Customers Missing Out On Larger Returns By Sticking With Cash I.S.A.s
I.S.A. customers encouraged to move their savings out of cash.
The majority of people with I.S.A.s are actively looking for the best option as The Share Centre’s investment manager Sheridan Admans reports “a 36% increase in the number of trades, as well as a considerable 72% increase in inflows year on year”.
Stocks And Shares I.S.A.s Out Perform Other Options
Just over a quarter of those whose actions were recorded have chosen to keep their investments in cash. Experts including True Potential are however warning that higher inflation could diminish their returns. They highlight the vast disparity between someone placing £20,000 in two I.S.A.s in 2017-18. The cash option would return around £200 in interest whereas a stocks and shares option could return around £2,400.
Ms Admans describes the most appealing stocks and shares investments as “high-yield defensive, large blue chip stocks with a recovery story”.
Looking at those who have not yet invested in stocks and shares I.S.A.s senior partner at True Potential, Mark Henderson points to what he calls “widespread inertia that means many savers remain overly exposed to cash. Everyone needs a rainy day fund but inflation is higher than most cash I.S.A. rates. He goes further to describe cash as “no longer a risk-free return but more like a return-free risk.”
The end of this tax year is viewed as a particularly good time to invest in an I.S.A. with the government’s Lifetime I.S.A. coming into force. Divisional director for development and technical consultancy at St James’s Place, Tony Müdd highlights the virtues of I.S.A.s pointing out “everyone has their own allowance – £15,240 in the current tax year – which means that couples can shelter £30,480 between them.”Financial Advice Suffolk
Senior analyst at AJ Bell, Tom Selby calls on the government to continue raising the personal allowance saying “the last thing we want is for it to be frozen at £20,000 for the next 10 years as many other allowances have been.”
Paul Hoskin MD at Hoskin Financial
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