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Stocks & shares ISAs Deliver Weakest Performance Since 2008 Financial Crisis

Personal_Finance / ISA's Apr 04, 2016 - 12:40 PM GMT

By: MoneyFacts

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· The average performance of a stocks & shares ISA has fallen by 2.7% during the 2015/16 tax year so far, the worst growth since the 2008 financial crisis.

· This compares with an average cash ISA rate of 1.44% over the same period.

· The average stocks & shares ISA has failed to deliver positive growth in seven of the 17 tax years since the introduction of ISAs in 1999.


As the 2015/16 tax year draws to a close, new research by Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts has revealed the extent to which stocks & shares ISA performance has suffered during what has been a testing period for stock markets.

As things currently stand, 2015/16 is on course to be the worst tax year for stocks & shares ISA performance since the 2008 financial crisis. The average stocks & shares ISA fund has fallen by 2.7% so far this tax year (see Table 1), the biggest fall since the 2008/2009 tax year when the average loss was 20.8%. By contrast, the average interest rate on cash ISAs (both fixed and variable rate) during the course of the 2015/16 tax year is 1.44%.

Highlighting the challenging environment that has faced investors in the current tax year is the fact that just 232 out of the 1,009 ISA funds surveyed (22%) have delivered growth during this period. In terms of Investment Association sectors, the standout ISA performers during the current tax year have been UK Smaller Companies (8.5%), European Smaller Companies (6.3%) and Japanese Smaller Companies (5.1%). At the other end of the spectrum, China/Greater China (-12.8%), Global Emerging Markets (-10.5%) and Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (-9.5%) suffered the heaviest losses.

While the 2015/16 tax year figures may be disappointing, there is still a strong case for investing in stocks & shares ISAs over the long term. This is demonstrated by some of the other findings from our latest ISA survey:

• The average stocks & shares ISA fund has grown by 175% in the 17 years since the introduction of ISAs. The best performing ISA fund over that period (Marlborough Special Situations) has posted growth of 1,833%.

• Only three funds out of 434 stocks & shares ISA funds that have been available since ISAs were first introduced have delivered a loss. All bar three funds have delivered double-digit growth.

Richard Eagling, Head of Pensions and Investments at Moneyfacts, said:

“The heightened market volatility and ongoing uncertainty facing the global economy has naturally had an adverse impact on the performance of most stocks & shares ISAs, with the vast majority failing to deliver positive growth this tax year. This has led to the unusual position whereby savers would have achieved a better return from a cash ISA in the 2015/16 tax year, even though these rates are at record lows. However, there is still a compelling argument for investing into a stocks & shares ISA, as demonstrated by the returns posted over the longer term.”

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