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What is ISA and what is it made for?

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It’s made to save you money. Not satisfied with the answer? Please proceed. 

Happy end

Let’s say, you’ve invested 1,000 pounds in stocks expecting a 10% yearly return. At the end of the first year, you’d have 1,100 pounds. During the second year, the same 10% would make your 1,100 pounds become 1,210. The latter would accumulate another 10%, and so it would be happening every year. At the end of a decade, you’d have roughly 2,500 pounds. While ten years sounds pretty far away, doubling your investment at the end seems a worthy reason to walk the way. Moreover, as a shareholder, you’d be receiving your regular share of company profits. That’s why investing long-term is so sweet: while waiting to make a solid capital gain, you are receiving dividends. But…


Making capital gains and getting dividends is perfect – but! – before you cash on either of those, you pay a tax.

And here are two problems we’re facing:

  1. Capital gains
    The difference between the initial value of your stock and its value when you sell it is a capital gain. It’s taxed. Every time you sell a stock with a positive difference – you pay.
  2. Profits
    A company makes a profit. A part of that profit is yours – you get it as dividends. That’s your profit now. So, it’s taxed, too. 

Two solutions


It stands for General Investment Account. Basically, it’s a by-default option that lets you invest in most assets out there. As much as you want. Doesn’t have any nice features – you pay all the possible taxes and report whatever there is to report. 


Individual Saving Account. You cannot add more than 20,000 pounds here each year. But (remember that But-man – he’s not bad all the time) you don’t pay taxes! Also, you have much less reporting trouble than with the GIA.

What do I choose?

You like it all to be said directly, don’t you? Alright: if you want to make the best of your investments over years and save all there is to save instead of paying taxes – choose ISA. 

How to open?

Here is the instruction to have an ISA with Orca:

  1. While in the app, click ‘ISA’ 
  2. Agree on the conditions
  3. Congratulations!

Where else you’d have a two-step instruction?

ISA is nice because it lets your investment go easy on taxes – and! – opening an ISA is free.  We have rewarded our users with £19k+ worth of shares. Earn free stocks with Orca!

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