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What could the new Junior ISA limit mean for children investing in investment companies?

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12 March 2020

£9,000 invested each year in the average investment company over 18 years would be worth £464,413.

The annual savings limit for Junior ISAs (JISAs) was given a big boost in yesterday’s Budget, with the amount family and friends can invest for children each year more than doubling from £4,368 to £9,000.

New data from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) reveals what a big difference such a change can make over the long term.

£9,000 invested in the average investment company 18 years ago would have grown to be worth £44,700 at the end of February versus £21,844 if the current £4,368 limit had been invested.

The difference is even greater if the £9,000 had been invested in the top-performing investment company sector over the period, Country Specialist: Asia Pacific ex Japan, which would have turned it into £78,774.

For savers who could have made a £9,000 investment over each of the last 18 years in the average investment company, a total investment of £162,000, their child’s nest-egg would be worth £464,413, a life-changing sum.

Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), said: “Some lucky children were given a big savings boost in the Budget, with the annual Junior ISA (JISA) allowance more than doubling to £9,000. With their strong long-term performance, investment companies are well worth considering when saving for children. £9,000 invested in the average investment company 18 years ago would be worth nearly £45,000 at the end of February, enough to give a child a major head-start in life.

“Parents may be worried about the recent market volatility but over the long term stock market investments can really pay off. Young people are facing tough financial barriers, whether it’s paying for further education or getting on the housing ladder and investment companies can be a big help over the long term.”

Top performing investment company sectors over 18 years

AIC sector


lump sum invested





lump sum invested





invested annually (£78,624 invested)




£9,000 invested annually

(£162,000 invested)




Weighted average investment company (ex 3i ex VCTs)





Country Specialist: Asia Pacific ex Japan





Asia Pacific Smaller Companies





UK Smaller Companies





Global Emerging Markets





Private Equity





Biotechnology & Healthcare





Global Smaller Companies





UK All Companies





Asia Pacific















Global Equity Income





North America





Flexible Investment





UK Equity Income










Japanese Smaller Companies





Source: AIC/Morningstar. Performance is share price total return to 29 February 2020. Annual investments are on 6 April in each sector annually from 2002 to 2019.

For more information on saving for children with investment companies, visit the dedicated page ‘Saving for your children’s future?’ on which has six tips on saving for children, as well as a video, guide and jargon buster.


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  1. The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) was founded in 1932 to represent the interests of the investment trust industry – the oldest form of collective investment.  Today, the AIC represents a broad range of closed-ended investment companies, incorporating investment trusts and other closed-ended investment companies and VCTs. The AIC’s members believe that the industry is best served if it is united and speaks with one voice. The AIC’s mission statement is to help members add value for shareholders over the longer term. The AIC has 362 members and the industry has total assets of approximately £196 billion.
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