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What is an Investment ISA?
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FTSE 100 UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

  • Fund Choice: Tracks FTSE 100 Index
  • Invest From: £25 pm
  • Investment Options: The Fund seeks to track the performance of the FTSE 100 Index.

Available via Hargreaves Lansdown this is a low cost FTSE 100 tracker with a 0.09% pa annual charge.The Fund employs a passive management – or indexing – investment approach, through physical acquisition of securities, and seeks to track the performance of the FTSE 100 Index (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.

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 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.

S&P 500 UCITS ETF Tracker

from Vanguard

ISA Option
Allows ISA Transfers
Regular Savings
  • Fund Choice: Tracks S&P 500 Index
  • Invest From: £100
  • Investment Options: The Fund seeks to track the performance of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index.

Super low cost way of tracking the largest US companies at 0.07% pa. The Fund employs a passive management – or indexing – investment approach, through physical acquisition of securities, and seeks to track the performance of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index (the “Index”).

This fund is available through the Hargreaves Lansdown 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.

What is an Investment ISA?

An Investment ISA is a way for savers to potentially get a higher return than they would from a Cash ISA. It’s a tax-efficient way to invest in shares, gilts, corporate bonds and trusts.

Investment ISAs are exempt from capital gains tax and personal tax meaning they’r the most sensible way to invest as anything you invested outside of the ISA wrapper would be subject to taxation.

You are able to invest your full allowance within an Investment ISA or split your allowance between Investment and Cash ISAs. Some people find that having all their money in one account is significantly easier to manage whereas others prefer to spread their savings out potentially minimising risk and maximising interest.

Cash or Investment ISA?

Cash ISA

Features:
  • Pays a stable rate of interest. Fixed Cash ISAs tend to have the highest rates
  • A Fixed Rate ISA would provide you with a guaranteed amount, meaning you will know what your end total will be. However, you are normally required to tie up your money for a period of time
  • If you need flexible access to your account then Variable Cash ISAs are a good call as they are more likely to allow you 24/7 access to your money

What to Consider when choosing a Cash ISA provider?

  • Whether the ISA is flexible or fixed rate, this will determine the rate of interest you receive
  • If you are likely to transfer in the future, fixed rate ISAs tend to charge a penalty whereas variable ISAs tend to be more flexible about transfers
  • Look for accounts with the highest rate of interest or switching deals
  • Make sure the account you have chosen accepts transfers in, if you’re planning to switch

Some ISAs require large minimum deposits whereas some don’t. Make sure you find one that suits your needs 

Investment ISA

An Investment ISA is a tax-efficient and flexible way to invest in the market.

Features:
  • Options to put away a little money each month or investing some spare cash, you could possibly receive a higher return on your savings when compared with a standard ISA
  • Many accounts now offering managed collective investment portfolios for you, it is now easy for people to begin investing as no experience is required. This also works for very busy people
  • It’s always worth remembering however, that there is an element of risk involved and you could end up with less than you originally invested. Investment ISAs are viewed as a long term investment, usually for a minimum of 5 years.

What to Consider when Choosing a Stocks and Shares Provider?

  • Assess the level of risk you’re willing to take, most providers can filter assets depending on the level of risk you’re willing to take or even provide you with a ready-made portfolio
  • Low risk investing tends to focus on bond funds which pay interest or dividends regularly, whereas higher risk portfolios tend to focus on property investment and the stock market
  • Some providers hold a limited amount of carefully selected options to invest in whereas others have a much larger range of funds. Work out which is right for you
  • Some providers have a simple interface with clear copy about each investment and its past performances. Make sure you find one that you find easy to use, helpful and clear
  • Be careful of management charges and account fees. All investment ISAs have some form of charge, whether that’s a trading fee or an account management fee. Make sure you know how much your ISA will be costing you before you invest
  • Providers often let you hold cash in your account, ready to invest whenever you choose. You can even earn interest on that money so make sure your potential provider offers this if you think you may need this option
Important Risk Information:

This website contains information only and does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation in any way whatsoever. The value of investments and income from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. The tax efficiency of ISAs is based on current tax law and there is no guarantee that tax rules will stay the same in the future.

Different types of investment carry different levels of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information for further details. Prior to making any decision to invest, you should ensure that you are familiar with the risks associated with a particular investment and should read the product literature. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a particular investment, both in respect of its objectives and its risk profile, you should seek independent financial advice.

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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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