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ISAs or Individual savings accounts are an ideal way for most people to invest as they offer generous tax benefits and allow you to access your money when you want. Whatever you are saving for, when you invest in an ISA you pay no further tax on any income earned or any gains when you sell your investments.
You get an ISA allowance each year which runs out on the 5 April - for the 2017/18 tax year your allowance is £20,000. You can invest this as one lump sum or smaller amounts but must remember that once the tax year is over if you have not used all your allowance you will lose it.
Stocks and shares ISAs also offer great flexibility; you can access your money when you need it. And when you come to take your money out of your ISA you don’t pay any tax which means you get to keep all of the income and investment growth you’ve made.
Our stocks and shares ISA could be just what you are looking for but please read our ISA key features, risks and terms and conditions before you open an account to make sure it is right for you. AJ Bell Youinvest does not offer investment advice, so you would need to be sure you are comfortable with managing your ISA yourself before opening an account. If you are transferring an existing ISA to us we’ll pay up to £500 to help cover the costs your current provider charges for transferring your account.
Choosing the right investment for your ISA can be daunting - our favourite funds list is here to help. The list is our pick of the best funds for medium to long-term growth or to provide income. Our handy filter tool helps you create a shortlist of funds so that you can research and find the right fund for your portfolio. Or if you would prefer to leave it to the experts our AJ Bell Passive funds could be right for your portfolio.
For more information on the wide range of investments you can invest in your ISA, including shares, funds, exchange traded funds and investments trusts, visit our investment options page.
If you are looking to save for your child then our Junior ISA could be the ideal account. You can open a Junior ISA online and invest in a wide range of funds and shares. If you already have an AJ Bell account, you can link your family accounts together through our platform for easy management.
We do not offer cash ISAs. If you are interested in a Lifetime ISA please register for more information and we will contact you when we launch this in 2017. For more information on Lifetime ISAs and for a comparison between ISAs, Lifetime ISAs and SIPPs please read our Lifetime ISA page.
If you are saving for retirement then you may want to consider a Self-invested personal pension (SIPP). You can compare all the accounts we offer including Dealing accounts on our account comparison page which will help you pick the right account for your investment needs.
The current ISA allowance is £20,000 and you can choose to use your total allowance in a stocks and shares ISA or you can choose to split the allowance with other types of ISAs. However you must not go over your annual limit in total or pay into more than one ISA of the same type in any one tax year.