed for 3 years.
  • £1,000 minimum opening balance

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

3 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Bank of Cyprus

Interest Rate (AER) 1.42%
  • Term: 3 Years


  • Minimum deposit £500
  • Available to individual applicants aged 16 or over
  • Access to funds before the end of the term is subject to a fee equivalent to six months’ interest

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.20%
  • Term: 2 Year

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

2 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Bank of Cyprus

Interest Rate (AER) 1.32%
  • Term: 2 Years


  • Minimum deposit £500
  • Available to individual applicants aged 16 or over
  • Access to funds before the end of the term is subject to a fee equivalent to six months’ interest

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.00%
  • Term: 1 Year

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Bank of Cyprus

Interest Rate (AER) 1.22%
  • Term: 1 Year


  • Minimum deposit £500
  • Available to individual applicants aged 16 or over
  • Access to funds before the end of the term is subject to a fee equivalent to six months’ interest

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)

What is a Stocks and Shares ISA?

You are able to invest anything up to the tax threshold for that year and choose to have it spread across a Cash, Stocks and Shares and Innovative Finance ISA or consolidated within one account.

A Stocks and Shares ISA is a tax-efficient way to invest. Despite the name, you can invest in many things besides Stocks and Shares, all with varying levels of risk.

As well as shares you can also invest in:

  • Investment trusts
  • Open Ended Investment Companies (OEICs)
  • Unit trusts
  • Government bonds (Gilts)
  • Corporate bonds

A Stocks and Shares ISA can be a good way to put aside some money each month or invest some extra cash. This kind of account is not advised if you don’t have any other savings or are in debt because you won’t be able to access your money easily if you need to and you could make losses.

However, Stocks and Shares ISAs have the potential to provide better returns than any other savings account.

What to Consider when Choosing a Stocks and Shares Provider?

  • Assess the level of risk you’re willing to take, most providers can filter assets depending on the level of risk you’re willing to take or even provide you with a ready-made portfolio
  • Low risk investing tends to focus on bond funds which pay interest or dividends regularly, whereas higher risk portfolios tend to focus on property investment and the stock market
  • Providers often hold a limited amount of carefully selected options to invest in whereas others have a much larger range of funds. Work out which is right for you
  • Some providers have a simple interface with clear copy about each investment and its past performances. Make sure you find one that you find easy to use, helpful and clear
  • Be careful of management charges and account fees. All investment ISAs have some form of charge, whether that’s a trading fee or an account management fee. Make sure you know how much your ISA will be costing you before you invest
  • Some providers allow you to hold cash in your account, ready to invest whenever you choose. You can even earn interest on that money so make sure your potential provider offers this if you think you may need this option

Why Choose a Stocks and Shares ISA?

Many people are turning towards investing in light of the ever falling interest rates offered by banks. While there are risks involved, you can generally expect a good rate of interest on your investments. With many accounts now offering managed portfolios, it is now easy for people to begin investing.

It’s relatively easy to transfer your Cash ISA in to a Stocks and Shares ISA or change ISA providers and can take around 30 days. It simply involves filling in a form but be careful of penalty charges from your current provider.

You can invest your full ISA allowance of £20,000 into a stocks and shares ISA or choose to split your allowance with a Cash or Innovative Finance ISA.

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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