You can help maximise the potential of your investments with a wide range flexible solutions for Contractors. The extensive experience of the IFAs at ContractorFinancials means that they can search thousands of investment funds to find the right solutions for you.
One of the most popular investment routes amongst Contractors is an Individual Savings Account (ISA) because of its significant tax breaks and flexibility. There are a number of key benefits for an ISA investment:
With HMRC’s continuing efforts to remove the tax breaks available to Contractors, now more than ever it is important for you to take advantage of the few remaining options available.
In the 2009 Budget, it was announced that from the 6th April 2010 the ISA allowance will increase to £10,200. For those investors who will be 50 on 5th April 2010, you can use up to the current £7,200 allowance for now but can also top up with extra £3,000 after the 6th October 2009 as the new allowance will apply to you earlier and you can exploit the higher limit for 2009/10 too.
ISA investors can deposit a maximum of 50% of your allowable portion in a cash based ISA, 100% in an equity (stock market) based ISA or a mixture of both.
Investing in an equity ISA is one of the most popular options and stock market based investments historically offer the best returns as long as you can accept that your funds may fluctuate in value. It is often best to opt for a term of five years or more so that your savings have a chance to grow and hopefully ride out any dips in the stock market. Contractor Financials search thousands of options to short list the funds that have a history of positive performance and strong prospects.
You have the option to invest in a lump sum however the advisers will recommend that you use monthly contributions to spread the risk of market fluctuations and avoid the end of tax year rush.
For investors with a low risk tolerance or those that need to have access to their savings in the short term, a cash ISA would probably be more suitable as savings can be accessed instantly. With a cash ISA you should benefit from a higher interest rate than you would gain in a High Street savings account because banks view ISA investments as a longer-term commitment and reward this with extra interest.
Offering a compromise between the cash and equity ISAs, a protected ISA tracks the stock market but it carries a protection policy for the underlying value of the fund. This allows Contractors to benefit from the potential for growth in an equity ISA with the security of a cash ISA.
Ideally both if affordable, as the pension offers substantial up-front tax breaks whilst the ISA offers accessibility. This ability to access your savings at any time with an ISA carries dangers as you are more likely to take money out leaving no long term nest egg. The pension cannot be accessed until you are 50 (55 from April 2010) which ensures you will have a pot for your retirement.
The value of investments may rise as well as fall and past performance is not a guide to future returns.
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