Capital sums for investing are acquired in many ways. These include inheritance, maturing savings policies, windfalls and proceeds from many years of saving. Investment types & requirements can be divided into short and long term needs.
Short term investment needs:
These include saving for a car or a holiday. The most suitable investment type is usually a deposit account such as a bank or building society account.
Long term investment needs:
These can be saving for retirement, school fees or providing capital for children as they grow up. You may wish to consider savings other than bank deposit accounts for longer term needs. Whatever the investment type, you'll need to consider a number of important factors including ease of access to funds, charges and any tax implications.
The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate National Savings.
The value of your investments can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the original amount invested.
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Lifetime ISA accounts.
From April 2017, any adult under 40 will be able to open a new Lifetime ISA. Up to £4,000 can be saved each year and savers will receive a 25% bonus from the government on this money.
Money put into this account can be saved until you are over 60 and used as retirement income, or you can withdraw it to help buy your first home.
The value of investments and income from them may go down. You may not get back the original amount invested
Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs)
You can save tax-free with Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs).
In the 2017 to 2018 tax year, the maximum you can save in ISAs is £20,000
Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in future.
Investment Trusts are companies that buy and sell shares in other companies. When you invest in an investment trust company, you become a shareholder of that company. Your shares will rise and fall in value according to supply and demand for the shares.
A unit trust reduces your risk of investing in the stock market by pooling your savings with thousands of others, and then spreading the money across a wide range of shares or other types of investment.
Open ended investment companies were introduced into the UK in 1997, from Europe. Open-ended means shares in the fund will be created as investors invest and cancelled as they cash in.
These are policies which combine life cover with investment. An endowment policy is a savings and life assurance policy for an agreed period, the minimum term being 10 years. A tax free benefit is normally paid out at maturity or on earlier death.