It’s not just about picking investments wisely, it’s holding them in the most suitable place
Now that we’ve entered a new tax year, if you are already planning how you are going to fully utilise your current Individual Savings Account (ISA) tax-efficient allowance, it’s not just about picking investments wisely – it’s also important to make sure you hold them in the best place.
With this in mind, the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has taken a look at investment company performance data when the full ISA limit is invested. If you had invested a lump sum of £15,000 into the average investment company ten years ago, you would now have £38,323.50. This is £6,433.90 more than the same investment in the FTSE All-Share, which would generate £31,889.60.
If you had invested £15,000 per year for the past ten years into the average investment company, you would now have £272,811. This is £17,927 higher than the £254,884 you would now have if you had invested the same in the FTSE All-Share.
In share price total return terms, the highest performing sector over a ten-year period was Sector Specialist: Biotechnology & Healthcare. If you had invested last year’s ISA allowance of £15,000 into the average Sector Specialist: Biotechnology & Healthcare company ten years ago, you would now have an impressive £76,363.50. The same investment into the average Country Specialists: Asia Pacific company would now be worth £52,611, and into the average Global Emerging Markets company would be worth £48,982.50.
Investment companies have a strong long-term performance record and their closed-ended structure allows managers to take a long-term view. With other features such as the independent board, the ability to gear to enhance returns and their income advantages, investment companies (if appropriate to your particular situation) should be considered when it comes to making the most of your £15,240 2015/16 ISA allowance.
 Calculated using the ISA allowance for tax year 2014/2015
 Performance data is share price total return to 28 February 2015 and is mid-market share price with net income reinvested. No buying and selling costs into account. Source: AIC using Morningstar.
INFORMATION IS BASED ON OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF TAXATION LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS. ANY LEVELS AND BASES OF, AND RELIEFS FROM, TAXATION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND INCOME FROM THEM MAY GO DOWN. YOU MAY NOT GET BACK THE ORIGINAL
PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT A RELIABLE INDICATOR OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE.