Bestinvest’s Tales from Tax Year-End

08 April 2019
  • Three minute scramble - our final ISA investment came in at 11.57pm
  • A new ISA account was opened at 11.54pm

Welcome to a new tax year and with it renewed allowances. The ISA allowance remains the same of £20,000 personal limit, however Junior ISAs have increased to £4,368 and the personal tax allowance has increased to £12,500. 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 Friday’s end of tax year 2018/19 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:

“Friday 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 11.54pm with the last subscription coming in at 11.57pm, leaving only 180 seconds to sort out their investments!

“ISA investing doesn’t 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.”

About Tilney

Tilney is a leading investment and financial planning group that builds on a heritage of more than 180 years.  Our clients are private investors, charities and professional intermediaries who trust us with over £23 billion of their assets. We offer a range of services including financial planning, investment management and advice and, through our Bestinvest service, a leading online platform for those who prefer to manage their own investments.

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 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.

Headquartered in Mayfair, London, the Tilney Group employs over 1,000 staff across our network of 30 offices, enabling us to support clients with a local service throughout the UK.