Individual Savings Account

A tax-efficient way to give your money a chance to grow.

What is a stocks and shares ISA?

An Individual Savings Account, or ISA, is an account that acts as a wrapper to hold a range of different investments. The right ISA for you depends on your goals and your attitude towards risk.

A Stocks and Shares ISA allows you to invest up to £20,000 in the 2018/19 tax year and at the same level in the next tax year.

This tax-efficient investment plan lets you tap into the potential of the stock market and the skills of our fund managers to potentially help your investments grow over the long-term.

What our Stocks and Shares ISA offers you:

  • Tax-efficient savings
  • Flexible to your needs
  • Simplicity
  • Invest with as little as £50 per month per trust or £500 up front

Let’s talk about risk

There’s an element of risk involved with a stocks and shares investment ISA. The value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally put in. You need to be aged 18 or over and be a UK resident, and you should consider this as a longer-term investment. Tax allowances and the benefits of tax-efficient accounts are subject to change and tax treatment depends upon your individual circumstances.

Stocks and Shares ISA compared to cash ISA

While a savings account or cash ISA can offer easy access and security of guaranteed capital, returns can be modest. Investing with a Stocks and Shares ISA provides an opportunity for stronger returns over the long-term, but you should be prepared to take on a higher level of risk. 

Why choose a Stocks and Shares ISA?

Benefit from our expertise

Our experienced fund managers make informed investment decisions for you. We invest in a range of equities, bonds, property and private equity.

Investment trust options

Whether you’re looking for growth or income, you can create an investment portfolio that meets your needs.

Tax-efficient investment

When you invest with a stocks and shares ISA you don’t pay any additional income tax or capital gains tax on any investment profits you may make.

How to invest

Opening a new BMO account or topping up your existing account is easy. Get all the information you need about how to invest.

Get started now

Opening an investment plan online is simple and only takes a few minutes.

Our investment trusts

Our 10 investment trusts provide a range of investment opportunities, including access to equities, bonds, property and private equity.

Each trust has different goals and strategies. You can select a trust that aims for capital growth, income, or both. Some have a specific regional focus, while others take a global approach.

Please see the Key Information Documents (KIDs) for further details on the risks for each trust.

Frequently asked questions

What will it cost me?

 

  • Annual charge – £60 + VAT
  • Dealing charge – 0.2% on sales and purchases
  • Government stamp duty of 0.5% also applies on purchases of UK shares only

Please make sure you read the pre-sales costs disclosure before you invest. You will need to sign a declaration on our forms that confirms you have read it.

Tax-efficient investments – with an ISA you don’t pay additional tax on income or capital gains meaning you could make the most of the money you save.

Long-term potential of stock market investing – capture the potential of the stock market for long-term capital growth.

Access all 10 of our investment trusts – our investment trusts invest in a range of asset types in the UK and globally. These include equities, bonds, property and private equity. These investment trusts all benefit from the skills and expertise of our team of fund managers.

Tailor to your circumstances – our investment trusts have different strategies and aims meaning you can create an investment portfolio to meet your requirements. If your circumstances and needs change over time you can switch between trusts as and when you need to, subject to applicable charges.

Flexible investment options – low minimum initial investment. Choose from just £50 per month or £500 lump sum.

Opening an ISA with F&C is straightforward and can be done in minutes. You can apply online or complete an application form.

  • Choose your investment trusts – decide which of our investment trusts you’d like to invest into.
  • Decide on how much you want to invest – you can invest monthly, in lump sums or a combination of both.
  • Make sure you’re happy to go ahead – read the Key Features and Terms & Conditions for our products – make sure that you understand them including any charges that apply to the products and are happy to go ahead.

Over the years you may have built up a large portfolio of ISAs and a quick review may show they don’t meet your current investment needs;

  • Performance of your investment may not have delivered as you expected
  • You may be looking for a more income orientated investment
  • Your portfolio may be too focused on a single strategy and you’d like to diversify further

Consolidating your ISAs with a single provider can help you to reduce your overall cost for your ISA portfolio as well as make administration and monitoring much easier.

At BMO we only have a single charge no matter how many ISAs you hold with us. The transfer process is easy all you need to do is complete a transfer form and we will take care of the rest. The process can take between 4 and 6 weeks.

If you wish to transfer your ISA to another provider you should contact your new provider who will provide you with the relevant form to complete. They will then contact us to arrange the transfer. When we receive the transfer request we will collect our transfer charge along with any pro-rata management fees due and either transfer the shares or sell the shares and transfer the proceeds to your new ISA plan manager as instructed.

It is not possible to change the ownership of shares that are held within an ISA without losing your ISA status. If you would like to do this please phone us and we can discuss your options.

Payments are normally made from the ISA account holder. We can accept payments from third parties however we will require a letter, signed by them and sent along with the payment, that confirms that the money is being irrevocably gifted to the ISA account holder. We may also be required to verify the identity of the payer (for example, a certified copy of their current passport or driving licence for identity and a copy of a bank statement or utility bill as proof of address). If someone else is planning to make a payment into your ISA you may want to contact our Investor Services team (0345 600 3030) in advance of the payment being sent to check if anything further will be required.

Yes, you can do this by simply completing our Private Investor Plan (PIP) transfer of sale proceeds to ISA form. This will mean your shares will be sold and the proceeds used to buy shares within an ISA account in your name.

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