The best way to ensure future financial stability is to start saving as soon as possible. If you really want your money to grow, you need to think seriously about where you put it.
Our financial advisers can help advise you on the best ways to save for your and your family's future.
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) allow you to hold up to £20,000 of investments tax-free.
While a cash ISA is simply a tax-free savings account, a stocks and shares ISA is a tax-efficient investment account that lets you put money into range of different investments, including unit trusts, open-ended investment companies and investment trusts, as well as government bonds and corporate bonds.
You can also buy individual company shares and put them into your ISA. So, unlike with cash ISAs, you should only invest if you're prepared to take the risk that your investments can go down, as well as up, in value.
ISAs offer a unique range of benefits:
Although children don't usually have income of their own, what they do have is time on their side.
The earlier you start them off saving, the more chance the money has to grow. This can be particularly welcome when, for example, they need funds for higher education or buying their first home.
Junior ISAs offer investors a straightforward way to save for a child's future and offer similar tax advantages to 'adult' ISAs but with a lock-in, making the child's investment inaccessible until they turn 18.
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