Isas

The basics of investing in an Isa

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An Individual Savings Account (Isa) is a tax-efficient wrapper for your savings and investments. You can fill it with investments such as funds, stocks or bonds – or just leave it in cash. Here, we introduce you to the basics of investing in Isas.

Five of the best Isas for shares

There are a few differences between charges for funds and charges for shares Isas. Here’s what to consider – and five of the best Isas for shares.

How to find the best funds Isa

Charges for funds Isas vary greatly, so choosing the best broker for you takes research. Here, we aim to help you narrow down the types of brokers likely to suit you.

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How to invest in a stocks and shares Isa

In this short video tutorial, Ed Bowsher runs through the nuts and bolts of opening a stocks and shares Isa, and gives you some investment ideas to consider.


Isa calculator

Use our simple Isa calculator to find out how money deposited in an Isa account can grow over time.

Click here to open the Isa calculator


Choosing the right investment platform for you

When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa, there are several investing platforms to choose from.

Also known as fund supermarkets, they all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.

Compare broker prices and services here.


Five of the best Isas for international stocks

Your Isa investments don’t have to be limited to the UK. It’s also possible to hold shares in foreign firms too. Here are five of the best Isas for international stocks.

Five of the best cash Isas

It’s important to get the best deal you can on your cash Isa – the best accounts are significantly higher than the worst ones. Here are five of the best cash Isas.

Five of the best brokers for bonds in an Isa

If you’re investing in bonds – either directly or through bond funds – it makes sense to consider holding them in an Isa. Here are five of the best Isas for bonds.

Should you pick an Isa or a Sipp?

If you’re planning to retire in the next few years, a pension may now be a better bet than an Isa. Here, we list five of the best Sipps available now.

The Kids' Portfolio: the four best funds to buy for your children

Investing for your children's long-term future is an excellent idea. But what should you buy? The Kids' Portfolio is a simple collection of four funds intended to be tucked away for 20 to 40 years.


Why Isas are still the best place for cash

George Osborne’s new tax-free allowance on cash deposits is good news, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But don’t neglect your Isa.

Osborne’s Isa changes sound nice on paper, but I’m not a fan

Isas have been hugely successful in encouraging wealth-building habits among the British public. But George Osborne’s latest tinkering threatens to undermine that, says David Thornton.

What Budget 2015 means for you (assuming George survives the election)

George Osborne has laid his cards on the table with his final Budget of this government. John Stepek explains what that means for your money.

A great year for Isas

The past year has been a much bigger and better one for individual savings accounts (Isas) than anybody expected this time last year.

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