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.
How to transfer your Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA
Transferring your Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA with ii is simple.
You will need the name of your current provider and your account number.
Set up your transfer online
Using your online account, select the 'cash & transfers' menu and then 'transfer in'. Make sure you select ‘Cash ISA’ when asked for the type of ISA you currently hold.
We’ll do the rest for you
We will complete the transfer for you and keep you updated regularly.
It is important that you use the online transfer process to transfer a Cash ISA. Your cash may lose its tax benefits if you try to transfer the money yourself.
Why transfer a Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA?
Transferring to a stocks and shares ISA could be for you if you are comfortable putting your money into investments.
With a Stocks and Shares ISA you have a choice of investing in funds, ETFs, shares and trusts. Each investment has the potential to outperform cash ISA savings rates, although this is not guaranteed.
Keeping too much money in cash means it can lose its value to inflation. Many people, who now feel the need to make their money grow faster or generate more income, are considering investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA, where they choose funds, investment trusts, ETFs and shares.
These investments have the potential to perform better than Cash ISAs but this is not guaranteed and you could lose some or all of your money.
What are the main benefits of a Stocks and Shares ISA?
- You are in control of your investments
With a Stocks and Shares ISA, you have the freedom to choose how your money is invested. You can invest in a variety of stocks, shares, bonds, trusts and funds.
- Potential to grow your money
With a Cash ISA, your money will only grow through interest. Through investment within a Stocks and Shares ISA, your money could grow above inflation, although there is also a risk of losing your money.
- Tax benefits mean you keep all your profit
With a Stocks and Shares ISA, there is no tax on the gains. That means you can keep all the profit you make on up to £20,000 per year of investment. It also provides a number of other tax benefits. For more information, read our Stocks and Shares ISA explained page.
Things to consider before transferring
- Check for exit fees
We do not charge fees to open or exit an ISA, but some providers do. Make sure you check for exit fees before transferring.
- You can only pay in up to £20,000 per tax year
Your annual ISA contribution limit still applies after you transfer. So if you’ve already paid in £20,000 with your previous provider, you can not contribute more until next tax year.
- Investments can go down as well as up
Transferring your cash into shares comes with risk as investments can go down in value. It is important not to risk money you cannot afford to lose.
- It may be less suitable for short-term investment
As share prices can go up or down, it is often recommended to keep your money invested for at least five years. If you are likely to need the money in the near future, a Stocks and Shares ISA may not be your most suitable option.
Are there any charges when transferring a Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA?
Transferring your ISA to interactive investor is free. However, your current provider may charge an exit fee. Make sure you check this before starting your transfer.
Our monthly service plan fee after your transfer is £9.99. Unlike many other providers who charge a percentage fee, our low fees don’t grow with your investments.
How long will the transfer take?
The transfer can take up to four weeks. We will update you regularly about the transfer’s progress.
The transfer could take longer if there are delays from your current provider. Part of the transfer process is reliant on them and their timeframes can vary. Some Cash ISAs cannot be transferred electronically. If that is the case, we will send you a transfer authority form to print, sign and return to us.
How can I track the progress of my transfer?
You will receive ‘transfer tracker’ emails at important milestones throughout your transfer.
However, you can request an update at any time. Simply log into your account and request an automated email from your investments page.
When will I be able to invest the newly transferred funds?
You will be able to invest your transferred funds as soon as the transfer has been cleared.
Can I transfer more cash into a Stocks and Shares ISA?
You can top up your Stocks and Shares ISA with either lump sum cash transfers or by setting up regular investing to pay in monthly. Remember that the maximum contribution in a single tax year is £20,000.
Why choose interactive investor?
- Low, flat fees
We charge a flat fee of £9.99 per month. Many other providers charge a percentage fee which grows with your investments. As a result you could save £30,000 over 30 years with us.*
- Access the widest choice of investments
Take advantage of over 40,000 investment options to get the most out of transferring your Cash ISA to a Stocks and Shares ISA.
- Get a free trade each month
Use your free trade credit to buy or sell any investment.
- Make use of our expert insights and ready-made funds
Use our experts’ tips, and ready-made funds, to help build your investments.
- Our Stocks and Shares ISA is award-winning
We were named best ISA Provider at the 2019 City of London Wealth Management Awards. We are also rated as excellent by our customers on Trustpilot.
* Independent research by The Lang Cat: To see how investing with our fair flat fees over 30 years in an ISA compares with other providers, The Lang Cat used: • The average ISA balance and typical top-up amounts, according to figures from HMRC; • Investment trades: 7 per year; • A 50:50 split between shares and funds; • A 5% annual return in the portfolio.