Investing in Funds

Investing in Funds

Invest From
£100 per month or £1,500 single
Fund Choice
Choose from 6 funds based on risk level or build your own portfolio
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Not only do they look after your health, but they help you look after your wealth – by adding extra money to your ISA every 5 years – on top of returns – when you invest in Vitality funds. This could get you an extra 15% over 25 years. Open a new ISA before 5 April, and they’ll give you 100% cashback on your first year’s product charges. Minimum investment and T&Cs apply.

 

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital at risk. Charges may apply.  The amount of tax you save and your eligibility to invest in an ISA depends on your personal circumstances. All tax rules may change in the future.  ISA transfer charges may apply, please check with your provider.

Invest From
£2,500
Fund Choice
Managed Portfolios
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Investec Click & Invest is an online investment service that aims to make actively managed, globally diversified investment portfolios accessible to a wider audience. Everyone deserves harder working money, and Click & Invest’s goal is to make a positive difference to more financial futures. Their experts build and manage investment portfolios from £2,500 online, intelligently blending expertise with high-quality service. With a £2,500 minimum investment, Click & Invest aims to deliver an exceptional service for a straightforward fee. They offer both stocks and shares ISAs and general investment accounts, with a seamless online experience, with dedicated 24/7 support available. Capital at risk.

 

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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.

Invest From
£2,500
Fund Choice
Managed Portfolios
Zero set up and management fees
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Astute Capital Stocks & Shares ISA. Choose between four different high interest managed account options (access, income, balance or growth) which have four different fixed rate terms from 1 to 5 years. Unlike most ISA and investment accounts, there are no set up charges or management fees. Simple, online application process. Returns are based on current available rates and are not guaranteed. Your capital is at risk.

 

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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. Not covered under the FSCS

Invest From
£25 per month or £100 single
Fund Choice
2,500+ funds
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA & Non-ISA Options

Why we like it: Choose your own funds or alternatively a ready made portfolio. Market-beating savings and discounts of up to 5.5%. No charge to buy and sell funds. Low, tiered annual charges for holding funds, with a maximum of just 0.45% per annum. Free fund updates and analysis from experienced research team. Invest with a financially secure, FTSE 100 company.

Invest From
£25 per month or £100 single
Fund Choice
40,000+ UK and global stocks
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: ISA prize draw – win £20,000. Subscribe £2,500 or more to your 2018/19 ISA for automatic entry. Terms and conditions apply. An award-winning ISA that gives you complete control. The second largest platform in the UK with the widest choice of investment options in the market including funds, investment trusts, ETF’s and more. Open online in less than 10 minutes. Access to expert independent ideas and analysis. Low cost fees and trading

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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.

Invest From
£25 per month
Fund Choice
2,000 + funds
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA & Non-ISA Options

Why we like it: Wide range of investment funds to help you build a diversified portfolio across geographic markets, industry sectors or asset classes. You can invest in AJ Bell Passive funds, or choose from the recommended active and tracker funds on the Favourite funds list. Or, you can browse our extensive funds universe. Deal online and on the go with our free mobile app. Free subscription to Shares magazine if your balance is £4,000 or more

Invest From
£50 per month
Fund Choice
Over 140 providers and 3,000 investment options
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Invest from as little as £50 a month or with a £1,000 lump sum. Investment choice from over 140 fund providers, giving you access to 3,000 investment options. One low-cost service fee of 0.35%. Great service – from investment guidance on website through to UK-based phones team. PathFinder, Select 50, Investment Finder – investing tools for beginners to advanced investors. 24/7 access via online Account Management system.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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.

Invest From
£500 single
Fund Choice
Discretionary Investment Management
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Get an intelligent stocks & shares ISA portfolio – Choose a portfolio that’s fully managed by our expert team or a fixed allocation portfolio. No tie-ins, no set-up fees, no exit charges. Easy, online set up in minutes. Start with as little as £500. Portfolio management fees of 0.45%-0.75% up to £100k. 0.25%-0.35% beyond £100k. There are also underlying investment charges, see our fees page. Plus, live chat, amazing customer support and brilliant investor tools and guides. Authorised and regulated by the FCA. Capital at risk. ISA rules apply

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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.

Invest From
£50 per month or £500 single
Fund Choice
Choice of Funds from Scottish Friendly
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: Invest from only £10 a month, lump sums from just £100 or a combination of both using your tax-free Investment ISA allowance. You can stop, restart, raise or lower your payments or your investments and cash in whenever you want. Choice of investing in one easy choice fund ISA, or a selection of nine different fund ISA’s. Your money will be invested in a policy within a Scottish Friendly ISA which will then invest in a choice of funds from Scottish Friendly including stock market and bond funds.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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.

Invest From
£30 per month or £500 single
Fund Choice
With-Profits Fund
Protection Scheme
FSCS
ISA Transfers

Why we like it: You don’t have to make any tricky investment decisions; your money will be invested in Shepherds With Profits Fund, and the bonuses you could receive will depend on the future performance of the fund. To try to achieve higher returns for you, your money is invested in a variety of assets, the majority of which consist of stocks and shares, but also property, bonds and cash. While returns are not guaranteed in stocks and shares investments and the value can go down as well as up, Shepherds apply a process known as ‘smoothing’ that attempts to even out fluctuations in the value and aims to keep a consistent level of bonus payments.

Important information: Investment ISAs are tax-efficient wrappers for long term investments. Capital 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.

Why use a fund platform?

You may have decided on the fund or funds you wish to invest in. The next step is to choose a fund platform – the advantage of a platform is that it gives you flexibility in managing your investments which you don’t get if you invest directly with one fund manager. You can buy funds simply online usually at a discount and as well as a direct account, you also have the option with all good platforms to hold the fund in a tax free wrapper such as an ISA or a SIPP.

The ISA allowance for the current tax year is £20,000. Investing in an ISA is tax efficient, especially for any income that would otherwise be subject to income tax and you’re also protected from capital gains tax.

As well as investing in funds with a platform you can invest in other types of investments such as shares, bonds, ETFs, gilts and structured products. Most platforms will also provide useful research tools and ways of assessing performance of investment funds you are considering.