Saturday, 7 March 2015

Nutmeg - The Spicy Savings Portfolio

Putting money aside is a good idea for big life events, unexpected costs, an emergency and for retirement planning, but who can you trust when you want the right savings account and how can you limit your risk?  
Have you heard of Nutmeg? Nutmeg is a simple to manage online savings platform, with completely transparent costs.

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Started in 2011, by Nick Hungerford, who was frustrated by the exclusivity and lack of transparency in the investment world, Nutmeg is the UK's first online discretionary investment company.

They invest primarily in Exchange Traded Funds or ETFs. These are simple, physically-backed and liquid securities that comprise a range of asset classes including equities, bonds, commodities and cash. As Nutmeg is a totally independent company and not tied to anyone, they can select the assets, holding and securities that they like and base their investments on past performance, and the spreading of risk

Building up a portfolio of invest
ments can be daunting to those that are not experienced in this area, what with finding the best interest rates and understanding the costs involved it can be a minefield, so it's reassuring to know that as an investor in a Nutmeg product you are not charged any initial or setup charges, any exit fees or any trader or broker fees. You will only pay 0.3 to 1.0% based on how much you invest. 

As a Nutmeg Investor You are Not Charged Any Of these Fees

It is important to point out that with all savings nothing is guaranteed, and your investment can go up as well as down. Nutmeg manage the risks by tailoring the portfolio based on your individual needs, spreading your risk and opportunity and regularly reviewing your investment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

You are not locked into any minimum terms, and the minimum investment is £1000 for each fund you create. To get started you answer some simple questions such as the type of account you want, the goal and the target amount. It allows you to set a timeframe and a risk level from 1 to 10, and then shows you a financial projection. The risk levels start at 1, "Avoiding Loss" to 10 , "I'll risk large losses for higher gains". I found it interesting going through a dummy run to see the list of investments they would make with different risk levels.

Of course you could open these accounts yourself but this platform guides you along the way through the investment maze, in simple easy to understand language. Costs are also kept low due to the bulk buying of investments. 

You can open a Nutmeg ISA, start a personal pension plan and transfer your ISAs and personal pension pots to other providers. I am particularly interested in the stocks and shares ISA. This video below explains how it works.  

If you have an interest in the stocks and shares market but want to be guided along the way I think the Nutmeg way of doing business is perfect for you. You are guided, some of the risk is spread and your investment is regularly reviewed. 

An important point is they are also regulated by the FCA.

Let me know what you think of the Nutmeg way of investing. Do you have a pension fund, ISA or other long term savings?

* A sponsored post, words and opinions are my own.


  1. Having worked in banking for years i'm not sure how I feel about reading sponsored blog posts about financial products, I have to be honest. However I'm really looking forward to more posts from you xxxx

    1. Hi Laura, thanks for your comments and I understand where you are coming from. I think I explained the company in a factual way and If you want to invest in stocks and shares it is a way of being guided along the way. With any financial commitment you need to make your own mind up and way up the pros and cons, and I hope I have given you an insight and not sugar coated it.

  2. This was a very helpful post :) Can I just say that I ADORE your title picture :) Its beautiful!

  3. I think if I had money to invest I'd rather talk to a person about it! I'm not sure you can ever understand the complexities and risks without having the chance to ask someone all your questions directly! x

    1. To be honest I have had problems myself finding a good independent financial advisor. All financial advisors get a commission. If you need to ask this company any questions they do have a phone number you you can contact them on.

  4. Very informative post! Unfortunately I am not in a position to save anything at the moment but well worth the read :)

    1. Thanks Wendy, I am glad the post is informative. Financial decisions like this are very big decisions and you must make up your own mind.

  5. Good read but as a student i have no savings! Great to read about it though! xo

  6. An interesting post, great to see a financial company with completely transparent costs

  7. An excellent post, I get very confused with financial gibberish, even thou I have no money to save, put into shares/bonds/invest. I like this company, seem they want to take care of the clients, hold your hand so to say, no hidden charges. Good luck - I hope everyone gets an excellent return.
    My Granddad always told me to invest in oranges, everyone wants them! Thanks Mellissa xx

    1. I love the sound of your Grandad Lucy, a wise man :)


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