Individual Savings Accounts (ISA/NISAs/LISAs)
An ISA is not an investment in itself, but a 'wrapper' that shields your investment in cash or stocks and shares from income tax and capital gains tax.
You can usually change the investments you hold within your ISA wrapper if you wish. An individual can contribute up to £15,240 pa (2016/17) into an ISA now called a NISA, the amount contributed can be a mixture of Cash or Stocks & Shares with no restrictions to the overall weighting. So you can have £15,240 in cash or £15,240 in stocks and shares or any combination of the two to suit your needs.
You are able to transfer existing ISAs to other providers without affecting your ISA investment limits.
In the March 2016 budget the Chancellor announced a new Lifetime Individual Savings Account (LISA) designed to help young people to save flexibly for the long term throughout their lives.
It is designed to work in conjucntion with existing ISA products and be simple for savers to us.
From April 2017, people un der 40 will be able to open a LISA and contribute up to £4000 per year.
The Government will then provide a 25% bonus on these contributions at the end of the tax year.
Find out more by downloading our LISA guide here.
ISA Transfer Analysis Service
Most people accumulate a number of different ISA plans. Yet maintaining separate plans is often complicated - and may lead to lost investment opportunities, exposure to undue risk and higher costs.
Cosgrove Brown can help you avoid these problems by completing a full analysis of your ISA funds and where appropriate move you into one easy to understand and control ISA wrapper. The service includes a full review your existing ISA plans, identifying any funding gaps and agreeing the best investment strategy for you for the future.
The outcome of the review should make managing your ISA easier and less time-consuming with only one plan to keep track of, monitoring the performance of your ISA fund is simpler quicker and more cost-effective as you pay only one set of charges, rather than separate charges for several plans.
The tax advantages of ISA’s are any income and/or capital gains made within your ISA are tax-free,any income withdrawn from your ISA is not deemed 'income' for tax purposes and therefore escapes tax.
Sometimes referred to as insurance bonds, investment bonds are single-premium (i.e. lump sum rather than regular) savings contracts issued by life insurance companies. They offer you a simple and, if used correctly, potentially tax-efficient investment that can help you maximise your income.
Open ended investment Company (OEIC)
These funds can mix different types of investment strategies such as income and growth, and small capitalised and or large capitlised businesses.
A type of company or fund in the UK that is structured to invest in other companies with the ability to adjust constantly its investment criteria and fund size. These are open ended, which means that they can adjust the amount of shares in the fund by either issuing or eliminating shares. When shares are issued, the fund receives money and invests it. When eliminating shares, the fund pays out money from the fund.
A wrap account can bring together all of your investments - including shares, bonds, cash, investment trusts, unit trusts and pensions - under one roof. They can also bring together the various tax wrappers such as ISA’s, and self-invested personal pensions (Sipps).
Wraps (wrap accounts) also allow investors to buy the funds of investment managers across the whole market. This means that, provided you choose a wrap that offers a personal pension, you can mix and match anything you like within that personal pension (subject to pension investment rules) rather than being limited to traditional pension products.