How I’d invest £20,000 in a Stocks and Shares ISA for extra income

A Stocks and Shares ISA is a marvellous tool for building wealth and establishing a secondary source of income through dividends. Each year investors have a £20,000 annual allowance to take advantage of, paving the way for tax-free investment gains.

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But even for those who are fortunate to be able to maximise this allowance each year, there remains the question of how to invest £20,000?

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Income vs growth

There are various categories in which UK shares can be placed. But two of the most prominent are income and growth. The former focuses on finding profitable enterprises that consistently return capital to shareholders through dividends. The latter targets cash-generative businesses that reinvest aggressively into operational expansion. But which is the better type to buy?

There is no simple answer to this question because it ultimately depends on the individual, their risk tolerances, and investment objectives.

Generally speaking, growth stocks are usually more popular among investors with long time horizons and a stomach for volatility. While the risks are generally higher, investing early in a fast-growing enterprise can unlock explosive returns.

Meanwhile, income stocks are typically far less exciting. In fact, they’re usually boring. But they often make up for their lack of share price appreciation through higher dividend yields. Achieving explosive growth is far less likely. But for some investors, the reliability of systematically receiving a dividend cheque periodically more than makes up for this fact.

Of course, nothing states that investors can’t have a blend of the two. In fact, in my personal Stocks and Shares ISA, that’s precisely what I’ve done. And by reinvesting any dividends received, the effects of compounding can be amplified, allowing income stocks to pack a bigger punch in the long run.

Maturity often breeds complacency

Finding winning growth investments can be challenging. After all, these firms are often younger and have yet to reach maturity, where cash flow and earnings become far more reliable. But that doesn’t mean picking income stocks is any easier.

There are countless examples of companies at the top of the food chain becoming complacent. And over time, smaller players can begin to steal market share without anyone noticing before it’s too late. In fact, this is exactly what happened with BT. While the firm has since started turning itself around with fibre and 5G, it’s still nowhere near trading at its 2015 levels.

Therefore, when investing the £20,000 Stocks and Shares ISA allowance each year, investors of all types need to thoroughly investigate each business under consideration. The firms that can consistently take market share, expand cash flow, and maintain a robust balance sheet are likely to provide the best returns. And they’re often not the companies that are the most popular.

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