Duck the dividend tax with share Isas

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Our cash-strapped government is coming after shareholders with higher dividend taxes, but investment Isas are still tax-free.

The best Isa deals for your cash

Build up your savings in an Isa and it remains tax-free for life, no matter how large the lump sum becomes. Here’s our round-up of the top rates available.

IF Isas: a bold way to build your capital

Innovative Finance Isas are the newest kids on the block, offering diverse ways to invest, but be aware that high rewards mean greater risk.

Isa basics: what you need to know

All you need to know about how Isas work, including how much you can pay in, what you can hold, and how to transfer an Isa.

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.

When it comes to buying shares and funds to put in your Isa or pension, there are several investment platforms or online brokers to choose from, all offering different fee structures to suit varying individual investing habits.

What you can learn from the first Isa millionaire

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Invest in solid family-run firms, focus on dividend growth and take a long-term view, says noted private investor John Lee.

Tax breaks for early-stage investors with VCTs

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If you’ve already used your Isa and pension allowances, then venture capital trusts and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) may be the investment vehicles for you.

The one problem with Isas, and how to avoid it

Isas are marvellous – apart from one thing. Pass them on to your heirs and they’ll pay inheritance tax. But there is a way around this, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Innovative Isas finally take off

Last year, new innovative finance individual savings accounts (IF Isas) failed to make a mark, says David Prosser. This year will be different.

A Christmas boost for the Lisa

Tired of turkey, 50 people opened a lifetime individual savings account on Christmas, says David Prosser – glad tidings to Lisa supporters.

Take advantage of flexible Isas

Ruth Jackson explains why it’s worth taking advantage of the flexibility these products offer.

Barclays stockbroking: not so smart

Barclays has managed to infuriate thousands of its customers with the launch of its new stockbroking service. Here’s what to do it if affects you.

Don’t abandon cash Isas

People are abandoning cash Isas in their droves since the introduction of the personal savings allowance. But abandoning cash Isas completely is a mistake that could leave you facing a tax bill in the future.

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