What is a stocks and shares ISA?
An ISA is an Individual Savings Account. A stocks and shares ISA (sometimes called an investment ISA) is an account that lets you invest tax-efficiently. That means there’s no UK income tax or capital gains tax to chip off any money you earn.
This type of ISA has the potential to grow your investment by more than a cash ISA or savings accounts. Investing works best over the long term, and staying invested for five years or more can increase your chance of positive returns.
Just bear in mind that the value of an ISA can fall as well as rise, and you could get back less than you put in.
Your exact tax benefits will depend on your circumstances and may change in the future.
How our stocks and shares ISA could work for you
What to think about when taking out an ISA with us
Things to consider
- It’s for the longer term
Experiencing market movements up and down is a normal part of investing. Leaving your money invested for five years or more gives it the best chance to grow. Remember, no investment is guaranteed to deliver returns.
- Your annual allowance
Your annual allowance for ISAs from all providers this tax year is £20,000, and that’s the combined total across any types of ISA you have.
- ISA rules
You can only open and put money into one of each type of ISA every tax year. As an example, this means you can only open one stocks and shares ISA this tax year, but you can also open a cash ISA.
Before you apply for an ISA, make sure you read and understand all the details. If there’s anything you’re not sure about, it may be worth taking financial advice before you make any decision.
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Our stocks and shares ISA investments and charges
What are the investment charges?
We won’t charge you for opening an Aviva Stocks & Shares ISA and there’s no charge to transfer your investments to us. However, your existing provider may charge you for leaving them, so you’ll need to make sure it all adds up before making the move. Once you have a Stocks & Shares ISA with us, these are the charges you can expect to pay:
You'll pay an Aviva Charge of up to 0.40% for the value of your funds or cash, depending on how much you invest.
There's also a Fund Manager Charge that will depend on the funds that you've chosen. This charge is included in the price of the fund.
We won't charge you for buying or selling funds.
Shares and other exchange traded investments
You'll pay an Aviva Share Charge, which is 0.40% of their value, capped at £45 a year.
There'll be a Fund Manager Charge for exchange traded funds and investment trusts that will be included in the price of the investment.
When you buy shares and other exchange traded investments, there'll be a Trading Charge for every trade you make.
There may be other charges you’ll need to be aware of – you can read more about these on our charges page.
Are stocks and shares ISAs tax-free?
What’s the minimum amount I need to open an Aviva Stocks & Shares ISA?
Can you have more than one stocks and shares ISA?
Can I transfer a cash ISA to a stocks and shares ISA?
What happens to dividends in my stocks and shares ISA?
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Alternatives to an ISA
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