Stocks and Shares ISAs

Compare Stocks and Shares ISAs

 

Stocks and shares ISAs offer a tax efficient way of investing, available to UK residents or Crown employees over the age of 18. There are a wide range of stocks and shares ISAs, also known as investment ISAs on the market, so it is a good idea to shop around for investments that meets your needs.


Use our selection of the latest investment ISAs - including income and growth options, defined return and defined term investment plans, investment funds, and more - to help you decide where to use your ISA allowance in 2014/15. 


Use the tables below to compare leading stocks and shares ISAs:

 

Stocks and Shares ISAs - Growth Structured Investment Plans
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
FTSE 100 Defensive Kick-Out PlanInvestec Bank plcyesUp to
6 years

7.75%

per annum

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  • 7.75% for each year (not compounded) provided the FTSE 100 finishes above 90% of its starting value
  • Potential to mature early, from year 3 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 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
  • An arrangement fee applies to this plan
  • Product designed to be held for the full term
FTSE Defensive Kick Out PlanCredit Suisse AGyesUp to
6 years

7.30%

per annum

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  • Potential early maturity return of 7.30% x the number of years the plan has been active
  • Maximum 6 year structured investment plan
  • Potential for early maturity from year 2
  • Kick out level required reduces by 20% over term of plan
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfer applications - 30 November 2016
  • Investment deadline for direct & ISA applications by cheque - 8 December 2016 
  • Investment deadline for direct & ISA applications by bank transfer - 14 December 2016
  • Capital at risk
  • Repayment of your capital and payment of any return depends on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index and the ability of the counterparty Credit Suisse AG to pay at maturity
  • Arrangement fee applies
  • If you decide to sell the plan early, you may get back less than your original investment
  • May close early if oversubscribed
FTSE Step Down Kick Out PlanNatixisyesUp to
6 years

7.30%

per annum

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  • Potential early maturity return of 7.30% x the number of years the plan has been active
  • Maximum 6 year structured investment plan
  • Potential for early maturity from year 2
  • Kick out level required reduces by 20% over term of plan
  • Available for ISA, ISA transfer and direct investment
  • Investment deadline for ISA transfer applications - 4 January 2017
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by cheque - 12 January 2017
  • Investment deadline for direct and ISA applications by bank transfer - 18 January 2017
  • Capital at risk
  • Repayment of your capital and payment of any return depends on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index and the ability of the counterparty Natixis to pay at maturity
  • Arrangement fee applies
  • If you decide to sell the plan early, you may get back less than your original investment
  • May close early if oversubscribed
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.

Stocks and Shares ISAs - Growth Investment ISAs
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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. 


Stocks and Shares ISAs - Income Structured Investment Plans
ProviderPlan NameCounterpartyISA OptionTermMaximum Potential IncomeMore Info
FTSE Contingent Income PlanNatixisyesUp to 10 years

8.25%

per annum

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  • 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

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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 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

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  • 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
FTSE 100 Defined Income PlanInvestec Bank plcyes6 years

6.00%

per annum

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  • Up to 6% per year based on the performance of the FTSE 100 Index
  • Income paid even if Index falls by up to 25%
  • Missed payments added to future payment next time quartery Index level above 75%
  • 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 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 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.


How does a stocks and shares ISA work?


A stocks and shares ISA acts as a tax-efficient ‘wrapper’ for your investments, allowing you invest up to a set amount per year (£15,000 for 2014-15) while paying a reduced amount of tax on any investment income you make. Your personal allowance for a stocks and shares ISA is £15,000 for the 2014-15 tax year. Investing this amount would use up your full ISA allowance, but if you prefer, you can divide your ISA allowance between a cash ISA and a stocks and shares ISA. You could, for example, put some of your allowance in a cash ISA and the remaining balance can be invested in stocks and shares. When considering a stocks and shares ISA, bear in mind that tax treatment may vary and is subject to change in the future.


 

Can I transfer a stocks and shares ISA to a new provider? 

 

You can switch your investments within the stocks and shares ISA, or transfer your ISA to another provider without it affecting your allowance for that tax year. To transfer a stocks and shares ISA from one provider to another, speak to the new provider, who will arrange it on your behalf.


 

What do I need to bear in mind when choosing a stocks and shares ISA?


Different stocks and shares ISA providers offer different levels of risk, as well as varying potential returns. Some are focused on specific types of asset, while others are more varied. If you want the opportunity to spread your investments around different areas – and thus avoid putting all your eggs in one basket – you could choose a stocks and shares ISA provider that specialises in diverse portfolio management.

 


One of the key advantages of a stocks and shares ISA is that it can offer the potential to deliver higher returns than a cash ISA, especially if you plan to hold it over the long term. Holding a stocks and shares ISA for a longer period of time increases your chances of riding out fluctuations in the market. If you’re looking to hold your investment for at least five years, and are happy to take on a level of risk, then a stocks and shares ISA might be a suitable choice for you.

 


However, stocks and shares ISAs don’t provide the same level of security as cash ISAs. If you’re saving for the short term, need easy access to your money, can’t afford to risk your capital, or are simply risk-averse, then a stocks and shares ISA probably won’t be suitable for you. As with all financial decisions, it’s best to seek independent advice if you’re unsure. 

 

If a stocks and shares ISA isn't the right choice for you, we also provide access to a leading range of cash ISAs:


 

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 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.