Junior Investment Account

A flexible way to start saving for your child's future.

As children grow so can their savings

This plan is an easy and tax-efficient way to invest in the global stock market for the child in your life.

It provides an affordable way for parents and grandparents to build a savings pot for their little ones.

What our Junior Investment Account offers you:

  • No investment limit
  • Maximise your inheritance tax advantages
  • A range of 10 investment trusts
  • Invest from as little as £25 per month

Let’s talk about risk

The value of your investments and any income from them can go down as well as up and you may not get back the original amount invested.

What is a Junior Investment Account?

The BMO Junior Investment Account is a straightforward way to invest in the global stock market through BMO’s award-winning investment trusts. If you’re looking for a simple way to save for the child in your life then a Junior Investment Account could be perfect for you.

Why choose a Junior Investment Account?

Investment 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.

No investment limit

Maximise your child’s investments by contributing to a JIA after you’ve invested the maximum in a CTF or Junior Investment Account.

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 aims 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 are the fees?
  • Annual charge – £25 + VAT
  • Dealing charges per holding for postal instructions – £12 and £8 for online instructions.
  • These charges do not apply to the reinvestment of dividends and/or monthly instalments.
  • 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.

The BMO General Investment Account is a flexible way to save for the child in your life and capture the growth potential of the stock market.

We are one of the leading providers of children’s investment products. Take a look at the benefits of creating an investment fund with us for whatever their future holds.

Complete flexibility – unlike the Junior ISA and Child Trust Fund (CTF) you can decide when you gift the money to the child. If you set the plan up in your name or the child’s you can also make withdrawals related to the child, making it ideal for childcare costs, school trip funds or even school fees.

Range of savings options – you can build a nest egg for your child by saving from as little as £25 per month, that’s less than £1 a day. You can also invest a minimum £250 or a combination of both and top up your investment plan at any time.

No investment limit – you can maximise the tax allowances available to your children by investing up to the maximum limits in a CTF or Junior ISA. Any additional contributions could then be invested into a Junior Investment Account.

Maximise your inheritance tax advantages – grandparents who are saving for their grandchildren can reduce their inheritance tax (IHT) liability as sums gifted to the child are free of IHT if the donor lives for seven years after making the gift.

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.

The whole family can take part – grandparents, godparents, friends and relatives can all add money to your little one’s savings pot. Great for birthday or Christmas gifts.

Invest in the long-term potential of the stock market – take advantage of the benefits that investing in the stock market can offer with the potential for long-term capital growth. Capital isn’t guaranteed as it is in a cash account but historically equities have significantly outperformed cash over the long term.

Junior Investment Account – Retaining ownership

Retaining ownership means you can keep control of your investments and access the money before your child reaches 18.

This flexibility means you can use it for day-to-day expenses, like school fees, sports equipment or other necessities. The plan is held in your name with the child’s name as a designation. This will usually be done by putting their initial on the account name. You can then transfer the account into your child’s name when they are 18, or you can decide to keep it in your name.

Junior Investment Account – Gifting ownership

By deciding to give ownership to the child, the funds are given to the child now. However, as children under 18 cannot be the legal owner of an account, you can appoint up to four adults to look after the investment on behalf of the child. This has the benefit that it would not form part of your estate for inheritance tax purposes. You will not be able to access the money as the assets belong to the child.

However, withdrawals can be made for the child’s expenses. If you’re a trustee you’ll have legal control over the plan until the child reaches legal capacity. That is 18 years old in England and 16 years old in Scotland.

Investing in the BMO Junior Investment Account is quick and straightforward. You can apply online if in sole name, meaning there are no joint holders, in minutes or simply 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.

Choose whether you want to keep or gift ownership.

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.

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