Since the Government launched the lifetime ISA in 2017, a growing number of investment firms have been getting in on the act. One of these is Nutmeg who clearly see this as a chance to offer a financial product tailored to the needs of millennials.
Lifetime ISAs were launched to address the savings gap among millennials. This generation, which hit financial independence in the midst of the 2008 recession, has found it tough to put aside substantial sums for retirement. Stagnant wages combined with a high cost of living mean getting onto the housing ladder remains a pipedream for many.
As for saving for retirement? Forget it. A study from the FCA found that 15 million people aren’t saving for retirement. Even those who are, often aren’t saving enough. Lifetime ISAs are the Government’s way of changing the story.
Nutmeg’s lifetime ISA is open to anyone over the age of 40 and allows you to save up to £4,000 per year without paying tax on any future returns up to the age of 50. For every £4 you invest, the Government will top it up with a £1 bonus up to a maximum of £1,000. That’s potentially a huge amount of free government money every year.
Interest is gathering pace with a number of other providers including Hargreaves Lansdown, AJ Bell and Newcastle Building Society also offering their own products. However, investing in an ISA is not without its risks and returns can fall as well as rise.
What does Nutmeg Invest in?
Nutmeg Investment’s approach is to invest in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). These are more transparent and offer a lower cost and adopt a more conservative approach of tracking the market rather than trying to beat it. With no hidden fees, their approach is to be seen as offering the best value for money on the market.
Setting up is relatively easy. All you have to do is pay in a sum of between £100 and £4,000 to get started. For those who had given up hope of being able to save enough to get on the property ladder or retire comfortably, therefore, this does offer an attractive option. As with anything, though, it pays to check the terms and to make sure this is the best option for your circumstances.
Tom Cropper has been writing for us since 2015. Tom is a financial journalist and his work has appeared in titles such as the Guardian, Euromoney and many others.