Investment ISAs Explained

Investment ISAs explained - All you need to know...

What is an ISA?

There are two types of ISA, which are:

Cash ISAs »


Stocks & Shares ISAs »


ISA limit:

For the 2014/15 tax year, all eligible savers can invest up to £15,000 in an ISA. This change followed the announcement that from the 2011/2012 tax year the annual ISA allowance will increase in line with inflation.


See the tables below for leading investment ISA deals:

Investment ISAs
ProviderAccountISA TransfersProtection schemeFund choiceInvest From:More info
yes

FSCS

Managed Potfolio

Min. £500 single

(+ £100pm for ISAs below £5,000)

More Info >
Why we like it: Get an intelligent stocks & shares ISA portfolio, fully managed by our expert team. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500 (plus £100 per month for ISAs below £5,000). One simple annual portfolio management fee – 0.3% to 0.95% depending on how much you invest, incl VAT. Regular rebalancing – at no extra cost – plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Regulated by the FCA and protected by the FSCS. Capital at risk.
yes

FSCS

2,000+ funds

£50 per month

or just £5 single

More Info >
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.
yes

FSCS

1,500+ funds

£50 per month

or £500 single

More Info >
Why we like it: Invest through an award winning FTSE company, with extensive research and analysis and competitive charges. Choose from a range of investments including shares, funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs.


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.
Investment ISAs
ProviderAccountISA TransfersProtection schemeFund choiceInvest From:More info
yes

FSCS

Managed Potfolio

Min. £500 single

(+ £100pm for ISAs below £5,000)

More Info >
Why we like it: Get an intelligent stocks & shares ISA portfolio, fully managed by our expert team. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500 (plus £100 per month for ISAs below £5,000). One simple annual portfolio management fee – 0.3% to 0.95% depending on how much you invest, incl VAT. Regular rebalancing – at no extra cost – plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Regulated by the FCA and protected by the FSCS. Capital at risk.
yes

FSCS

2,000+ funds

£50 per month

or just £5 single

More Info >
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.
yes

FSCS

1,500+ funds

£50 per month

or £500 single

More Info >
Why we like it: Invest through an award winning FTSE company, with extensive research and analysis and competitive charges. Choose from a range of investments including shares, funds, gilts, bonds, investment trusts and ETFs.


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.

Investment ISAs - Income
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermMaximum Potential IncomeMore Info
FTSE Contingent Income PlanNatixisyesUp to 10 years

8.25%

per annum

More Info >
  • Up to 8.25% 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 6% per year if FTSE falls by 40%
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfers - 13 January 2017
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by cheque - 23 January 2017
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by bank transfer - 27 January 2017
  • 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 100 Kick-Out Income PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

7.00%

per annum

More Info >
  • Up to 7% per year based on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index
  • Income paid even if Index falls by up to 25%
  • Potential early maturity from year 2 onwards
  • Quarterly payments
  • 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 40% at maturity from 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 Contingent Income PlanCredit Suisse AGyesUp to
6 years

6.56%

per annum

More Info >
  • Up to 6.56% 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 1 onwards
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfers - 30 November 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by cheque - 8 December 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct and 2016/17 ISA applications by bank transfer - 14 December 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.
Investment ISAs - Growth
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermMaximum Potential ReturnMore Info
FTSE 100 Enhanced Kick Out PlanInvestec Bank plcyesUp to
6 years

10%

per annum

More Info >
  • 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

More Info >
  • 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

More Info >
  • 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.

You may pay into both a stocks and shares (investment) ISA and a cash ISA during the same tax year provided you do not exceed the annual limits. 

Guides

Read our guide to ISAs for information about allowances and ISA transfers.


For more information on how savings and investments are taxed see our Savings and Investments Tax Guide.


ISAs Explained: ISA benefits

  • No tax on income from your ISA
  • No tax on capital gains arising on your ISA
  • No tax when the policy pays out

ISAs Explained: Who can have an ISA?

To open an ISA you have to be aged 18, or 16 for a cash ISA. You must be a resident in the UK. You cannot hold an ISA jointly with, or on behalf of, anyone else.


See the tables for stocks and shares ISAs or visit cash ISAs for cash ISA options.

Fund ISAs - Income
 Product NameISA OptionIncome YieldMore Info
Henderson Strategic Bondyes5.7%More Info >
Newton Asian Incomeyes5.43%More Info >
Newton Higher Incomeyes5.4%More Info >
*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.