Investment

Compare Our Best Investment Opportunities
Oliver Roylance-Smith, Director

"Our investment section brings you a selection of some of the best investment ideas from the banking and fund industries. Whether you are looking for high yield income plans or growth investments, our selection is designed to inspire. Compare ISA ideas to make the most of your 2015/16 New ISA allowance of £15,240. Our Fund Supermarket offers a large range of funds, or in the current market, you might want to consider capital protected investments. In all areas, our aim is to make choosing high quality investments straightforward."

 Oliver Roylance-Smith, head of savings and investments

Investing for Fixed Income
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermAnnual IncomeMore Info
FTSE 100 Enhanced Income PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

5.04%

fixed income

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  • 5.04% income paid regardless of the performance of the FTSE 100
  • Monthly income
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment 
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfer applications - 2 December 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications - 16 December 2016
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 50% during the term and finishes lower than its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £3,000
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • 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.
Investing for Income
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermMaximum Potential IncomeMore Info
FTSE Contingent Income PlanNatixisyesUp to 10 years

8.25%

per annum

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Maximum 10 year structured investment plan paying a potential quarterly income of 2.0625% (equivalent to 8.25% annually) and the opportunity to mature early from year 2 onwards. Also available as a Stocks & Shares ISA investment and ISA transfer.
FTSE 100 Kick-Out Income PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

7.00%

per annum

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6 year investment plan paying a potential quarterly income of 1.75% (equivalent to 7% annually). Available as a Stocks & Shares ISA, non-ISA investment and ISA transfer.
FTSE Contingent Income PlanCredit Suisse AGyesUp to
6 years

6.56%

per annum

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A maximum 6 year investment plan paying a potential quarterly income of 1.64% (equivalent to 6.56% per year) and the opportunity to mature early. Also available for Stocks & Shares ISA and ISA transfer.
FTSE 100 Defined Income PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

6.00%

per annum

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6 year investment plan paying a potential quarterly income of 1.5% (equivalent to 6% annually). Available as a Stocks & Shares ISA, non-ISA investment and ISA transfer.
Important Information: Structured investment plans are not capital protected and are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) for default alone. Income and growth returns are not guaranteed. 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.
Investing for Growth
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermMaximum Potential ReturnMore Info
FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out PlanInvestec Bank plcyesUp to
6 years

10%

per annum

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  • 10% for each year (not compounded) provided the FTSE 100 finishes higher than its starting value (subject to averaging)
  • Alternative collateralised options also available returning a potential 9.2% / 8.1% 
  • Potential to mature early, from year 1 onwards
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline ISA transfer applications - 2 December 2016  
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications - 16 December 2016 
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 50% during the term and finishes lower than its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £3,000
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term
FTSE 100 Defensive Growth PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

34.0%

after 6 years

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  • 34% after 6 years provided the FTSE 100 finishes above 50% of its starting value
  • Available for ISA, and ISA transfer
  • Investment deadline ISA transfer applications - 2 December 2016
  • Investment deadline for ISA applications - 16 December 2016
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index has fallen by more than 50% at maturity from its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £3,000
  • Only available for new ISA investments or ISA transfers, not direct investments
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term
FTSE 100 Step Down Kick-Out PlanInvestec Bank plcyesUp to
6 years

8.25%

per annum

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  • 8.25% for each year (not compounded) provided the FTSE 100 finishes above kick out level
  • Kick out level reduces from 100% to to 80% over the term
  • Potential to mature early, from year 2 onwards
  • Alternative collateralised option available paying 7.4% with 40% capital at risk barrier but additonal protection from 5 UK financial institutions
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline ISA transfer applications - 2 December 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications - 16 December 2016
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index falls by more than 50% during the term and finishes lower than its starting value, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall
  • Minimum investment £3,000
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • 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. Income and growth returns are not guaranteed. There is a risk of losing some or all of your initial investment due to the performance of the underlying Index or commodity. 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.
Fixed Rate Bond Alternatives
ProviderPlan NameDeposit TakerISA OptionTermMaximum Potential ReturnMore Info
Retirement Deposit PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

