Compare Investment ISAs

Oliver Roylance-Smith, Director "Here is our selection of investment ISAs including high yield income ISAs, growth plans, and our leading fund supermarket with its range of fund selections – all available within an investment ISA. This area is designed to help you make the best use of your new ISA allowance of £15,240. We source investment ideas from fund groups and investment banks for you to consider. Please use the tables below to find the right investment ISA deal for you."
Oliver Roylance-Smith, Head of Savings & Investments

Our selection of Investment ISAs

Use the tables below to compare a range of the best Investment ISAs available this ISA Season. These Investment ISA options provide a wide range of investment fund choices with the option of either selecting funds yourself, or letting the experts manage your funds for you to help you make the most of your tax free savings allowance.


Investment ISAs
ProviderAccountISA TransfersProtection schemeFund choiceInvest From:More info
yes

FSCS

1,250+ funds

£50 per month

or £500 single

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Why we like it: Low cost investing that lets you take control of your own investments online. Take advantage of useful tools and videos, UK- based Customer Support team and transparent pricing. Choose from over 1,250 funds or All-in-One funds managed to different risk levels.
yes

FSCS

2,500+ funds

£50 per month

or £500 single

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Why we like it: Let award winning experts manage your funds with the Easy Option ISA or choose your own funds with the DIY Option ISA. Start investing from as little as £50 per month and manage your account online.
yes

FSCS

2,000+ funds

£50 per month

or just £5 single

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Why we like it: Barclays Stockbrokers has been voted ‘Self Select ISA Provider of the Year’ at the ADVFN International Financial Awards 2016. Choose from over 2,000 funds, shares, ETFs, investment trusts, gilts, bonds and more. Now with ISA flexibility, withdraw and replace cash from a flexible ISA during the same tax year without it counting towards your annual ISA allowance.
Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital’s at risk. Charges may apply.  Tax rules may change in the future and whether particular tax rules benefit you, will depend on your individual circumstances. ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

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 - 29 July 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications - 12 August 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 Dual Option Contingent Income PlanNatixisyesUp to 6 years

7.00%

per annum

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  • Up to 7% per year based on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index
  • Income paid even if Index falls by 20%
  • Quarterly payments
  • Plan can mature early each quarter from year 2 onwards
  • Alternative option available returning a potential 5% per year if FTSE falls by 40%
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfers - 10 August 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by cheque - 18 August 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by bank transfer - 24 August 2016
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index has fallen by more than 40% from its starting level at the end of the investment term, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall below its starting value
  • Minimum investment £5,000
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term
FTSE Quarterly Contingent Income PlanCredit Suisse AGyesUp to
6 years

7.20%

per annum

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  • Up to 7.2% per year based on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index
  • Income paid even if Index falls by up to 25%
  • Quarterly payments
  • Plan can mature early each quarter from year 2 onwards
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfers - 6 July 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by cheque - 14 July 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and 2016/17 ISA applications by bank transfer - 20 July 2016
  • Capital is at risk if the FTSE 100 Index has fallen by more than 40% from its starting level at the end of the investment term, in which case your initial investment will reduce by 1% for each 1% fall below its starting value
  • Minimum investment £5,000
  • 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 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.

Growth Investment ISAs
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermMaximum Potential ReturnMore Info
FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out PlanInvestec Bank plcyesUp to
6 years

10%

per annum

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Structured investment plan with the potential to mature after years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6. If the plan matures early it will return 10% times the number of years the plan has been in force. Also available for Stocks & Shares ISA and ISA transfer.
FTSE Kick Out PlanCredit Suisse AGyesUp to
6 years

10.0%

per annum

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Structured investment plan with the potential to mature after years 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. If the plan matures early it will return 10% times the number of years the plan has been active. Also available for Stocks & Shares NISA and NISA transfer.
FTSE 100 Defensive Growth PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

35.0%

after 6 years

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6 year structured investment plan which aims to return 35% if the FTSE 100 is higher than 50% of Initial Level. Available for Investment ISA, 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 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.

Compare and find investment ISAs


 

To find the best investment ISAs for your needs, we suggest that you compare a wide range of options, including our selections. Whether you're looking for growth or income, you can find an ISA that fits your investment strategy.

 

What is an investment ISA?

Unlike a cash ISA - which is a straightforward tax-free savings account - an investment ISA allows you to invest money up to a certain amount without paying tax. This runs from 6th April each year, and since 6th April 2016 the full individual ISA allowance has been set at £15,240. A investment ISA allows you invest your tax-free allowance without paying tax on any investment income you make. This can add up to a substantial saving when you consider that, on dividends paid on a non-ISA investment, an additional rate taxpayer would have to part with 42.5% in tax.


