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Maximise your savings before the end of the tax year with a stocks and shares ISA

This article is not advice or a recommendation to buy, sell or hold any investment. All trading involves risk. Losses can exceed deposits.

An Individual Savings Account, known as an ISA, can be a great option for an individual to maximise their savings. Up to £20,000 per tax year can be subscribed to the tax-free wrapper. And with the end of the tax year fast approaching, now is the time to act if you have not yet exhausted your ISA allowance.

A stocks and shares ISA is an attractive solution as the returns on investments can offer higher returns than alternative investments. With a stocks and shares ISA, an individual doesn’t pay income tax on any interest or dividends received within the wrapper, nor any Capital Gains Tax on investment returns. Any Income or Capital Gains received within an ISA won’t impact the annual ISA allowance.

Cash ISAs are the most popular ISA solution, although interest rates can be unattractive and sometimes offer lower interest rates than a traditional bank savings account.  However, the benefit of ISA’s is that there is no ‘all in’ decision to be made. Individuals can choose to split their ISA allowance across different kinds of ISA options, meaning, they can combine a cash ISA with a stocks and shares ISA.

A stocks and shares ISA can include shares in companies, government and corporate bonds, gilts, and collective’s (unit trusts and investment trusts), allowing an individual to form a diversified investment portfolio.

In the current tax year (up to 05 April 2018) and the coming tax year, individuals can save up to £20,000 in an ISA account. However, the ISA will roll over and new subscriptions are added to the previous tax year which can result in a larger investment pot.

With considerable tax benefits and potential better returns from suitable investments, a stocks and shares ISA can offer a great solution for those looking to plan for their future or utilise savings on top of an existing pension plan. You can also plan for your child’s future by utilising a Junior ISA (JISA) which allows up to £4,128 to be subscribed in the current tax year. Whilst a stocks and shares ISA can offer enticing returns, individual due diligence is always necessary prior to any investment being made. The value of an investment may go down as well as up and you may not get back the money you invested.

We looked at a comparison between £10,000 invested, 8 years ago in a traditional bank savings account, cash ISA, and stocks and shares ISA.

  • The stocks and shares ISA had an annualised return of 4.89%. This was based on the FTSE 100 Index Total Return (inc dividends) and generated a £6,119 return from the original investment.
  • The cash ISA had an annualised negative return of -0.72% and made a loss of £697, due to inflation.
  • The standard bank savings account also had annualised negative return with a loss of £1,253, also due to inflation.


Information and details are correct as of 14 March 2018. Past performance is not a guide for future returns.


Information and details are correct as of 14 March 2018. Past performance is not a guide for future returns.


The Shard Capital Stockbroking team are highly experienced in portfolio management and diversification and can tailor an investment solution for an individual looking to start or grow their ISA.

If you would like more information on a stocks and shares ISA or an alternate investment solution, please contact the Shard Capital Stockbroking team.


Important Investment Information –

The views above are published solely for information purposes and are not to be construed as a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any securities, or related financial instruments. It does not constitute advice or a personal recommendation as defined by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) or take into account the particular investment objectives, financial situations or needs of individual investors. The views above are based on public information and sources considered reliable.

These estimates are not a reliable indicator of future performance. Yields are variable and not guaranteed. All investments should be held for the long term as their value can fall as well as rise, therefore you could get back less than you invest.

If you are unsure about the appropriateness of an investment for your circumstances, please seek financial advice. No view is given on the present or future value or price of any investment, and investors should form their own view on any proposed investment. This publication has not been prepared in accordance with legal requirements designed to promote the independence of investment research and is considered a marketing communication. It is not subject to any prohibition on dealing ahead of the dissemination of investment research. Figures correct as at 14th March 2018 unless otherwise stated. This publication is issued by Shard Capital Partners LLP, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY United Kingdom who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.