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Your ISA questions answered

What is a Stocks and Shares ISA?

A Stocks and Shares Individual Savings Account (ISA) is a ‘wrapper’ that can be put around a wide range of different savings and investment products to help save you tax. With ISAs, you can build up your savings free of personal liability to Income and Capital Gains Tax regardless of the rate at which you typically pay tax.

What is the Forester Life ISA?

The Forester Life ISA offers a flexible and simple way to invest in Stocks and Shares, whatever your budget. Designed for low-cost stakeholder savings, you can save from as little as £20 to up to £15,240 in the 2015/2016 tax year. Stakeholder investment schemes were introduced by the Government to offer consumers straightforward, low cost, risk-controlled products which meet certain standards. The Forester Life Stakeholder Managed Funds aim to achieve medium to long-term growth consistent with stakeholder standards for ‘risk-controlled’ investment.  The Funds include investments which consist of shares, index linked and other fixed interest securities designed to provide growth potential without undue risk.

Am I eligible to take out an ISA?

Under current legislation, you are eligible for a Forester Life ISA if you are aged 18 or over and a UK resident for tax purposes. The ISA allowance applies to every individual, so if you have a partner they can also take advantage by starting their own tax-efficient savings. You must remain a UK resident to continue your contributions to an ISA.

What’s the difference between a Cash ISA and a Stocks and Shares ISA?

A Cash ISA is similar to a regular bank or building society savings account, but with special tax advantages – your savings grow free from Income and Capital Gains Taxes. Our Stocks & Shares ISA invests in risk-controlled stakeholder funds which include a spread of stocks and shares, so your returns can vary. Both Cash and Stocks and Shares ISAs benefit from favourable tax treatment.

Which one could be right for me?

Stocks and Shares ISAs could be more suited to those looking to save for the medium to long-term.

What are the individual circumstances where I may be taxed?

As long as you stay within the ISA rules, you will not have to pay any tax on the gain you make from your ISA savings/investment.

How can I save into my Stocks and Shares ISA?

Single contributions can be made by debit card or direct from your bank (via Direct Credit), or you can set up monthly contributions by Direct Debit.

What are the charges?

The only charge on our Stakeholder ISA is an Annual Management Charge of 1.5% of the fund value per annum, and reduces to 1% per annum 10 years after the first contribution. The Forester Life Stakeholder Managed Funds meet government-set stakeholder standards, which means more of your money is invested for your benefit.

Can I have a Cash ISA and a Stocks and Shares ISA at the same time?

Yes, as long as total deposits don’t exceed the ISA limits in each tax year.

I’ve already got a Stocks and Shares ISA. What can I do?

You can transfer it into a Forester Life ISA, if you want to. Forester Life does not charge for transfers. Transfer your Cash or Stocks and Shares ISA to Foresters >

How long should I invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA?

Your ISA has no specific term but should be seen as a medium to long-term investment. You should aim to invest for at least five years. Don’t forget, after 10 years you benefit from reduced charges.

Can I contribute to more than one Stocks and Shares ISA in the same tax year?

No. The information on our website is provided for information purposes only.  It is not financial, investment, tax, legal or any other type of advice. Any decision you make to apply for a Forester Life ISA is entirely yours.

What you should know

Here is some useful information on managing your Forester Life ISA:
  • 24/7 access to your account – Once your application has been processed, you can access your account details 24-hours a day, so you can see what it’s worth, make additional payments and view all your statements and documents.
  • Keeping up with inflation – We automatically increase the amount of your regular savings each year by a minimum of 2.5% to help keep pace with inflation. So there is one less thing for you to remember. We will write to you each year before this happens so you can cancel the increase if you wish.
  • Flexible savings – Our ISA allows for a flexible savings habit. You can increase or decrease your monthly contribution and save additional single contributions whenever you want.

Any other questions?

Please call us on: 0333 600 0333 8:30-5:00 Mon-Fri Local rates apply

Already making the most of your ISA allowance?

You can still access our investment expertise, and the benefits of Stakeholder saving, through our Savings & Investment Plan which aims to provide medium to long-term investment growth in a risk-controlled fund.
  • Low cost stakeholder saving and investing from as little as £20
  • No maximum savings limit
  • An option for customers who wish to save or invest over and above their ISA allowance
Find out about our Savings & Investment Plan >
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