Your ISA allowance for 2017-18: £20,000
An ISA (Individual Savings Account) is a tax-efficient way for you to save or invest. There are four types of ISA - Stocks & Shares ISAs, Cash ISAs, Innovative Finance ISAs and Lifetime ISAs.
Each year, you can save or invest up to a certain amount in an ISA - known as the ISA allowance.
You need to be 18 or over and a UK resident to open an ISA with us.
What's a Cash ISA?
It’s basically a savings account where you don’t pay tax on any interest you earn. So if you have any savings it can be good idea to start with a Cash ISA.
What’s a Stocks & Shares ISA?
It’s a tax-efficient investment account that lets you put your money into cash and/or different types of investments. With Stocks & Shares ISAs, any returns you make will be tax-efficient.
Remember, as with any investment, the value of your fund can go up or down, and may be worth less than you paid in.
Which type of ISA is right for you?
|Stocks & Shares ISA||Cash ISA|
|Where does my money go?||Into funds or directly into investments such as shares or bonds.||It's a type of savings account where your money is saved as cash.|
|How long do you need to be prepared to save for?||Medium to long term. This normally means at least five years.||Up to you – there’s no recommended timescale.|
|How much can you save each year?||This depends on the ISA allowance. For 2017-2018 this is £20,000.||This depends on the ISA allowance. For 2017-2018 this is £20,000.|
|Is it tax-efficient?||Greater potential for your money to grow tax-efficiently if invested.||You won't pay tax on any interest earned from cash savings.|
|Is there any risk?||You need to be prepared to take some investment risk as you are choosing to invest in financial markets.||There’s no investment risk but the amount you have saved may be affected by inflation.|
|How much do you need to know about investments?||Many providers offer ready-made funds if you don’t want to be a DIY investor.||Nothing. Your money isn’t invested.|
|Can I access my money?||Yes - unless you’ve chosen a fixed term ISA. However for a small number of investment options there could be a delay.||Yes - unless you’ve chosen a fixed term ISA.|
|Can I transfer other ISAs into an existing Standard Life Stocks & Shares ISA?||You can transfer an existing Stocks & Shares ISA and/or a Cash ISA to a Stocks & Shares ISA with us without any loss of tax status. We cannot currently accept a transfer from either an Innovative Finance ISA or Lifetime ISA
||You can instruct us to transfer an existing Stocks & Shares ISA and/or a Cash ISA to a Stocks & Shares ISA with us without any loss of tax status. We cannot currently accept a transfer from either an Innovative Finance ISA or Lifetime ISA
We offer a Stocks & Shares ISA
You can put your £20,000 ISA allowance for 2017/18 in a Stocks & Shares ISA, a Cash ISA or a mixture of the two.
You can also transfer any ISA savings you’ve built up previously freely between a Stocks & Shares ISA and a Cash ISA.
Laws and tax rules may change in the future. The information here is based on our understanding in April 2017. Personal circumstances also have an impact on tax treatment.
This ISA is provided by Standard Life Savings Limited and is arranged through Standard Life Client Management Limited.