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How do I Transfer an ISA?

It's possible to transfer ISAs between providers

There are a number of reasons a person may want to transfer an ISA, such as finding they could achieve a better interest rate with a different provider or to consolidate your money together to make it easier to manage, however it is important to try and ensure you follow the correct transfer process so as not to miss out on some of your annual ISA allowance.

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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 Index Tracker

from HSBC

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 250 Index
  • Invest From: £25 pm
  • Investment Options: The Fund's investment objective is to provide long term capital growth by matching the capital performance of the FTSE 250 Index by investing in companies that make up the index.

Available via Hargreaves Lansdown this is a low cost FTSE 250 tracker with a 0.18% pa annual charge.The FTSE 250 is full of medium-sized companies with exciting growth potential. We think this is an excellent tracker fund, offering a low cost way to invest in this area of the market. HSBC has lots of experience running tracker investment funds.This fund is available via the Hargreaves Lansdown investment platform.

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.

Index World

from Fidelity

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks MSCI World Index
  • Invest From: £50 pm
  • Investment Options: The Fidelity Index World Fund, invested in a variety of well-known companies such as Coca-Cola, Google, Disney & Microsoft

Why we like it: A low-cost, easy way to start investing in the stock market with a super low annual management charge of 0.1%. Great way to spread risk across a wide range of shares.

The Fund aims to track the performance of the MSCI World (Net Total Return) Index (before fees and expenses are applied) thereby seeking to increase the value of your investment over a period of 5 years or more. The performance of the Fund is unlikely to track the performance of the index precisely. 

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.

All ISAs have to allow you to transfer to another provider, but they may impose a penalty for doing so. However providers do not have to allow transfers in.

Once you have found an ISA you would like to switch to and checked that it permits transfers then you will need to complete and send the ISA transfer form, you’re new and previous ISA providers will then arrange for the ISA transfer to happen, once transferred the previous ISA manager will give the new ISA manager a written notice containing information and a declaration which is known as a transfer history form, your new provider will contact you once the transfer is complete.

Transferring between ISA types

It is now possible to transfer from between different ISA types for example from a Cash ISA into a Stocks and Shares ISA or vice versa. When transferring between from a Cash ISA into another Cash ISA the process should be completed within 15 working days.

Industry guidelines currently recommend that the transfer process when involving Stocks and Shares ISAs should take 30 days from start to finish. But as this kind of ISA can include a range of different investments each potentially taking different amounts of time to close or sell it could take longer than 30 days for a provider to prepare the money within the account to be transferred.

Before you transfer,

It is a good idea to shop around to try and find the best product for needs. If your current ISA provider would impose a penalty for transferring and you are moving to another provider to achieve a better rate of interest on your savings then you may wish to first work out if the penalty would negate the potential benefits of changing provider. 

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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