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Introduction to ISA
  1. What is an ISA?
  2. How does an ISA compare with other tax free forms of investment?
  3. What are the different types of ISAs?
  4. How much can be invested?
  5. Who is eligible for an ISA?
  6. What does “tax-free” mean?
  7. Which ISAs are the most popular?
  8. What can a cash ISA be invested in?
  9. What can a Life Insurance ISA be invested in?
  10. What kinds of stocks and other investments can an ISA be invested in?
  11. How do PEPs and TESSAs affect an ISA?
  12. What is a CAT Standard?
  13. What kind of return can I expect from an ISA investment?
  14. Who will provide your ISA and how about charges?
  15. How do i make investments and transfers?
  16. Summing up ISAs for 2002/2003

10. What kinds of stocks and other investments can an ISA be invested in?

The range of ISA-qualifying equity and securities investments is extensive. It includes:
  • Stocks and securities issued by a company incorporated anywhere in the world and are listed on any HM Revenue & Customs recognised stock exchange. Note that the AIM shares have been eligible for inclusion within ISAs since 2013. Shares listed on AQSE Growth Market securities are also eligible for inclusion in stocks and shares ISAs

  • Securities may include government stocks (gilts and gilt strips), corporate bonds, loans, loan stock, debentures and Eurobonds provided they have at least five years to run when first acquired for the ISA. In case of corporate bonds, the bond should be listed in a recognised stock exchange or issued by a company which is itself, or its major subsidiary is listed

  • Units in qualifying authorised Unit trusts and qualifying investment trusts

  • Shares in qualifying open ended investment companies (OEICs)

  • Units or shares in a relevant undertaking for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS)

  • Investment companies with variable capital (ICVCs)

  • Shares acquired by employees from an approved all-employee savings related share option and/or profit sharing scheme. Shares of this type must be transferred into the ISA within 90 days

  • Cash may be held in an 'adult' stocks and shares ISA, and before 1 July 2014, can only be held for investment in qualifying investments.


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