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How much can I invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA?

How much can I invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA?

The tax-free stock market earnings offered by Stocks and Shares ISAs look a very attractive compared with the low returns from savings accounts, and some other types of ISAs. But is there a limit to how much you can put away into this personal tax haven every year?

There are few financial questions which have a simple answer, but this is one of them.

The maximum you can pay into a tax-free Stocks and Shares (investment) ISA account in any UK tax year (ending 5 April) is: up to £20,000.

Your maximum yearly ISA investment is set by the government

In fact, the maximum amount you can pay into any kind of ISA account in a year is £20,000.

That’s your allowance for paying into tax-free ISAs as set by HMRC, and it has stayed the same since the 2017-2018 tax year.

The allowance has gradually increased from £7,000 a year back in the 1999-2000 tax year. There has been no notice that it will be increased for the 2020-2021 tax year.

Investing all in one ISA, or a mix

You can use all of your ISA allowance to pay into a Stocks and Shares ISA.

Or you can spread your allowance across the four types of ISA investment available to UK adult taxpayers:

  • Cash ISAs
  • Stocks and Shares ISAs
  • Innovative Finance ISAs
  • Lifetime ISAs

FOR EXAMPLE

This year you might choose to invest:

£10,000 with a High Income Trust ISA (a Stocks and Shares ISA)

£4,000 into a Lifetime ISA (the maximum you can put into a Lifetime ISA each year)

£5,000 into an Ethical Investment ISA (another type of Stocks and Shares ISA)

£1,000 into a Cash ISA

Do I have to pay in all at once?

You don’t have to pay in your full allowance of £20,000 – just as much as you can afford this year.

And you don’t have to pay in one lump sum.

You can do so, if you’ve just received an inheritance, cash from a house sale, or a salary bonus, for example.

But you may be wanting to put money away from monthly your earnings. In which case it’s possible to invest as little at £25 month.

You can’t pay into more than one Stocks and Shares ISA in any one year

If you’ve invested in a new Stocks and Shares ISA this year, that’s the only Stocks and Shares (investment) ISA you can pay into this year.

For example, if you opened an account with Investec’s FTSE 100 Defensive Income Plan this year, you can’t now open a YouInvest ISA with AJ Bell (another Stocks and Shares ISA provider).

See the range of Stocks and Shares ISAs you can invest in

But can mix the type of investments you make within your Stocks and Shares ISA

You may have bought Legal & General’s Stocks and Shares ISA.

Later in the year you can decide to invest in their Future World Ethical ISA as well, so long as you don’t go over your total £20,000 investment limit.

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Ethical ISAs

Can I transfer money I already have in an investment ISA into my new Stocks and Shares ISA?

Yes.

Any money you’ve already got put away in an ISA structure you can transfer over to your new account, without it counting as part of your £20,000 allowance this year.

It doesn’t have to already be in a Stocks and Shares ISA account. If the new investment account you’ve opened looks like a much better investment, you would be wise to roll some or all of your other ISA reserves into it, and possibly make a savings on some of the management fees for each account.

How many different Stocks and Shares ISA can I have?

There’s no limit to the number of different Stocks and Shares you can have. Or to how much you can earn from them, tax free.

The only limit is: only one new account of each ISA type this year.

Is there a minimum payment for opening a Stocks and Shares ISA account?

Usually, yes – the requirements will depend on the provider you go with, but will usually be around a minimum opening investment of £500.

But after that you can make monthly payments of as little as £25.

You must invest a minimum of £500 to open our Stocks and shares or Lifetime ISAs, but you can invest as little as £25 per month if you want to make regular payments. The maximum you can invest across all types of ISA under the current regulations is £20,000 for the 2019/20 tax year.

Use it, don’t lose it

Your annual ISA allowance isn’t transferable from one year to the next. If you only invest £14,000 this year, you won’t be able to add on your unused £6,000 allowance to your next year’s total.

If in doubt, put it in a Cash ISA

Most ISA providers also offer a Cash ISA account within their Stocks and Shares ISA structure. It won’t earn much, but if you haven’t decided which higher-earning investment account you want to go with before the end of the tax year, just get your spare cash into a Cash ISA so you can have it transferred over later to a different account, without it counting as part of that year’s £20,000 investment limit. 

Selected ISAs

Stocks & Shares ISA

from Legal & General

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Managed funds tailored for you or choose yourself from over 50 funds
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single

Why we like it: Legal & General can help you save for a brighter future with their stocks and shares ISA. Choose from over 50 funds, including ready-made investment options that spread your money across different investments for you and sustainable funds that seek to make a positive difference without compromising financial returns. Please remember with investments, your capital is at risk, the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

FTSE 100 Tracker Fund

from Legal & General

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 100 Index
  • Invest From: £20 pm
  • Investment Options: Provides exposure to the FTSE 100 index of the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange at a highly competitive price.

A low cost way of looking for capital growth by tracking the 100 most capitalised mature companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. You can invest up to £20,000 this tax year, with a low minimum of £100 lump sum or £20 per month, and you can manage your account easily online. 

Important: The value of investments can go down as well as up so you may get back less than you invested. This information is not a personal recommendation for any particular investment. If you are unsure about the suitability of an investment you should speak to an authorised financial adviser.

Investment Fund Supermarket ISAs

Future World Ethical ISA

from Legal & General

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Fund Choice: Managed Ethical Investment Funds
  • Invest From: £20 per month or £100 single

Why we like it: The Future World fund range range allows you to invest in funds that seek to make positive change. The Gender in Leadership UK Index Fund tilts the investments in the fund towards companies with better gender diversity, while the Future World Climate Change identifies companies that are critical to the shift to a low-carbon economy and are paying special attention to their actions.

Important: Please remember the value of your investment and any income from it may fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. You may get back less than you invest.

Important Risk Information:

The value of investments can go down in value as well as up, so you could get back less than you invest. It is therefore important that you understand the risks and commitments. This website aims to provide information to help you make your own informed decisions. It does not provide personal advice based on your circumstances. If you are unsure of how suitable an investment is for you, please seek personal advice.

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