Stocks and shares ISA statistics

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Stocks and shares ISA statistics

Where the UK stands on interest-free trading accounts.

Charlie Barton

by , Banking and Investments publisher

An ISA is a great way to save your money in a tax-free savings account. Across the different types of ISA accounts, adults (18+) have a tax-free allowance of £20,000, while junior ISA accounts have an allowance of £4,368.

We’ve looked into the latest stocks and shares ISA statistics to see how the UK is utilising these tax-free accounts.

Quick overview

  • Over 2.8 million adult accounts and 270,000 junior accounts were open in 2017-2018.
  • The average adult stocks and shares ISA has over £10,000.
  • The average junior stocks and shares ISA has over £1,400.
  • In total there is more than £28 billion in adult stocks and shares ISAs.
  • In junior stocks and shares ISAs, there is more than £385 million.

Adult ISAs

The number of adult stocks and shares ISA accounts has reached its highest point since 2014-2015, with over 2.8 million accounts. The total amount invested in these accounts is at its highest ever amount, with over £28 billion invested. The average amount per account is also at its highest ever, totalling more than £10,000 per account.

Number of accounts

Year Number of accounts subscribed (thousands)
08-09 2,960
09-10 3,011
10-11 3,387
11-12 2,863
12-13 2,924
13-14 2,992
14-15 2,711
15-16 2,539
16-17 2,589
17-18 2,835

Total amount invested

Year Amounts subscribed (£ million)
08-09 9,711
09-10 12,542
10-11 15,515
11-12 15,546
12-13 16,459
13-14 18,439
14-15 22,288
15-16 21,129
16-17 22,325
17-18 28,702

Average amount per account

Year Average subscription per account (£)
08-09 3,281
09-10 4,165
10-11 4,581
11-12 5,431
12-13 5,629
13-14 6,163
14-15 8,221
15-16 8,322
16-17 8,623
17-18 10,124

Junior ISAs

Since their inception in November 2011, the number of junior ISA stocks and shares accounts has been steadily increasing. After a slight dip in 2016-2017, 2017-2018 figures show that over 270,000 accounts are now open. The total amount invested in these accounts is more than £385 million. However, the average amount per account is the lowest it’s been in the last three years, sitting at just over £1,400. Explore the graphs and tables below for more insights.

Number of accounts

Year Number of accounts subscribed (thousands)
11-12 N/A
12-13 92
13-14 122
14-15 145
15-16 241
16-17 225
17-18 271

Total amount invested

Year Amounts subscribed (£ million)
11-12 N/A
12-13 99
13-14 147
14-15 177
15-16 399
16-17 333
17-18 385

Average amount per account

Year Average subscription per account (£)
11-12 N/A
12-13 1,075
13-14 1,208
14-15 1,221
15-16 1,656
16-17 1,480
17-18 1,421

Sources

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