Now is the time to review your finance to get good returns ahead of the end of the tax year. See this coverage of our Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (ISA) from the Daily Express.
This pioneering Isa gives savers access to higher returns available from peer-to-peer (P2P), lending platforms, totally free of tax. Renowned fund manager Nicola Horlick, founder of P2P platform Money&Co., said savers finally have a real alternative.
"Britons hold an incredible £270billion in cash Isas, often earning next to no interest.
They could get a far better return by diverting some of this into an Innovative Finance Isa."
The Innovative Finance Isa, or Ifisa, is an alternative to traditional cash and stocks and shares Isas. It offers a projected return of 7.3 per cent a year, easily beating the 1 per cent a year paid by the average cash Isa.
"This is your chance to wake up your money and put it back to work again," Horlick said.
We currently have three loan offerings live on the site. They are rated A+ or A – the two best risk ratings – and have a fixed return of 8 per cent or an indicative return (suggested bid rate in the auction) of the same amount. A gross yield of 8 per cent equates to a return of 7 per cent net of our fees. If you invest via our Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (ISA – see below for a step-by-step guide to how this works) you will receive the income tax-free.
All loans on site are eligible for inclusion in a Money&Co. ISA. If you do not have a Money&Co. ISA yet, please click on the ISA application tab on the Home page and fill in the form. You will need your National Insurance number. The ISA allowance for 2017/18 is £20,000 and you must commit funds by midnight on 5 April or you will lose your ISA allowance for this year. For full detail on the process, see below.
A Process Guide To Innovative Finance ISA Investment
Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.
So here's our guide to the process:
The ISA allowance for 2018/19 is unchanged from last tax year at ú20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate ú8,400 of income completely free of tax. We're assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.
Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying - buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the "loans for sale" market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.
Risk: Security, Access, Yield
Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment.We write regularly about these three key factors. Here's an earlier article on security, access and yield.
It's relatively easy to logon to our site and register to become a lender. But if that's all too new-fangled, you can call us on 020 3143 4004 or write to Money&Co., 58 Glentham Road, London SW13 9JJ. We'll then send you an ISA Brochure, and ISA Transfer Authority form (if you want to transfer monies from a Cash ISA) and a Freepost envelope. Then it's just a question of following your nose to get that income...