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What are the Benefits of an Investment ISA?

What are the Benefits of an Investment ISA?

If you're a first time investor thinking about opening an investment ISA, you're rightly going to want to weigh up your options. So what are the key benefits to putting your money in an Investment ISA? 

What exactly is an Investment ISA? 

An Investment ISA - also known as a Stocks and Shares ISA - is a tax-free wrapper for your savings which enable you to earn returns on your investments which are safe from the tax man.

The tax allowance for the tax year 2020/2021 is £20,000 – and it’s never too early to be squirrelling your money away to maximise your tax-free returns.

In order to open an Investment ISA, you must be:

  • 18 or over
  • a citizen of the UK 

What are the Benefits of an Investment ISA? 

An Investment ISA can serve many purposes and help different investors in different ways depending on their individual needs and profile. A few of the benefits you can expect to gain from an Investment ISA are as follows:

Variety

An "Investment ISA" is an umbrella term; there are lots of different kinds of investment ISAs. You can open one per year and you can hold as many as you would like. Examples of types of Investment ISAs include: 

Tax Free

An ISA is protected from tax - this is based in Government legislation. An Investment ISA is no different, as within an ISA (as compared to another form investment) there is:

  • No capital gains tax on profits which result from an increase in share prices.
  • No tax on bond interest.
  • No tax on dividends. 

Flexibility 

Lots of platforms will have flexible options regarding the management of your Investment ISA. You can either take a DIY approach and manage your investments and funds yourself, or you can pay for a fund manager to use their expertise to manage your investments for you. Depending on your experience and preference, you can choose the management style that suits you best. 

Returns

Typically, the returns you can make from a Cash ISA account have been very poor in recent years - even more so following the historic lowering of the Bank of England's base rate in March of 2020. 

However, the interest rate of Investment ISAs are typically higher - meaning that you can expect to see a higher rate of return for your money. There are trade offs (Cash ISAs can offer instant access to your cash, whereas this is less common with Investment ISAs).

Read more about Investment ISAs. 

Selected ISAs

FTSE 100 UCITS ETF Tracker

from iShares

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 100 Index
  • Invest From: £50 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.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this is a super low cost FTSE 100 tracker with a 0.07% pa annual charge. The product has a record of tracking its benchmark to a high degree of accuracy and scored ahead of rivals on this measure. Income generated is reinvested.

The investment objective of the Fund is to deliver the net total return performance of the Benchmark Index (being the FTSE 100 Index), less the fees and expenses of the Fund. In order to achieve this investment objective, the investment policy of the Fund is to invest in a portfolio of equity securities that as far as possible and practicable consists of the component securities of the FTSE 100 Index, this Fund’s Benchmark Index. 

Please note 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.

FTSE 250 UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 250 Index
  • Invest From: £50 pm
  • Investment Options: Tracks the FTSE 250 index of medium-sized companies, providing a greater UK domestic focus than the FTSE 100.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this product is among the lowest cost on the market. It comes from one the most established players. This is an ‘Accumulation’ product, meaning any income generated is reinvested.

This Fund seeks to track the performance of the Index, a widely recognised benchmark of mid cap sized companies of the United Kingdom. 

Please note 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.

FTSE All-World UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE All World Index
  • Invest From: £50 pm
  • Investment Options: Replicates returns from the FTSE All World, an index that encompasses both developed and emerging markets from around the world. Ranks among the cheapest products of its type. This is an ‘Accumulation’ product, meaning any income generated is reinvested.

Available via Fidelity Fund Supermarket this is a low cost tracker which provides global exposure with a annual management charge under 0.25% pa.This Fund seeks to provide long-term growth of capital by tracking the performance of the FTSE All-World Index, a market-capitalisation weighted index of common stocks of large and mid cap companies in developed and emerging countries. The Fund employs a “passive management” – or indexing – investment approach, through physical acquisition of securities, designed to track the performance of the Index, a free float adjusted market capitalisation weighted index. The Fund will invest in a portfolio of equity securities that so far as possible and practicable consists of a representative sample of the component securities of the Index.

Please note 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.

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.

High Income ISAs

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Cash ISAs

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Stocks & Shares ISAs

Types of Stocks and Shares ISA include: 

Stocks and Shares ISAs

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Investment ISA Pros and Cons

7th August 2020

The tax-free returns offered by an Investment ISA (otherwise known as a Stocks and Shares ISA) can be very tempting at first glance - however, as with any investment, it is important to weigh up the pros and cons. So we've put together a list of what you need to consider before opening your own Stocks and Shares ISA account. 

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