Common Misconceptions About ISAs

Morningstar debunks myths and misconceptions about ISA accounts and savings

Morningstar 5 April, 2012 | 4:01PM

The specifics of investing within ISAs can give rise to multiple questions and misunderstandings. The following article will address and clarify certain ISA-related issues and misconceptions.

ISAs must be purchased from your current bank
WRONG

Investors are encouraged to shop around for the best ISA scheme: you don’t have to stay with your current bank. With interest rates at historic lows, cash ISAs offering interest rates that are above 3% are few and far between. Therefore, it’s worth shopping around for the best deal—it may not necessarily be the deal offered by your bank. Meanwhile, remember that only half of your ISA savings can be saved in a cash account. The remainder--or the entire annual allowance--can be allocated to a combination of the following:

- Shares and corporate bonds issued by companies officially listed on a recognised stock exchange anywhere in the world
- Bonds issued by the UK government or other countries in the European Economic Area
- Units or shares in OEICs or closed-end funds
- Life insurance policies

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