Self Select ISAs

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Looking for a tax-free home for your savings? Want to pick your own shares? A self-select ISA could be for you.


The value of your investment and the income derived from it can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you originally invested. The tax advantages of ISAs may change in the future and also depend on your individual circumstances.

MoneySuperMarket doesn’t offer a comparison service for this type of product but we have compiled a list below of providers who can help.

If you would prefer a more hands-off approach see our stocks and shares ISAs page - please can you hyper link the page link.

Alternatively option that might be considered by those aged 18-39 is the Lifetime stocks and shares ISA, which includes a government bonus of 25% of any investment made each tax year. The maximum investment each year is £4,000.

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Our ISA service provides you with information on various ISAs as well as guides to help you decide on the right product for you. We earn commission based on arrangements we make to introduce you to product providers, further details are available on request. We do not provide you with advice and you should discuss specific product terms with the product provider. Self select ISAs can be higher risk than other ISAs. If you are in any doubt as to whether these plans are suitable you should seek independent financial advice. There is a risk that the company may be unable to repay your investment, for example if they were to cease trading. In this instance Stocks & Shares ISAs are eligible for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) up to £50,000 per person, per institution.


Self-select ISAs

Experienced investors who want greater control over their investment choices may want to consider using a self-select ISA.

These allow you to pick and buy shares and investments yourself to hold in a tax-free ISA wrapper. Here, we explain how self-select ISAs work and look at some of their advantages, as well as the potential risks.

What are self-select ISAs?

A self-select ISA is a type of stocks and shares ISA (as opposed to a cash ISA). As the name suggests, a self-select ISA enables you to choose what assets you want to hold in your ISA, rather than a fund manager making the decisions.

They are usually offered by stockbrokers and the wealth management arms of high street banks, and, because investments are held within an ISA, returns are free of income tax and capital gains tax. The maximum you can hold in a self-select ISA this tax year (2017/2018), or any stocks and shares ISA, is £20,000.

What types of self-select ISAs are available?

As well as individual shares, there is a wide range of other assets that can be held within a self-select ISA, including unit trusts, investment trusts, open-ended investment companies, bonds, gilts and exchange traded funds.

Remember that the value of these investments can fall as well as rise so there is more risk attached with investing in a stocks and shares ISA than there is with a cash ISA.

When choosing a self-select ISA, you’ll also need to decide whether you want to go for an execution-only broker, or a broker which offers advice.

Execution-only brokers have the lowest fees as they simply provide the internet trading platform you’ll need to trade shares and other investment. Broker firms that offer advice charge more because they will help you decide which shares to pick.

What are the advantages of a self-select ISA?

Picking the investments you want to hold within your ISA gives you much greater control in comparison to handing the reins over to a fund manager. However, bear in mind that you will need to actively monitor your investments and keep an eye on how they are performing – if you don’t have the time to do this, a self-select ISA may not be the right choice for you.

The other major advantage of a self-select ISA is the tax benefits. Investment growth and dividends received within the ISA are free of capital gains and additional income tax, which is particularly advantageous for higher rate taxpayers.

You can change your investments within your ISA if you want to, but remember you cannot move your money into a cash ISA.

How can MoneySuperMarket help?

It can be tricky working out where to go for your self-select ISA, but enables you to compare what’s on offer to help you decide which provider is right for you.

You can see at a glance what all the major players provide, including trading costs and the number of funds available for you to choose from, plus which allow you to buy individual shares and other investments as well as funds.