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Investment Fund Supermarket ISAs

Click & Invest Stocks & Shares ISA

from Investec Click & Invest

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: Managed Portfolios
  • Invest From: £2,500

Why we like it: In a nutshell this service helps make your ISA money work harder! Investec Click & Investis an online investment service that aims to make actively managed, globally diversified investment portfolios accessible to a wider audience. Everyone deserves harder working money, and Click & Invest’s goal is to make a positive difference to more financial futures. Their experts build and manage investment portfolios from £2,500 online, intelligently blending expertise with high-quality service. With a £2,500 minimum investment, Click & Invest aims to deliver an exceptional service for a straightforward fee. They offer both stocks and shares ISAs and general investment accounts, with a seamless online experience, with dedicated 24/7 support available. Capital at risk.More info...

Investment Fund ISA

from AJ Bell

Allows ISA Transfers
  • Protection Scheme: FSCS
  • Fund Choice: 2000+ Funds
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Why we like it: It is simple to invest in a fund online. You will need to open an account first and then choose the fund you are interested in investing in. There are over 2,000 funds to choose from but to make it easier for you AJ Bell have created their favourite funds list which is their pick of the best funds. Capital at risk

Peer to Peer Lending ISAs

1 Year Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA)

from Kuflink

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Interest Rate 5.00% annualised target return
  • Term: 1 Year
  • Invest From: £100

Why we like it: Up to £250 cashback for new investors.1, 3 or 5 year fixed term. Invest from £100 up to £20,000 this tax year (2018/19) and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. Secured by UK property. No platform or investment fees. Interest paid annually. Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary. Capital is at risk

  • Up to £250 cashback for new investors
  • Low minimum investment of £100
  • Alternatively transfer your current Cash or IF-ISA
  • 1, 3 or 5 year fixed term
  • Secured by UK property
  • No platform or investment fees
  • Interest paid annually
  • Maximum investment £20,000
  • Returns are not guaranteed and your actual returns may vary
  • Capital is at risk
  • Must be aged 18 or older
  • Peer to peer lending is not covered by the FSCS

Calculate your interest with this plan

Your savings:
£
You could gain:
£0.00 (per tax year)
Investment Growth Plan ISAs

FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Maximum Potential Return 9.60% 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 9.60% annual growth.

  • 9.60% 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 100 Defensive Income Plan

from Investec

Allow ISA Transfers
Annual Income up to 6.70%
  • Counterparty: Investec Bank
  • Term: Maximum 8 years

If you’re looking for high income, then the ability to receive 6.70% per year even if the FTSE falls almost 20%, could be appealing.

  • Up to 6.70% 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 5.10% 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.

Deposit Cash ISAs

ISA Deposit Plan

from IDAD

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 8.00% pa or 2.5 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 8.0% 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
  • 2% per quarter (8% pa) if plan ends early
  • 2.5 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 (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 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 Income Deposit Plan

from Investec

ISA Option
Maximum Potential Return 3.12% annual income
  • Deposit Taker: Investec Bank plc
  • Term: 6 years
  • Potential 3.12% per year based on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index
  • Income paid even if Index falls by 25%
  • Potential income paid monthly (0.26%)
  • 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.

Fixed Rate Cash ISAs

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. 

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

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)
Easy Access Cash ISAs

Single Access Cash ISA

from Nationwide

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

Why we like it: Great instant access cash ISA! As long as you don't need to access your cash more than once a year, Nationwide offer a top cash ISA deal. You can manage your account online. You can deposit up to £20,000 in this account for the 2018/19 allowance or transfer in exisiting ISAs. More Info

  • Tax free ISA account
  • Open with £1 or transfer in existing ISA funds
  • Invest up to £20,000 per tax year
  • Interest can be paid into account,  alternative Nationwide savings or current account, or an external current account
  • FSCS Protected
  • Must be UK resident and aged 16 or older
  • Headline interest rate applicable if no more than 1 withdrawal per account year
  • For 2 or more withdrawals the interest rate drops to 0.50% AER

Calculate your interest with this plan

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

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cash ISA

A cash ISA is a first port of call for anyone who wants to save money without handing over a large portion of their interest earnings to the taxman. A cash ISA is a straightforward way to 'wrap up' a portion of your savings, so it's definitely worth considering by all who are eligible for this tax-free allowance.

However, choosing an account that best meets your needs is easier said than done. Choosing a cash ISA is much easier once you've zeroed in on the specific factors that are most important to you. With this information in hand, you will be better prepared to find the cash ISA that best fits your financial goals. To help you along in the ISA selection process, we've narrowed it down to five essential factors to keep in mind as you compare cash ISA possibilities:

1. Cash ISA rate

Your rate determines how much you earn on your account. However, the best rate available this tax year may no longer be competitive in the next, so it's vital to continue to shop around the cash ISA providers in order to ensure your account is earning as much as possible. Fortunately, cash ISA transfers can be usually be done at any time without incurring a penalty, as long as your ISA manager allows withdrawals as part of your account terms.

2. Account Flexibility

There are many different types of cash ISAs available, including:

  • Instant access accounts - these offer immediate access to your cash
  • Easy access accounts - these allow some options for early withdrawal
  • Fixed-rate accounts - these operate on the understanding that savers will tie up their money in the ISA for a fixed period

Each of these account types are likely to differ in terms of when and how much you can withdraw, as well as in terms of how the rate of interest is determined. Whichever type of cash ISA you choose, it's a good idea to look for an account with the most flexible terms possible. This will allow you to switch providers, if necessary, in order to get the best rates.

3. Liquidity

Some types of cash ISAs do not allow withdrawals during a set period - for example, many fixed-rate cash ISAs require savers to commit to a minimum term. If you withdraw money before this period is over, you will be penalised for your withdrawal. While these types of cash ISAs typically offer a higher rate of interest, you won't be able to benefit from this attractive rate if you're likely to require to access to your cash before the term is over. If you need to have your money readily available, the relative liquidity of the different cash ISAs is likely to be a major factor in your decision-making process when choosing an account provider.

4. Account bonuses

Some cash ISA providers offer bonus rates for a limited time to lure in new customers. These bonuses have the potential to be quite beneficial, particularly if the rate lasts for six months or more. However, ISA managers hedge these attractive rates on the fact that customers often neglect to transfer their funds to another provider when the bonus rate falls. This drop can be steep - sometimes falling to half of the original rate offered - so if you opt for a cash ISA that offers a bonus rate, be prepared to shop around again once the honeymoon period is over.

5. ISA Managers

The process of finding an ISA manager can sometimes be as easy as heading to your current bank or building society. However, it pays to research your options before you commit to anything. When choosing an ISA manager, make sure you look for one that has been approved by HM Revenue and Customs. It is also important to look into the ISA manager's performance, as this increases the likelihood that you'll receive satisfactory service and a decent rate of return on your money.

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