3.75%

per year, plus 22.5% at end of term

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  • 3.75% annual payments from capital
  • 77.5% remainder of initial deposit paid at end of term
  • Potential 22.5% growth return at end of term, if the Index is higher than 90% of Initial Value
  • Capital protected
  • Low minimum - £3,000
  • Short/medium alternative to fixed rates
  • Available for Cash ISA and  ISA Transfers 
  • Covered by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • Limited offer - deadlines apply. May close early if oversubscribed
  • Only available for new ISA investments or ISA transfers, not direct investments
  • Plan designed to be held for full term
  • Arrangement fee applies
  • Returns not guaranteed. You may only receive a return of your original capital
6 Year Defensive Deposit PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

24%

at end of term

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  • 24% fixed return if the Index is higher than 95% of its Initial Level
  • Capital protected
  • Low minimum - £3,000
  • Medium/longer term alternative to fixed rates
  • Available for Cash ISA,  ISA Transfers and non-ISA
  • Covered by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • Limited offer - deadlines apply. May close early if oversubscribed
  • Plan designed to be held for full term
  • Arrangement fee applies
  • Returns not guaranteed. You may only receive a return of your original capital
4 Year Deposit PlanInvestec Bank plcyes4 years

12%

at end of term

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  • 12% fixed return if the Index is higher
  • Capital protected
  • Low minimum - £3,000
  • Short/medium alternative to fixed rates
  • Available for Cash ISA, ISA Transfers and non-ISA
  • Covered by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • Limited offer - deadlines apply. May close early if oversubscribed
  • Plan designed to be held for full term
  • Arrangement fee applies
  • Returns not guaranteed. You may only receive a return of your original capital
Kick Out Deposit PlanInvestec Bank plcyesUp to
6 years

3%

per annum

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  • 3% for each year if the FTSE 100 finishes higher than its starting value
  • Opportunity to mature early at year 3, 4 or 5
  • Capital protected
  • Short/medium term alternative to fixed rates
  • Available for Cash ISAs, ISA transfers and non-ISA
  • Covered by the FSCS (Financial Services Compensation Scheme)
  • Limited offer - deadlines apply. May close early if oversubscribed
  • Plan designed to be held for full term
  • Arrangement fee applies
  • Returns not guaranteed. You may only receive a return of your original capital 

Important Information: 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.

About Investment Plans


The investment plans featured on this site have defined investment terms where the investment objectives and investment risks are clearly outlined in the plan literature available on request. The investment plans we feature can be classified under two categories:

 

Deposit Plans

Deposit Plans or Structured Deposit Plans offer a return of initial capital and a potential return linked to the performance of an underlying asset such as the FTSE 100. These plans are cash based and should be seen as an alternative to cash deposits such as fixed rate bonds. They are taxed in the same way as cash deposits ( returns are generally taxed as income in the hands of investors) and are attractive to risk averse investors as they are given the same protection falling under the Financial Services Compensation scheme (FSCS).

 

Investment Plans

Investment plans or structured investment plans are designed to meet the requirements of different investors as either a complement or alternative to traditional direct equity or fund investment. Plans are designed taking into account investment risk versus investment return, protection and timescales. Structured investment plans are typically equity linked and provide exposure to market risk but often with protection built in so restricting the upside but also mitigating the downside. This balance of risk is attractive particularly in uncertain markets. Plans are backed by major financial institutions who provide the assets for the plan (known as the counterparty). Investment returns from investment plans often fall under CGT tax rules which can be attractive particularly to higher rate tax payers.


 

Benefits of Investment Plans


Both structured deposit and investment plans provide investment opportunities allowing investors to make investment returns on markets over set periods of time while maintaining a level of risk control. Investors depending on their plans can also gain access to a range of alternative asset classes including world major equity indices, commodities and currencies. Most of the investment plans featured on this site are equity linked and offer different levels of capital risk and market exposure.

