ISA Transfer Rules

Transfer ISAs to get a better rate

ISA rates can change all the time, unless you have a fixed rate, while even fixed rate deals come to an end, so it is useful to know about ISA transfer rules. You can make the most of your ISA allowance by transferring to a new provider or account if you're no happy with the ISA rate you're receiving.

See below to learn more about the various ISA transfer rules, and view the tables below ISA transfer ideas, including some of the leading cash ISA rates currently available:

Cash ISA Selection
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

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.

If you're not getting a competitive rate on your ISA, or your fixed rate is about to end, then you can transfer your ISA savings and investments into a different ISA. This will not count towards your annual ISA allowance, so won't affect how much you can pay in to an ISA for that tax year.

For cash ISAs, you can transfer the money into another cash ISA, or, if you are looking for potentially higher gains, you can transfer the money into a stocks and shares ISA. The current year's allowance can only be transferred whole, and cannot be split into two.

The ISA transfer rules also state that while you can transfer from cash to shares, you cannot transfer money from a stocks and shares ISA into a cash ISA. It's a one way street. So, if you have already paid in your total ISA allowance for the year, and you do not want all your tax-free savings in stocks and shares, then you might want to consider leaving some savings in a cash ISA.

If you are transferring a current year subscription from a cash ISA to a stocks and shares ISA it is treated as if that amount was always invested as a stocks and shares ISA. This means, as long as you are within the current annual allowance, you can open a new cash ISA during the same tax year.

By keeping some savings in a cash ISA and some in a stocks and shares ISA it can help diversify your investments, with some savings in safer cash deposits and some invested for higher potential returns, but greater risk in stocks and shares.

While most ISA providers allow transfers in, some don't. And, under current ISA transfer rules, you might be charged a penalty by your current provider – this is becoming less common, but check with your provider, as the fee could potentially offset the benefit of transferring to an ISA with a better rate.

See the tables below for more ISA transfer ideas, including a range of stocks and shares ISAs:

Structured Income ISA Transfers
 Product NameISA OptionIncome YieldMore Info
FTSE 100 Enhanced Income Planyes

5.04%

fixed income

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TAX FREE FIXED INCOME: 6 year investment plan paying a fixed monthly income of 0.42% (equivalent to 5.04% annually). Available as a Stocks & Shares ISA, non-ISA investment and ISA transfer.
FTSE Contingent Income Planyes

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 Contingent Income Planyes

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.
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.

Structured Growth ISA Transfers
 Product NameISA OptionMaximum Potential ReturnTermMore Info
FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out Planyes

10%

per annum

Up to
6 years
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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 100 Defensive Kick-Out Planyes

7.75%

per annum

Up to
6 years
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Structured investment plan with the potential to mature after years 3, 4, 5 or 6. If the plan matures early it will return 7.75% times the number of years the plan has been in force. Also available for Stocks & Shares ISA and ISA transfer.
Kick Out Deposit Planyes

3%

per annum

Up to
6 years
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Capital protected deposit plan with the potential to mature after years 3, 4, 5 and 6. If the plan matures early it will return 3% times the number of years the plan has been in force. Also available for Cash ISA and ISA transfer.

The value of investments and any return from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information below. 


Income Fund ISA Transfers
 Product NameISA OptionIncome YieldMore Info
Henderson Strategic Bondyes5.7%More Info >
Income Paid Quarterly. Investing in higher yielding assets which will include most types of fixed interest securities, this fund aims to deliver a quarterly income to investors. See latest fund factsheet for details.
Newton Asian Incomeyes5.43%More Info >
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.
Newton Higher Incomeyes5.4%More Info >
Income Paid Quarterly. The objective of the Fund is to achieve increasing distributions on a calendar year basis with long term capital growth. The Fund may also invest in collective investment schemes. See latest fund factsheet for details.
*Current Income Yields are Gross, Variable and Not Guaranteed
**Historic Yield reflects distributions declared over the past 12 months as a percentage of the mid-market price of the fund.
*** This is the target yield the fund aims to achieve per year, it is not guaranteed and could change according to prevailing market conditions. The target yield is net of basic rate tax.
Information correct as at 08/02/2012.

The value of investments and any return from them can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the full amount invested. Please ensure that you read the Important Risk Information below. 


 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.