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The ISA allowance for 2019/20 is £20,000. Use our cash ISA tables below to compare a selection of market-leading cash ISAs for instant access, fixed rates and alternative ideas to maximise your tax free returns.

Deposit Cash ISAs

The Callable Deposit Plan

from IDAD

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 7.00% pa or 2 x FTSE growth
  • Deposit Taker: Goldman Sachs International Bank
  • Term: Up to 7 years

Why we like it: The previous issue of this plan had already proved popular - this latest release offers the potential for 7% p.a. interest, along with the same capital protection you would get with a traditional cash deposit.”

  • Plan can be ended early by Deposit Taker
  • 1.75% per quarter (7% pa) if plan ends early
  • 2 x FTSE 100 Index growth if plan runs full term
  • Capital protected product*
  • Eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
  • If plan runs full term returns not guaranteed. You may only receive a return of your original capital
  • Minimum investment £10,000
  • If you withdraw your money during the plan you may get back less than you originally invested

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

Important Information: * The return of your initial deposit depends on the ability of the deposit taker (Goldman Sachs) 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.

Easy Access Cash ISAs

30 Day Notice Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.30%
  • Term: Easy Access

'Winner' – ISA Provider of the Year for the 5th year running Consumer Moneyfacts Awards 2011-15. 30 days notice required to withdraw

  • 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)

Instant ISA Saver

from Nationwide

Interest Rate (AER) up to 0.50%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Instant access
  • 0.30% interest on balances between £1 and £9,999, 0.40% on balances between £10,000 and £49,999, 0.50% on balances of £50,000 and above
  • Minimum deposit £1
  • Open and manage your account online or in branch
  • Covered by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • Must be 16 or older
  • Must be UK resident

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

ISA Saver

from Halifax

Interest Rate (AER) 0.60%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • Interest paid annually
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

Easy ISA

from Santander

Interest Rate (AER) 0.60%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • FSCS Protected
  • 0.60% for balances of £40,000 or over, 0.20% for balances under £40,000
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

Cash ISA Saver

from Lloyds Bank

Interest Rate (AER) 0.35%
  • Term: Instant Access
  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • Interest paid annually
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident
  • Must be aged 16 or older

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

FTSE 100 6 Year Deposit Plan

from Investec

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 42.00% at end of term
  • Deposit Taker: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 6 years

"This plan offers a potential fixed return of 42%, provided the FTSE 100 Index at the end of the term is higher than its value at the start of the plan (subject to averaging). As with other cash deposits, your capital is also eligible for FSCS* protection.

The 42% return is equivalent to 6.38% compound growth each year, which is well over double the best fixed rate bond, and more than 4% per year higher than the top fixed rate Cash ISA.

The downside is that the return is not guaranteed, and so if the FTSE ends lower, you only get your initial capital back.”

  • 42% fixed return if the Index is higher
  • Capital protected product*
  • Eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
  • 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

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

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.

FTSE 100 Kick Out Deposit Plan

from Investec

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 6.00% per annum
  • Deposit Taker: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: Up to 6 years

"By offering full capital protection plus a potential 6% per year, this plan offers the opportunity to beat low savings rates as well as tackle the effects of rising inflation."

  • Opportunity to mature early at year 3, 4 or 5
  • Capital Protected Product*
  • Eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • ISA transfers accepted
  • Short/medium term alternative to fixed rates
  • Minimum single Investment - £3,000
  • This plan is not the same as a bank or building society deposit account and you may not receive your initial deposit in full if your capital is withdrawn early
  • Limited offer - deadlines apply. May close early if oversubscribed

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

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.

FTSE 100 3 Year Deposit Plan

from Investec

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 15.00% at end of term
  • Deposit Taker: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 3 years
  • 15% fixed return if the Index is higher
  • Capital protected product*
  • Eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)
  • 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

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

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.

FTSE 100 6 Year Defensive Deposit Plan

from Investec

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 22.50% at end of term
  • Deposit Taker: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 6 years
  • 22.5% fixed return if the Index is higher than 75% of its Initial Level
  • Capital protected product*
  • Minimum - £3,000
  • Medium/longer term alternative to fixed rates
  • 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.

Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

3 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.90%
  • Term: 3 Years

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

  • £1,000 minimum opening balance

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) 1.80%
  • Term: 2 Year

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

1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA

from Aldermore

Interest Rate (AER) 1.60%
  • Term: 1 Year

Open a 1 Year Fixed Rate Cash ISA with Aldermore Bank to get a great return. 