You have a variety of options when it comes to using your investment ISA allowance. You can:

 

  • Invest your full ISA allowance of £15,240 in an investment ISA. 
  • Put some of your allowance into a cash ISA, and the remaining balance in a investment ISA, in whatever proportion you wish
  • Use your investment ISA allowance for shares - excluding shares traded on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) - unit trusts, investment trusts, open-ended investment companies (OEICs), life insurance policies, corporate bonds, and gilts.

 

Choosing an investment ISA


An investment ISA, as with all investments, involves an element of risk, so it's important that you're in a sufficiently stable financial position.

 

Before you open an investment ISA, make sure that:

 

  • Your debts are under control - you've either paid them off or have affordable arrangements in place to do so. 
  • You have emergency savings that you can access easily if something unexpected occurs - if your car breaks down or you're made redundant, you'll need savings that you can use straight away.


If you're very new to saving and don't yet have a basic emergency fund, you may find that a cash ISA is more suitable for you at this stage. Once you've built up some accessible savings in this way, you might then want to consider an investment ISA, too.


 

Investment ISA tips

 

  • You should be prepared to invest for the medium to long term with a investment ISA - for example, for five years or more.
  • If you think you might require access to your cash in the next couple of years, a investment ISA may not be the right choice for you. Share prices can be very variable - especially in the current financial climate - and so if you were to withdraw your investment in the next twelve to eighteen months, you could end up with less money than you started with. 
  • Different investment ISAs have different investment options. These range from as little as £10 per month (e.g. through a fund) to a specified minimum investment (e.g. £500).
  • Some ISA providers will give you online access to your account, allowing you to see the investment performance of your ISA and keep up to date with any charges incurred. 
  • If your investment ISA isn't performing as well as you'd like, you will usually be permitted to transfer it another provider. To do this, speak to your new ISA manager who will arrange the transfer, allowing you to avoid losing any tax benefits by withdrawing your cash. 
  • You can transfer shares you get from an HMRC-approved SAYE (save as you earn) scheme run by your employer, or a share incentive plan, into a investment component of an ISA without incurring capital gains tax, up to your annual ISA allowance.
  • You will not be able to transfer any existing non-ISA shares, or shares you've inherited, into an investment ISA. 
  • With an investment ISA, there is greater long-term growth potential than a cash ISA - however, bear in mind that the value of your investment can go down as well as up. 
  • If you have an investment ISA from a previous tax year, you're permitted to move this into a current investment ISA or split it between more than one investment ISA. 
  • If you want to open a Junior ISA for your child, you can also invest in investment on their behalf up to a maximum of £4,080.

Select Income Funds
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Income Yield*Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
Kames High Yield Bond0%0.75%4.99%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Monthly. The primary investment objective is to maximise total return(income plus capital) by investing in a portfolio of predominately high yield bonds, selected investment grade bonds and cash. The fund may hold sterling and other currency denominated bonds hedged back to sterling. The fund may also invest in deposits, money market instruments, derivative instruments and forward transactions. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Newton Asian Income0%0.75%5.43%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Quarterly.The objective of the Sub-Fund is to achieve income together with long-term capital growth predominantly through investments in securities in Asia Pacific ex Japan (including Australia & New Zealand) region. The Sub-Fund may also invest in collective investment schemes. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Invesco Perpetual Monthly Income Plus0%0.63%4.46%yesFactsheetApply Now >
Income Paid Monthly. Popular income fund that aims to achieve a high level of income whilst seeking to maximise total return through investing in high yielding corporate and Government bonds, together with UK equities. See latest fund factsheet for details.

*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed as at 17/10/13 - Yields are rounded down to one decimal place - See latest Fund Factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

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Bonds: To provide the potential for overall returns these funds invest in bonds, also known as fixed interest securities. This is achieved by receiving regular interest on loans to companies or governments. There is a chance the bond issuer could fall into financial difficulty and will not be able to pay the interest or the loan back, which could result in a fall in your investment returns. Bonds can also be sensitive to trends in interest rate movements and if interest rates go up, the returns on your investment are likely to fall as bonds can become less attractive. On the other hand, if interest rates fall, bonds are likely to become more attractive and your investment returns increase.

Select Growth Funds
Fund ManagerFundFund Manager Initial Charge¹AMC³Select Fund°Fact SheetHow to Invest
BlackRock Gold & General0%1.00%yesFactsheetMore Info >
This is a specialist unit trust which aims to achieve long term capital growth by investing in gold mining and precious metal-related shares. It tends to be volatile and is particularly suitable for diversification in a larger portfolio. See latest fund factsheet for details.

³AMC is the Annual Management Charge applied by the Fund Manager. 

°Select Fund - See how our funds are selected

 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.

Investments in Stocks & Shares ISAs do not contain the same degree of capital security as investments in deposits. Stocks and shares ISAs are designed as medium to long term investments of, for example, five years or more. 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.