Common questions

All about general investments

General investments are investments without any special tax advantages. Because of this, you would usually only make a general investment if you've already used up your full ISA allowance (£20,000 for 2017/18).

Key things to know about general investments are:

Tax benefitsThey do not have the tax benefits of ISAs and you may have to pay tax on investment income and gains
Putting money inThere is no upper limit on the amount you can invest in a general investment
Getting money outThe money can be withdrawn at any time, although they are generally used for longer term investment (more than 5 years).
Risk and returnInvestments will probably provide higher returns than cash savings in the long term, but there is a risk that you get back less than you put in. Our risk/return explorer can help work out if investing is for you.
Minimum investmentThe minimum investment is £100 or £50 per month.

For more details, see Part 3 "Key features of investment funds" of the Cofunds key information document.

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