 

Capital at risk plans often offer features to reduce risk exposure to market falls by the use of a barrier. Typically the barrier will be set at 50% of the initial level of the underlying asset. The two main types of barrier are the final day barrier (European barrier) where the underlying asset is only observed on the final day of the investment. Variations of the European barrier may include plans where the barrier is based on the value of the underlying asset based on average e.g. an average of the underlying asset over the last 3 months of the plan. This averaging again is a risk control reducing the impact of any sudden falls in the last stages of an investment term, although conversely it can also restrict growth potential in a rising market. The second type of barrier often used is the closing/intra day barrier (American barrier) where the value of the underlying asset is observed throughout the life of the investment plan on a daily basis. In the event of a breach of the barrier the capital invested will be at risk in some way depending on the plan terms.

 

With investment plans an individual savings account (ISA) can be used as a wrapper to provide investors with tax efficient returns. For 2013/14 the HMRC set ISA allowance is £11,520 per individual, of which up to £5,760 can be invested in a deposit plan. With an investment ISA the full £11,520 can be used to benefit from tax efficient returns.


 

Investment Plans & Ideas for Short Medium and Long Term Growth


In assessing the top investments ideas we make a distinction between income and growth investors and provide a range of options depending on your requirements:

 

Growth Investments

For investors seeking growth investment opportunities on this site we feature a range of different plans that have different features. The investment plans we promote may include kick out investment plans which offer investors a pre-determined rate of return based on the performance of the underlying asset performing sufficiently well at a given series of dates. Accelerated Growth Plans which offer investors the potential of leveraged exposure to the upside performance of an underlying asset. Digital plans that offer a fixed investment returns providing the plans requirements are met. Typically these plans will either return the original capital and the payoff or just the original capital.

 

Income Investments

For investors requiring income we regularly offer a range of income investment plan options. For investors who require capital protection deposit based plans can provide an attractive alternative to fixed rate bonds although income payments will be linked to the performance of an underlying asset so are usually not guaranteed. For investors who are comfortable with capital risk, reverse convertible or income plans provide a fixed income on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. With these plans income payments are fixed and capital will be returned as long as the underlying asset does not fall below the set barrier. 

 

Investment ISAs

Using your ISA allowances should be your first port of call when investing to mitigate any tax resulting from income or capital gains. With an investment ISA you can invest up to £11,520 per individual. Most investment plans and investment funds can be placed in an ISA, although always check the terms and conditions.

 

Other Savings & Investment Opportunities


In considering the best investment and savings options for you could also consider the following:

 

High Interest Savings Accounts

If you need short term access to your money, high interest savings accounts provide a way for savers to get a better rate of interest with capital security. Notice savings accounts which require savers to provide notice before withdrawing savings of anything up to 180 days often pay better interest than easy or instant access savings accounts.

 

Cash ISAs

If you looking to save tax efficiently for the 2013/14 tax year you can put up to £5,760 per individual into a cash ISA and shelter any interest from the taxman. 

 

Fixed Rate Bonds

If you are happy locking up capital for a set period of anything from 6 months to 5 years a fixed rate bond will generally provide higher interest rate returns than instant access savings accounts. Fixed rate bonds are a low risk investment as your original capital will be returned at maturity.

 

Fund Supermarket

For investors looking to invest in funds we offer a fund supermarket service which allows you to select your own income or growth funds at low cost. With over 1500 funds to choose from including many of the top investment performing funds with most available at no initial charge and many with discounted annual charges you can choose from some of the best investment funds available in the UK, including funds that have a low risk investment profile to funds that provide the potential of higher returns but also with a higher risk to capital.

 

Our Fund Supermarket service provides you with online access to your investment accounts 24/7 so you can monitor fund performance. 

 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.