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ISA investment ideas

Need inspiration for your ISA investments? We have made it easy to get started.

Expert Tips

Important information - investment value can go up or down and you could get back less than you invest. If you're in any doubt about the suitability of a Stocks & Shares ISA, you should seek independent financial advice. The tax treatment of this product depends on your individual circumstances and may change in future. If you are uncertain about the tax treatment of the product you should contact HMRC or seek independent tax advice.

Expert ideas for your ISA

We've made it easy to get started with your ISA. Take inspiration from our Super 60 and ACE 40 rated investment lists, or get a helping hand with our Quick Start Funds and Model Portfolios.

Choosing a Quick-start Fund

Our Quick-start Funds are an easy way to start investing in your ISA. Six low-cost funds have been specially selected by experts, and many experienced investors rely on them too.

Each fund carries a different level of risk, and you will need to consider the level of risk you are comfortable with. As a very general rule, investors tend to choose higher risk when investing over longer periods.

Remember that these risk levels are just a guide, and risk exists in every investment.

You can choose between three passive funds from Vanguard (shown below), and three actively managed sustainable funds from BMO.

Vanguard LifeStrategy® 20% Equity Fund

If you are looking for less risk, rather than higher returns, this fund is a great place to start.

Vanguard LifeStrategy® 60% Equity Fund

If you are comfortable with a little more risk, this fund is a good middle ground investment. 

Vanguard LifeStrategy® 80% Equity Fund

For potentially higher returns, in exchange for more risk, this fund could suit your portfolio.

How to add our Quick-start Funds to your ISA

There are two ways you can get up and running with our Quick-start Funds, or any other investments you choose.

  • Free monthly regular investing - we'll take a monthly payment and invest it in your chosen fund. Learn more
  • Buy with a lump sum (trading) - you might want to do this if you are transferring other ISAs to us. Learn more

ii Super 60 investments

Our Super 60 rated list includes a wide range of active and passive funds, investment trusts, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), rigorously selected by impartial experts.

ii ACE 40 ethical investments

From our list of more than 140 ethical investment options, we have picked out what we believe to be the 40 best-in-class funds, investment trusts and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Model Portfolios

Designed to make selections easier for investors, these five portfolios offer either growth or income options, with a choice of actively managed investments or low-cost tracker funds.

What type of ISA investments do ii customers choose?

Here are the types of investments ii customers held in their ISA in the second half of 2021:

  • Shares (37.2%)
  • Investment trusts (26.4%)
  • Funds (22.2%)
  • Cash (8.3%)
  • Exchange-traded products such as ETFs (5.5%)
  • Other (0.4%)

What are the most common investment options for a Stocks and Shares ISA?

Individual stocks and shares

When you buy individual stocks and shares, you are buying a ‘piece’ of that company. The price rises and falls in line with demand for the shares.

Share prices can be unpredictable. You may make good gains over time, or you could lose money. For this reason, only experienced investors tend to choose individual shares.

Some people invest in shares for the ‘dividend’ – a share of the company’s profits distributed to shareholders, usually twice each year. These can be very appealing, but companies may withhold dividends if they are struggling. Other investors may prefer growth stocks, which might generate a capital return rather than dividend income.

Funds

Funds contain a mix of investments. For example, a fund that focuses on tech companies might include shares in Apple, Tesla and Zoom, amongst others.

Other investment funds - known as index tracker funds -  follow an entire market index, such as the FTSE 100. 

Investing in funds can reduce risk, compared with individual stocks and shares. This is because you are less affected by a few shares underperforming. However, there is still risk involved - funds can (and do) fall in value.

Exchange traded funds (ETFs)

A type of fund that often tracks an index, such as the FTSE 100. ETFs may hold multiple investment types (e.g. stocks, bonds, oil, gold, currency). 

Investment trusts

Investment trusts are similar to funds in that your money is  invested across multiple companies. The main difference is that trusts can be traded on stock markets, like shares. 

Again, this can be less risky than investing in individual shares, but there is still a risk of losing money.

Things to be aware of when building an ISA portfolio

Charges

Every investment fund and trust comes with management fees - in addition to your account charges. These are usually represented as an Ongoing Charges Figure (OCF). You can find these in each fund’s Key Information Document (KID).

These fees typically range from 0.25% to 1.8% and  are usually taken from the value of your investments – not paid up-front. 

Tax rules

A Stocks & Shares ISA lets you invest up to £20,000 each tax year without paying any tax on the gains. You can only have one Stocks & Shares ISA at a time.

If you want to invest more than £20,000 in a tax year, you can also open a Trading Account - but you may have to pay tax when you buy or sell the shares.

Risks when investing

Remember, all investing comes with a risk of losing money. You can reduce this risk by spreading your investments across multiple options, but there are no guarantees. You should never invest money that you can’t afford to lose.

Other popular ISA investment options

International shares

We offer the widest choice of international investments on the market, and you can hold up to 9 foreign currencies in your ii account.

Find out more about international investing

Index tracker funds

A tracker fund spreads your investment across a number of companies that make up an 'index'. This can reduce risk, making index tracker funds popular among investors.

Find out more about index tracker funds

Ethical Stocks & Shares ISA

Many investors are looking to build portfolios that reflect their values, while still delivering growth. Our experts have identified a range of ethical investment options to help you.

More about ethical ISA investing

AIM ISA

AIM stands for Alternative Investment Market. AIM shares can be more volatile than other investments, but some investors include them to add some higher-risk diversification to a balanced portfolio. These shares may be more likely to lose money than other shares.

More about holding AIM shares in an ISA

Income ISA

Some people invest to try and generate a regular income from things like dividends and interest. A Stocks and Shares ISA can be an ideal place to keep these income investments, as there is no tax on the profits.

How to build an income ISA portfolio