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What is a Stocks and Shares ISA?

We explain how you can save tax-efficiently into a Stocks and Shares ISA

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Shepherds Friendly Stocks and Shares ISA facts

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An ISA is a government backed tax-exempt savings plan.

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By saving into an ISA, you are protecting any potential returns from the taxman.

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You can access your savings as a tax-free cash lump sum at any time.

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You can open our investment ISA from as little as £30 a month or with an initial lump sum of a minimum of £100.

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You are able to save up to £20,000 this tax year in an ISA.

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You can open our ISA from £30 a month or an initial lump sum of a minimum of £100.

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You are able to save up to £20,000 this tax year in an ISA.

You can save into two ISAs every year

You can open two ISAs each tax year - one cash ISA and one investment ISA. You can then split your ISA allowance between the two in any way you want.

Use the sliders below to see how much you would be able to save into an investment ISA this tax year, based on how much you have already saved/are planning to save into a cash ISA.

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How your savings could grow

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Apart from making regular contributions to your ISA, your savings could continue to grow in the following ways:

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Invested in a range of assets

Your savings are invested in a range of assets, including stocks and shares. These investments are made with the aim of achieving higher long-term growth than you may get with a cash ISA.

Flexible savings

If you need to, you can increase, decrease or even cancel your payments whenever you want.

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Annual bonuses

We aim to pay an annual bonus to our members, which is based on the performance of the investments. The payment of an annual bonus is not guaranteed.

Low-Medium risk fund

As our fund is invested in a wide range of assets, we carry a low-medium risk category. This means that we are aiming for smoother long-term growth. But remember, when investing your capital is at risk.

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How much can I afford to save into an ISA?

The below calculator aims to help you to work out how much you could put into a savings plan after you have estimated how much of your monthly income you spend on essential and non-essential purchases.

Monthly income (after tax):

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Essential monthly expenditure:


Food and drink:

Household utility bills:


Childcare & school fees:

Other essentials:

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Left over:


Other expenditure:

Use the two sliders below to help decide how much of your disposable income you think you would be likely to spend on luxuries i.e. meals out. This will automatically adjust the second slider so that you can see how much you might have left over at the end of a typical month, which for example could be put into one or more savings accounts.



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How much you could save

The below figures aim to give you a general idea of what you might be able to spend and save in a typical month, based on the information you have provided.


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How do you open a Shepherds Friendly ISA?

The easiest way to open a Shepherds Friendly ISA is to follow our simple online application process

Find out more information about the Shepherds Friendly ISA, including the key information document and how your child’s money would be invested

Alternatively, you can open a Shepherds Friendly ISA by calling our Customer Services team on 0800 526 249

Get in touch

Are you still not sure? Just fill in the form below and we will send you some more information about our ISA for you to read when you get the chance. We’ll send you some information about your other tax-efficient savings options too, but don’t worry, we won’t fill up your inbox with spam or share your details with anyone else!