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Pick from 5 investment styles, our Original or Ethical Plan, and tell us how much you want to invest for your child via a one-off payment — or Direct Debit from as little as £1.
This is our way of helping you start your child's JISA in a way that's right for your circumstances and attitude to risk.
Our experts then get to work on building and managing your child's Plan, keeping it in line with your chosen style.
Your child will have access to their JISA on their 18th birthday, at which point the money can be used as they see fit — including reinvesting it, potentially.
Your login details will always be kept secure — but never shared with anybody else.
Wealthify is backed by Aviva: one of the UK's largest financial services institutions, which has looked after British consumers for more than 300 years.
A Junior ISA is a tax-efficient way to save and invest on behalf of your child.
Payments into a Junior ISA are different from adult ISAs, because the money you put in belongs to your child. Once you put money in, you can’t take it out again, except in exceptional circumstances, and your child can only get access to their money when they turn 18.
There are two types of Junior ISA:
Your child can have one or both types of Junior ISA and you can deposit up to the annual limit of £4,260 into them in any combination you like.
For example, you could pay £2,000 into a Junior Cash ISA and up to £2,260 into a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, or vice versa. You can split the allowance however you want to between the two accounts.
The benefit of a Junior ISA is that you or your child won’t pay tax on any interest, returns or dividends they receive.
Wealthify only offers a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA. Any money paid into a Junior ISA will belong to the child, but they cannot access it until their 18th birthday.
Junior ISAs allow your child to keep more of their money by protecting any positive returns they receive from income tax and capital gains tax.
Only a child’s parent or legal guardian can open a Junior ISA account on their behalf.
Your child can have one Junior Cash ISA and/or a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA at any time, into which you can currently contribute a maximum of £4,260 per tax year, per eligible child. You can split the amount however you choose between a Junior Cash ISA and a Junior Stocks and Shares ISA as long as the combined amount doesn’t exceed the annual limit.
You don’t need to use the same provider for your child’s Junior Cash ISA and Junior Stocks and Shares ISA, so you’ve got flexibility to choose the best option for you and your child.
At the start of each new tax year, on 6 April, the child’s annual Junior ISA allowance re-sets and you can start another year of tax-efficient saving, up to £4,260 for each child.
Your child will only be able to access the money within their Junior ISA when they turn 18.
When they turn 18, the Junior ISA is automatically changed into an adult ISA. At this point, they can choose to keep saving or investing, or they can withdraw some or all of the balance to help pay for things like university, or a new car.
If you want to build an investment pot for your child that neither you or they can touch until your child turns 18, then a Junior ISA could be the answer. Any money paid into a Junior ISA belongs to the child and cannot be withdrawn by anyone other than the child when they turn 18.
Junior ISAs are available to children who:
You can transfer your Child Trust Fund over to a Wealthify Junior ISA, but your child cannot have a CTF and a Junior ISA at the same time. When transferring a CTF to a Junior ISA, the full balance must be transferred.
Junior ISAs can only be opened by the parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 18 who fits the eligibility criteria. Once opened the parent/guardian will become the registered contact for the account.
As the registered contact for a Junior ISA, you are the only person authorised to make decisions about the management of the account. You’ll also need to keep Wealthify informed if the child’s personal details change; e.g. if they change their name, address, contact number, or get married.
When the child turns 18, they will become the registered contact and their Wealthify Junior ISA will change into an adult ISA. They can either keep investing, move it somewhere else, or withdraw some or all of it e.g. to help pay for university, or a car.
The money in a Junior ISA will never belong to the parent/guardian. It belongs to the child, but they won’t be able to access it until their 18th birthday.
16-year olds can open and start paying into an adult Cash ISA whilst still paying into their own Junior ISA until they reach 18.
Wealthify offers Junior Stocks & Shares ISAs.
Wealthify Junior ISAs contain a range of investments from across the globe matched to the level of risk you choose. Our team of experts build your child’s Junior ISA, choosing which investments to buy and managing them on your behalf.
You can choose to invest for you child in an Ethical Plan or an Original Plan. Read more about our Ethical Plans here.
Each Junior Stocks & Shares ISA will contain up to 20 investment funds from providers like Blackrock and Vanguard. Investment funds are a convenient and cost-effective way to invest, as they contain hundreds or even thousands of expertly-selected shares, bonds and other investment types. This means your Junior ISA will contain a diverse range of investments spread across global markets and regions, helping your child to spread their risk.
Yes, you can invite anyone to pay into your Wealthify Junior ISA by using our 'Friends and Family' feature. You can find out more about this here: https://www.wealthify.com/junior-isa-family-friends
Wealthify is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Your money is looked after by our team of experienced and qualified investment managers, and we’re backed by global financial services provider, Aviva.
Your child’s money is held securely by our custodian, Winterflood Securities Limited. They are responsible for holding your cash and investments safely. They are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are part of Close Brothers Group, who have been trading for more than 130 years. They hold your child’s cash and investments separately from Wealthify (ringfenced) in accordance with the FCA’s client asset rules.
As an authorised firm, Winterflood Securities Ltd. is also a member of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). This means your child’s investments may be protected up to £85,000.
It’s important to remember that the value of your investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested. The FSCS scheme does not allow you to claim compensation simply because the value of your child’s account falls below what you originally invested.