The march of the cryptocurrency world continues. Digital wealth manager Moneybox is best known for an app that encourages individuals to save in a broad spread of investments via their mobile phones.
[Moneybox] has raised £35m from asset management giant Fidelity in a Series D funding round that will enable it to scale up its operations and launch crypto investments.
As well as Fidelity International Strategic Ventures—which has backed Moneybox since its Series B in 2018—the new round was also joined by new backer Polar Capital along with several existing investors.
Moneybox co-founder and co-CEO Ben Stanway told AltFi that the funding would help the fintech deliver on the “societal need for the mass market to have wealth planning, savings and services made available to them”.
The funding comes just ahead of Moneybox, hitting £3bn in assets under administration across its 800,000 customers, a milestone which Stanway says should be reached in the “next couple of weeks”.
With around 300 employees, the funding will be used to continue building Moneybox’s brand, growing its customer base, launching its first financial planning services, adding a broader range of ETFs, and introducing crypto-investing, Stanway told AltFi.
Loan Auction Latest
All these loans can be held, up to £20,000, as Innovative Finance Individual Savings Accounts (IFISAs). IFISAs are explained in more detail below. Here’s the latest from the auction room:
Historical Performance And IFISA Process Guide
That figure is the result of over £24 million of loans facilitated on the site, as we bring individuals looking for a good return on capital together with carefully vetted small companies seeking funds for growth. Bear in mind that lenders’ capital is at risk. Read warnings on site before committing capital.
All loans on site are eligible to be held in a Money&Co. Innovative Finance Individual Savings Account (IFISA), up to the annual ISA limit of £20,000. Such loans offer lenders tax-free income. Our offering is an Innovative Finance ISA (IFISA) that can hold the peer-to-peer (P2P) business loans that Money&Co. facilitates. For the purposes of this article, the terms ISA and IFISA are interchangeable.
So here’s our guide to the process:
The ISA allowance for 2020/21 is unchanged from last tax year at £20,000, allowing a married couple to put £40,000 into a tax-free environment. Over three years, an investment of this scale in two Money&Co. Innovative Finance ISAs would generate £8,400 of income completely free of tax. We’re assuming a 7 per cent return, net of charges and free of tax here.
Once you have made your initial commitment, you might then consider diversifying – buying a spread of loans. To do this, you can go into the “loans for sale” market. All loans bought in this market also qualify for IFISA tax benefits.
Risk: Security, Access, Yield
Do consider not just the return, but the security and the ease of access to your investment. We write regularly about these three key factors. Here’s one of several earlier articles on security, access and yield.