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Our Top ISA Investment Ideas 2016

Time is ticking to use your ISA allowance. When the clock strikes midnight on 5 April, your 2015/16 allowance will be gone, replaced with a new £15,240 allowance to use – but you have no option to carry over your old one if you didn’t use it all. It really is best to make the most of your allowance while you still can.

Lee Dooley Lee Dooley
24 February 2016

With just over a month to go until deadline day, we have brought our top ISA investment ideas together in one place so you can be inspired when choosing where to invest. Find out more about the funds that we rate highly below, and download our guide for a closer look at these and many others that we believe are a good option for your ISA portfolio.

Fundsmith Equity

Want to add companies from around the world to your portfolio? This global fund has delivered extremely impressive performance since it launched in 2010. Outspoken manager Terry Smith has a no-nonsense approach, buying high-quality companies and holding on to them for the long-term. You’ll find instantly recognisable brands such as Dr Pepper Snapple, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever in the fund’s top 10 holdings. Download Our Top ISA Investment Ideas for more information.

Old Mutual UK Alpha

If you want to stay close to home when picking funds for your ISA, an excellent option is the Old Mutual UK Alpha fund, run by the experienced Richard Buxton. Buxton sees the glass as half full and goes for big FTSE 100 companies predominantly (achieving success in this notoriously hard area to beat), holding around 35 of them. He aims to recognise companies’ long-term prospects and recently took a position in Tesco again, after selling in 2010 when he ran a similar fund at Schroders. He believes patient investors will reap the rewards.

CF Woodford Equity Income

This fund is run by the mighty Neil Woodford, who delivered impressive returns during his 25-plus years at Invesco Perpetual. It regularly features at the top of our monthly list of where our clients have been investing and in 2015 out-classed most of its peers in the UK Equity Income sector. Woodford is risk-averse and typically favours companies in more predictable industries such as the pharmaceutical giants AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche. He is however continuing his tradition of investing in smaller companies, a good example of which is Purplebricks, which he held even before its recent listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Download the guide today

You can download Our Top ISA Investment Ideas for a more detailed look at the above funds and others, including TM Hearthstone Residential Property (for something a little different).

It’s easy to invest in these highly rated funds using the Investment Selector. Alternatively, if you have any questions please call us on 020 7189 2400, request a call back or email us at


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. Different funds carry varying levels of risk depending on the geographical region and industry sector in which they invest. You should make yourself aware of these specific risks prior to investing. Prevailing tax rates and reliefs are dependent on your individual circumstances and are subject to change. The property market can be illiquid; consequently, there can be times when investors will be unable to sell their holdings. Property valuations are subjective and a matter of judgement. This article does not constitute personal advice.