Bestinvest’s Tales from Tax Year-End
- Two minute scramble - our final Isa investment came in at 11.58pm
- A new Isa account was opened at 11.49pm
- Over nine times the amount invested in the last six hours of the tax year than the previous week
Welcome to a new tax year and with it renewed allowances. As the Isa allowance rose so generously for the last tax year, it remains the same of £20,000 personal limit, however Junior Isas have increased to £4,260 and the personal tax allowance has increased to £11,850. We now have the next year to fill our boots with the tax free perks that are offered. Yet we know that it is human nature to leave things until the last minute, and yesterday’s end of tax year 2017/18 proved no different. Lee Dooley, Chief Commercial Officer at Bestinvest, part of the Tilney Group, comments on the tales learnt from the end of the tax year:
“Last night was no different to any previous years, with many investors investing up until the final stretch. Our telephone lines were open up until midnight to assist with any last minute requests which came in thick and fast. The last Isa account was opened at 11.49pm with the last subscription coming in at 11.58pm, leaving only 120 seconds to sort out their investments! Indeed the amount of money invested between 6pm to midnight last night was nine-fold higher than the same period only a week earlier – a real testament to the fact that people left it to the final moment to fill up their tax free investments. It really was a dash for cash with almost two-thirds of the final hour investments put into cash. This shows that investors have used their allowance in the final hours, but not made a rushed decision on which funds to invest in when bleary eyed and the minutes counting down before the clock strikes midnight. Rather they are able to make a more measured decision in the days to come on which funds to put their money into, whilst not missing out on last year’s allowance.
“ISA investing doesn’t always have to be left until the final moment. Not only does investing earlier in the tax year remove some of the pressure to make a hasty decision; it also means your hard earned cash is put to work for longer. After all, as the saying goes ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and in the case of an ISA there is a whole year of potential returns to be had.
“Another option is to take the timing out of the process altogether by investing on a regular basis. Investing regularly takes the emotion out of investing: it is all too easy to have your investment decisions clouded by current sentiment or events that shouldn’t really matter if you are investing for the long-term. Investing regularly should also help to reduce market timing risk as you’ll end up with ‘pound cost averaging’, an average entry price that reflects some days when the market is up and others when it was down.”
The value of investments, and the income derived from them, can go down as well as up and you can get back less than you originally invested.
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We have won numerous awards. Tilney has been awarded Best Conventional Advisory Service at the 2018 City of London Wealth Management Awards, Best Advisory Service in the 2015 City of London Wealth Management Awards; Investment Award – Cautious category in the Private Asset Management Awards; and Stockbroker of the Year, Execution-only Stockbroker of the Year and Self-select ISA Provider of the Year 2015, as voted by readers of the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle. Bestinvest was voted Best SIPP Provider and Best Fund Platform at the 2017 City of London Wealth Management Awards, Best Direct SIPP Provider at the YourMoney.com Awards 2017, Best Stocks & Shares ISA Provider at the 2017 Shares Awards, as well as Best Self Select ISA Provider, Best Online/Execution-only Stockbroker and Best Investment Platform 2017 at the FT and Investors Chronicle Investment and Wealth Management Awards, as voted by readers of the FT and Investors Chronicle.
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