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What is an investment ISA?

An investment ISA is also known as a stocks and shares ISA. In this short video, Clare explains what it is and what the main benefits are.

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Who's this for? All investors

The value of investments can fall as well as rise and you could get back less than you invest. If you’re not sure about investing, seek independent advice. Tax rules can change and their effects on you will depend on your individual circumstances.

Hello, I am Clare, Savings and Investments Director at Smart Investor, and I am going to explain what an investment ISA is. Please be aware though that we can not offer personal advice so if you do not feel confident about making an investment decision on your own, do seek independent financial advice. An investment ISA, also known as a stocks and shares ISA, is a tax efficient wrapper in which you can buy, hold, and sell investments.

When you invest in an ISA, all capital gains and income made from your investments are tax-free within the UK. But this may not be the case if you invest outside of an ISA.

You need to stick to the rules though, as there are limits on how much you can pay into an ISA each tax year. If you fill in a UK self-assessment tax return, you do not need to include ISAs on this. We have got loads more information about ISAs and investing on our website, so take a look and find out more.

In these four short videos Clare tells us what an investment ISA is, how much you can save, what you can invest in, and how ISA flexibility works.

They’re all bite sized videos, each roughly one-minute-long to give you a quick overview of ISAs. If you’re looking for some more detailed information, we’ve got lots of articles to help. Here are a few you might be interested in:

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An easy way to start investing

We offer two ways to invest using an Investment ISA (also known as a stocks and shares ISA). Choose your own investments with Smart Investor, or let us make the decisions for you with Plan & Invest. Either way, invest up to £20,000 per year and any returns you make are tax-free1.

Start investing to make the most of those special times to come by using your new 2021-22 ISA allowance in an Investment ISA today. The sooner you begin, the sooner you could grow your money, tax efficiently.

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