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What Can Cash ISAs Include?

Cash ISAs are, generally speaking, a flexible and simple way to save for the future. However, there are a few rules and regulations governing cash ISAs.

Peer to Peer Lending ISAs

Classic Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA)

from easyMoney

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Interest Rate 7.28% annualised target return
  • Term: No Fixed Term
  • Invest From: £10000

Why we like it: Invest up to £20,000 this tax year and/or transfer in from an existing Cash ISA, Stocks & Shares ISA or IFISA. When you join the easyMoney family you will automatically become an easyMoney plus card member, offering savings up to 55% at over 100 of Britain’s biggest retailers and more! e-Money Capital Ltd trading as easyMoney is authorised and regulated by the FCA (FRN 231680). As with all investing, your capital is at risk when you lend to businesses and returns are not guaranteed. No FSCS. For more details please refer to our full risk statement.

  • 7.28% TAX-FREE through the Balanced Innovative Finance ISA
  • Minimum investment of £10,000
  • Secured by UK property
  • Maximum 75% loan to value
  • Buffer of 25% should the value of a property fall
  • You will automatically become an easyMoney plus card member, offering savings up to 55% at over 100 of Britain’s biggest retailers and more!
  • Also accepts ISA transfers from previous year's ISA's
  • As with all investing your capital is at risk when you lend to businesses. easyMoney reduces this risk by taking security over property
  • 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)

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 Fund Supermarket ISAs

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

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

The Callable 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)

What can you put into a cash ISA?

Before you commit to a cash ISA, check that there aren't any restrictions operating on your intended source of cash. The current HMRC rules on what can be included within a cash ISA are as follows:

  • Cash deposited in bank or building society accounts - this includes structured deposit plans.
  • National Savings and Investments products that are specially designed for ISAs - these may vary, so it's sensible to check with NS&I before you take any action.
  • Alternative finance arrangements, such as Sharia-compliant finance products.
  • Shares in companies and collective investment schemes that fail to meet the qualifying conditions for stocks and shares ISAs - if they do meet these conditions, you are free to use them as part of your stocks and shares ISA allowance instead.
  • Life insurance policies that fail to meet the qualifying conditions for the stocks and shares ISAs - again, if they do meet these conditions, you are free to use them as part of your stocks and shares ISA allowance.
  • Stakeholder cash products.
  • Stakeholder medium-term products that fail to meet the qualifying conditions for stocks and shares ISAs - those that meet the required conditions can be used as part of your stocks and shares ISA allowance. 

Who is entitled to open a cash ISA?

To be eligible for a cash ISA:

  • You must be aged 16 or over - for stocks and shares ISAs, this age limit rises to 18.
  • You must be a resident or ordinarily resident in the UK. In certain circumstances exceptions may apply - for example, if you are a Crown employee working overseas - so check with your intended cash ISA provider.
  • You must not hold more than one cash ISA in a single tax year, which runs from 6th April in one year to 5th April the next year. However, you are permitted to transfer from one cash ISA provider to another.
  • You must be the sole owner of the ISA - there's no option for joint ownership with a cash ISA because every individual has their own personal ISA allowance.

Am I permitted to transfer my cash ISA to another provider?

Generally speaking, you can transfer your cash ISA between providers without incurring any charges or penalties. If you're considering transferring your cash ISA from one provider to another, bear in mind that:

  • While there's nothing to stop you withdrawing your cash from the ISA and putting in another account, you will lose all the tax-free benefits. So, if you want to transfer your cash ISA, speak to your new ISA provider who will arrange it for you.
  • You will be asked to fill in an ISA transfer form that will allow your old ISA provider to transfer your cash to your new ISA provider.
  • If you want to transfer money that you've put into your ISA in the current tax year, you must transfer all of it in one go. You can also transfer all of the money you put into your ISA in earlier years - or a part of it - if you wish. Some cash ISA providers won't allow you to make partial transfers, so check the terms of the ISA before you apply.

To find out more about ISA transfers, visit our dedicated section.

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How much can I pay into an ISA?

21st March 2019

Each tax year, there's a limit set by the government to the amount you can save and invest in ISAs: your “annual ISA allowance”. The allowances are intended to reward savers and encourage us to invest more to support our future retirements, without creating a tax haven that can be taken advantage of by very wealthy individuals who just want to avoid paying tax.

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