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Compare ISAs from iShares and other ISA options available.

Investment ISAs put your capital at risk & you may get back less than you originally invested

FTSE 100 ETF Tracker

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 100 Index. Largest company shares in the index include, Astrazeneca, Glaxosmithkline, HSBC & Diageo. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Physical Gold ETC

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Offers low cost way of accessing exposure to the price of gold. This fund is backed by physical gold. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

FTSE 350 Tracker

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 350 Index. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Global Clean Energy ETF Tracker

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks companies in the clean energy sector. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 a month or any lump sum

MSCI World ETF Tracker

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks the MSCI World Index. This index is a market cap weighted index of 1,585 companies throughout the world across 23 countries. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

S&P 500 ETF Tracker

from iShares

Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks S&P 500 Index. Passive fund that seeks to mirror as closely as possible the performance of the 500 largest companies by market capitalisation in the USA such as Apple, Tesla, Berkshire Hathaway & Tesla. Capital at risk.
  • Invest From: £25 pm

Who are iShares?

iShares are a range of ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and Index Funds managed by BlackRock.

iShares manage close to 1,000 ETFs and Index Funds that invest in different sectors, markets, indexes and commodities.

They don't offer any investment accounts themselves (like ISA accounts), but iShares funds can be held in an ISA account via a Stocks and Shares ISA platform.

What is an ISA?

An ISA account is a type of tax-efficient savings and investment account.

You are not required to pay income tax or capital gains tax on any ISA savings like you are in a standard savings or investment account.

Income tax is usually paid on the dividends and interest you earn on your investments, and capital gains tax is usually paid on the growth of your assets when you sell them.

In an ISA, your savings are always 100% tax-free, even when you come to sell and withdraw your investments.

HMRC allows you to invest up to £20,000 into ISAs in the current tax year, and your allowance refreshes each year.

There are two main types of ISA accounts: Cash ISAs and Stocks and Shares ISAs.

What’s the difference between a Cash ISA and a Stocks and Shares ISA?

The difference between Cash ISAs and Stocks and Shares ISAs is what assets you can hold within the accounts.

Cash ISAs can only hold cash, and you earn interest on your cash savings.

Stocks and Shares ISAs can hold all types of stock investments, from shares to managed funds and ETFs.

Cash ISA features

  1. Earn a fixed or variable rate of interest on your balance depending on whether you commit to a fixed-term or want easy access
  2. Cash ISA savings cannot fall in value, but you may be restricted in terms of how often or how soon you can withdraw
  3. Cash returns are fairly limited in comparison to Stocks and Shares ISAs due to ongoing low interest rates in the UK
  4. Cash savings can’t fall in value as stocks can

Stocks and Shares ISA features

  1. Access to invest in the stock market via funds, shares and ETFs
  2. Create a share portfolio yourself, or invest in a ready-made ISA portfolio managed by professionals
  3. Stocks can fall as well as rise in value, so you can lose money in a Stocks and Shares ISA
  4. You can usually make withdrawals at any time, and the process takes about one week

What is a Share dealing ISA?

To hold iShares ETFs in an ISA account, you’ll need to open a Stocks and Shares ISA and not a Cash ISA.

A Sharedealing ISA is another name for a Stocks and Shares ISA that is specifically designed for self-select or DIY portfolios where you pick your investments yourself.

What can you hold in a Sharedealing ISA?

Here are some of the most common investments to hold in a Stocks and Shares or Sharedealing ISA:

  1. Shares (shares of individual, publicly listed companies)
  2. Managed Funds (Unit Trusts, OEICs and Investment Trusts – investment companies that invest your money in a specific sector or market)
  3. ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds that track a market)
  4. Index Funds (like ETFs, but not traded on a live stock exchange)

What is an ETF?

iShares funds are ETFs and Index Funds, which means that they are not actively managed by fund managers picking the best companies to invest in.

Instead, they simply aim to replicate the overall performance of a particular stock index, sector, market or commodity. This could be, for some examples, the FTSE 100, Japanese Income Funds, or gold.

They are also different to Managed Funds in that they have much lower charges because they don’t require any investment research and expertise.

Despite not benefiting from investment expertise, ETFs and Index Funds can often outperform Managed Funds operating in the same sector while also benefitting from reduced charges, which makes them an attractive option for experienced investors.

What are the charges for an iShares ISA?

If you hold an ISA and invest in iShares funds, then you’ll be investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA.

There are a few main charges to be aware of for Stocks and Shares ISAs:

  1. ISA Provider’s AMC (Annual Management Charge)

Your ISA platform charges a percentage against your portfolio each year which can vary depending on what investments you hold and how much your portfolio is worth.

  1. Fund Manager’s Ongoing Charge (OCF or TER)

ETF and Index Fund management charges are very low compared to Managed Funds, but they’re still there to cover the administration of the funds.

You can find the exact charge details in the Key Investor Information Document (KIID) of the funds you’re investing in.

Some other, ad hoc Stocks and Shares ISA fees to be aware of are:

  1. Dealing fees (for buying and selling ETFs)
  2. Exit or transfer out fees (for closing your ISA)

How do I open an iShares ISA?

You’ll need to open a Stocks and Shares ISA account with an ISA platform provider that allows you to invest in iShares funds (most will do), and you can do this online.

Make sure the Stocks and Shares ISA you open allows you to pick your own investments, and do plenty of research on your chosen iShares ETFs before you invest.

Remember, your investments can go down as well as up and you could get back less than you originally invest. 

Oliver Roylance-Smith
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Frequently Asked Questions

No. You can switch providers with an ISA transfer if you wish. You can also contribute to other ISA providers in separate tax years.

ISA accounts are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This means that all ISA providers are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for up to £85,000 if they go out of business.

Please note that this may not apply to the underlying holdings within a Stocks and Shares ISA, and will not cover standard investment losses. 

For Cash or Stocks and Shares ISAs, yes, although some Cash ISAs may charge a fee or void your interest if you surrender your policy before the fixed term has ended.

No. ISA is short for Individual Savings Account and the accounts can only be held individually.

Yes. It is important to remember that share prices will go down as well as up, and so you may need to be patient with your investments. If you are unsure, a good rule of thumb is not to invest what you cannot afford to lose.

Yes, you can transfer from a Cash ISA to a Share Dealing ISA, but you will need to check you are not charged a fee or have your interest void if you surrender a Fixed Rate Cash ISA before the fixed term ends.

Yes - you will just need to sell your holdings first. Some assets will take longer to sell than others depending on how they are traded, with shares typically being quicker to trade than funds.

The annual ISA allowance is set by HMRC each year, and the current limit is £20,000 per person for the 2023/24 tax year.

This also depends on your underlying investments. Unless you are trading daily to exploit margins and fluctuations in particularly volatile stocks, you should be thinking about the long-term return with your ISA investments. The specific timing of your investment is not a huge factor if you intent to hold them for a long time.

This depends entirely on what investments you hold within your ISA. Unless you are investing in a Cash ISA, there is no fixed rate of return that you can buy into. A Share Dealing ISA will fluctuate in value but ideally rise over the long term.

Important Risk Information:

Capital at risk. Tax treatments depend on your individual circumstances and may change. 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.