Stocks and shares ISA

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Hi. I'm new to this so please be gentle. I have an HSBC stocks and shares ISA which I pay in £25 a month. I've had it for years.
If I want to start a new iSA do I have to transfer this to the new provider or can I have 2? I will be nowhere near the 20k a year limit. Munnypot said that I will need to transfer my is a over to them bit I don't really want to!
Hope that makes sense and thanks for your replies! I am very confused!

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  • Linton
    Linton Posts: 17,238 Forumite
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    You can have 2 S&S ISAs started in different years. But why would you want to? Much easier just to keep with the same provider. Munnypot is perhaps talking about opening and contributing to 2 S&S ISAs in the same year.
  • dmarks70
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    I would be contributing to 2 as I am paying £25 a month and want to continue. Is that not allowed?
  • ColdIron
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    That is not allowed
  • enthusiasticsaver
    enthusiasticsaver Posts: 15,664 Ambassador
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    The rule is you can only contribute to one isa per tax year. If you have made monthly contributions since 6 April to HSBC one then you need to continue with that one. If you are unhappy with it then you can transfer to a new provider.
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  • Redski69
    Redski69 Posts: 22 Forumite
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    dmarks70 wrote: »
    Hi. I'm new to this so please be gentle. I have an HSBC stocks and shares ISA which I pay in £25 a month. I've had it for years.
    If I want to start a new iSA do I have to transfer this to the new provider or can I have 2? I will be nowhere near the 20k a year limit. Munnypot said that I will need to transfer my is a over to them bit I don't really want to!
    Hope that makes sense and thanks for your replies! I am very confused!

    No, you don't have to transfer your existing holdings across !

    The annual allowance of £20K (2017 / 18) is a Customer level allowance - not a product level allowance.

    So, although you can't have more than 1 ISA of the same type with different Platforms in the same tax year, you can have different ISAs with different providers in the same tax year.

    ie. I could have a Stocks & Shares ISA with Halifax this year and a Cash ISA with Barclays and be completely compliant of the regulations.

    In the context of your scenario, because you've kicked off your 2017 / 18 S&S ISA with HSBC you have a couple of choices :

    1) Open a Cash ISA elsewhere & continue the S&S ISA with HSBC
    2) Open a new S&S ISA with another provider and re-register your existing holdings across to it (don't Cash Transfer!)

    Hope it helps ...
  • MallyGirl
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    Redski69 wrote: »
    In the context of your scenario, because you've kicked off your 2017 / 18 S&S ISA with HSBC you have a couple of choices :

    1) Open a Cash ISA elsewhere & continue the S&S ISA with HSBC
    2) Open a new S&S ISA with another provider and re-register your existing holdings across to it (don't Cash Transfer!)

    option 2 - they may not let you transfer the holdings across. In this scenario I had to 'sell up' within my Aviva S&S ISA then it was transferred to a new S&S ISA with Halifax as cash and I bought new shares with the cash.
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