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Will this year’s Isa season be the best yet?

Yes 50%
No 50%

No “Not necessarily but it should not be a bad season either. The markets have been improving and that is unfortunately when most people buy rather than when they are better value. There is a lot of optimism about the future.”

Timothy Purdon, Paladin Financial Services

No “Regrettably no, despite increased awareness of them. But they are a wonderful investment vehicle and everyone should maximise them.”

Colin Gourlay, Wilson Insurance Services

No “Whether we will ever see the same levels as before the stockmarket crash, I do not know. Providing the market continues to stay buoyant, I think it will be a good year.”

Barry Surridge, Corinthian Financial Planning

Yes “Isas are growing in popularity and, with the recent Government commitments and market conditions, it could be the best yet.”

Chris Hindle, Curtis Clarke Financial Services

Yes “People always seem to buy at the top of the market and, unfortunately, it looks like this year’s season will be no exception.”

Wayne Poulton, Eastmills Investment & Insurance Consultants

No “But I am bullish about it and think it might be the best one for the last four or five years. We expect to see continued confidence in the market but I do not think it will be anywhere near 2000 or 1999.”

Paul Penny, Atticus Holdings

Yes “Equity markets continue to ride high after the correction in the middle of last year and performance has been exceptional. Add to that the inclusion of property and new laws enabling investors to switch from cash Isas to equity Isas and conditions look favourable.”

Stuart Clowery, Lumley Associates

Yes “The market is still on the crest of a wave, with good returns continuing. The new legislation regarding Isa transfers is also likely to bolster the market, with more freedom for investing.”

Ralph Platt, Life Matters Money Marketing welcomes readers’ letters for publication. Letters should be sent to: The Editor, Money Marketing, 50 Poland Street, London, W1F 7AX.

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