NEW PLAN: Up To 8% pa Potential Income

Or 2.5x any rise in the FTSE 100 Index, with no upper limit...

“With the best traditional savings rates offering around 2.5% per year, and significantly lower for Cash ISAs, the 

potential for 8% from a plan with full capital protection makes for a compelling headline. The new Callable Deposit Plan offers two potential returns. The first is if the deposit taker decides to 'call' (end early) the plan, which it can do at the end of each quarter after the second year. If it does, you will receive 2% for each quarter since the start of the plan, equivalent to 8% interest per year (not compounded).

However, If the deposit taker does not end the plan early and it runs the full seven years, you will receive 2.5 times any rise in the FTSE 100 Index over the term of the plan, with no upper limit. For example, if the FTSE rises 10%, you will receive 25%, along with a full return of your initial capital. If the FTSE is lower at the end of the term, you will not receive any interest and only a return of your original capital.

With traditional savings rates failing to inspire, this plan offers the potential for significantly higher returns but without risking your capital.”

Oliver Roylance-Smith, head of savings and investment

This plan is as a Cash ISA and accepts ISA transfers, along with non-ISA deposits. Application deadlines apply.

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Savings Focus: a potential 6.0% from your savings...

Although inflation over the last couple of months has fallen slightly to 2.50%, this is still much higher than you can get from many traditional savings products, such as fixed rate bonds. And if you take a look at the range of Cash ISA rates on offer, the options are even worse as these savings rates are generally much lower than their non-ISA equivalents.

6 Percent Deposit Plan

Against this challenging environment for savers, the  Deposit Kick Out Plan from Investec Bank has proved to be popular choice with a wide range of our new and existing savers.

By linking your return to the FTSE 100 Index, this plan offers a potential 6.0% per year (not compounded). Although it has a maximum term of six years, it will ‘kick out’ early provided the value of the FTSE 100 Index at the end of each year from year 3 onwards, is higher than its value at the start of the plan. That’s a potential 18% after three years, 24% after four years, etc.

The plan is deposit based and so offers the same FSCS protection as a normal fixed rate bond, but since the rate is not guaranteed, it should be considered as an alternative to traditional savings products. With this in mind, if you think savings rates will remain at their current historical lows, alternatives such as these might well be worth a 


What is a cash ISA?

A cash Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a tax-free savings account which allows you to save up to a set amount of money per financial year without paying any tax on it,  you can check the current cash ISA limit by clicking here. You need to be a UK resident or Crown employee aged 16 or over to open an account. You can only have one cash ISA per tax year, but you can also have a different type of ISA, known as a  stocks and shares ISA, simultaneously.

Benefits of a cash ISA

There are three key benefits to a cash ISA:

  • No income tax - you don't pay tax on any interest you earn from the cash in your ISA.
  • Easy access - if you choose an instant access cash ISA (rather than a fixed-rate cash ISA) it's a convenient way to save at a good interest rate while retaining fast and easy access to your money, should you need it.
  • Easy transfers - if you find an ISA provider that offers a better deal than your current provider, you can transfer your cash ISA to them.

How much tax can I save with a cash ISA?

The good news is that whatever your tax bracket, you'll pay 0% tax on any savings held in a cash ISA. Compare this to the usual tax rates on savings:

If you're a basic rate taxpayer...
you would usually pay 20% tax on interest earned from savings.

If you're a higher rate taxpayer...
you would usually pay 40% tax on interest earned from savings.

If you pay tax at the additional higher rate...
you would usually pay 50% tax on interest earned from savings.

If you pay the 'savings rate' of tax for savings...
you would usually pay 10% tax on interest earned from savings.

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

The above information gives you a general idea of what you could save - remember that it depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

Can I transfer a cash ISA?

It depends on your circumstances. If you've got some money saved as a lump sum from a previous tax year, you'll usually 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.

Which type of cash ISA is right for me?

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

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

Use our services to help you choose

Like any investment option or financial service, it's important to research your options before committing to a cash ISA. You might find our services useful for:

Comparing cash ISAs, including instant access ISAs and fixed-rate ISAs

Comparing cash ISAs with other savings options

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 can usually switch cash ISA providers without incurring any 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 much can I pay into an ISA?

21st March 2019

Each tax year, there's a limit set by the government to the amount you can save and invest in ISAs: your “annual ISA allowance”. The allowances are intended to reward savers and encourage us to invest more to support our future retirements, without creating a tax haven that can be taken advantage of by very wealthy individuals who just want to avoid paying tax.

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