Moneybox app review

Round up everyday purchases and invest your spare change.

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Moneybox will round up your purchases to the nearest pound and invest the extra cash into a Stocks and Shares ISA. Moneybox want to make investing more accessible, while giving customers the opportunity to grow their money.

Read on to find out more about Moneybox and whether it is the right option for you.

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  • Really simple app makes it easy to invest
  • Fees can outstrip earnings if you don’t use regularly

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What is Moneybox?

Launched in 2016, Moneybox is an investing app that aims to make investing simple and accessible to anyone.

With as little as £1, you can invest in companies like Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Nintendo, Unilever and Disney via Moneybox’s tracker funds.

It takes the whole investment process out of your hands too. All you have to do is spend and the app will round up your purchases to the nearest pound and invest the spare change. Or you can deposit lump sums weekly or monthly yourself.

By connecting a spending card to the Moneybox app, you can set up a Stocks; Shares ISA, GIA or Junior Stocks; Shares ISA from your mobile phone in a couple of minutes. This gives those with little or no investment experience an easy starting point.

How does Moneybox work?

The streamlined smartphone app gives everyone the opportunity to invest by following a few simple steps:

  • Connect a card: To begin you’ll need to connect a spending card to your Moneybox app.
  • Save as you spend: Moneybox will enable you to round up the spare change from purchases such as your morning coffee or bus fare.
  • Invest your spare change: It can then be invested in thousands of global companies via tracker funds.
  • Invest: You can also contribute via one off payments or weekly deposits.
  • Select your starting option: Choose from cautious, balanced or adventurous. The options are made up of different ratios of the same three tracker funds – a cash fund, a global shares fund and a property shares fund.
  • Automatic withdrawals: Every Wednesday at midday your money is taken by direct debit and invested in your ISA, your General Investment Account, or your child’s junior ISA.

How do Moneybox roundups work?

With Moneybox roundups you can regularly squirrel small amounts of money away. As the name suggests, it rounds up your transactions to the nearest pound, before putting the spare change in a savings pot.

If you buy a £2.60 coffee, for instance, it will round the transaction up to £3 and then put the spare 40p in your “digital piggybank.”

Your round ups will be automatically calculated every two days. Or you can do them manually. Head to the account section in the app and choose between the automatic or manual round up options.

All these round ups will build up in your Weekly savings total, which you can see as a blue circle on your home screen. At midday Wednesday, this little savings pile is taken by your pre-arranged direct debit and invested in your ISA or GIA, or your child’s junior ISA.

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Moneybox’s other products

Aside from personal investment you also select to invest in a Junior ISA or a Lifetime ISA

Junior ISA: A Junior ISA is a savings and investment account for children up to the age of 18. It is an efficient way to save or invest towards your child’s future as it is free from any income or capital gains tax. Money can only be withdrawn by the child after they reach the age of 18.

Lifetime ISA: With the Lifetime ISA, you can pay in up to £4,000 per year and you get a 25% government bonus on all savings. That means for every £4 you save, you get £1 for free. If you pay in the maximum £4,000 you’ll receive a £1,000 bonus. Savings can then be used either to buy your first home or for retirement.

Moneybox’s fees and limits

  • Fixed Subscription fee: Free for the first three months, £1 thereafter. Charged monthly.
  • Platform fee: 0.45%. Charged annually, billed monthly.
  • Fund provider fees: 0.23% average. Charged annually, billed monthly.

Is Moneybox safe?

As with all investing, the value of your investments are subject to rise and fall. It is important to know that there is some risk involved. You could get back less than you invested.

Moneybox is FCA authorised and covered by the FSCS. So if it were to go bust, your investment would be protected up to £50,000. However, this does not protect your money if investments fall in value.

Moneybox use 256-bit TLS encryption for all your personal information and will never share any of your details with third parties without your consent.

Pros and cons of Moneybox

Pros

  • You can withdraw some, or all, of your money at any time, using the app, as long as that amount has fully settled.
  • The app is simple, making it easy to save and invest
  • You could see a greater return than if funds were stored elsewhere.
  • You are able to select a preferred risk level – cautious, balanced or adventurous.
  • Great for individuals with no experience in investing.
  • Safe and secure, FCA authorised with 256-bit encryption protecting your personal details.
  • If you have online banking, a national insurance number and £1 to spare, it takes a few minutes to invest.

Cons

  • Your capital is put at risk.
  • The charges could be an issue for those starting out with small investments as fees could be higher than monthly profits. You might make more money with a high interest current account.
  • It can take time to see any substantial return on savings.

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    CharlieDecember 21, 2018

    Does Moneybox work with “Tide”?

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      CharisseDecember 21, 2018Staff

      Hi Charlie,

      Thanks for reaching out to finder.

      If you are referring to Tide- a fintech app which offers business current accounts, Moneybox does not work with them or have integrated their services with them.

      Moneybox helps their customers with investing while Tide provides specialised service to help businesses grow. You can head on to our review page on Tide for more information about them an how their services work.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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    NeilOctober 15, 2018

    Hi
    So as this looks good application so who and what companies do you invest in and are there limits to what you can put in

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaOctober 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      Moneybox didn’t specify all the companies that your money will be invested in. However, they mentioned that your money will be invested across thousands of global companies such as Netflix and Disney via simple tracker funds.

      Yes, there’s a limit. According to their webiste, “the maximum you can contribute to an ISA for the 2018/19 tax year is £20,000. There is no limit to what you can invest in a GIA but there is a £20,000 limit to the amount you can invest on any one week.”

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    MargotOctober 13, 2018

    Hello! I am wondering what the .45% platform fee is taken out of. Is it taken out of overall profit made during the year starting from the date of signing up? Thanks!

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaOctober 16, 2018Staff

      Hi Margot,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      The 0.45% platform fee is taken from the value of your investments per year. This fee accrues daily but is charged monthly by selling down your largest holding.

      Please note though that daily fee won’t show in the daily valuations posted within the Messages section of the app. It is only reflected on the daily valuation at the end of that month when you will be charged.

      For more information about the platform fee, please visit Moneybox’s Junior ISA FAQ section on their website.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    BlerotSeptember 27, 2018

    Is the app suitable for an Amazon Fire tablet

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      joelmarceloSeptember 28, 2018Staff

      Hi there,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Unfortunately, the Moneybox app will only work on iOS and Android devices as of writing. It will not work on Amazon Fire OS yet.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    AnnAugust 15, 2018

    Does it mean that if I invest £20 a month after 3 months I will get charge £1 plus other charges eventhough returns may be less?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaAugust 19, 2018Staff

      Hi Ann,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      The £1 fee is a standard fee for using the platform. However, it will only be charged every month after three months. It does not depend on whether you have invested £20 or not.

      Other fees include platform fees and fund provider fees.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    TonyJune 7, 2018

    Is the investment profit taxable?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaJune 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well for you. :)

      Income from the investment may be subject to tax. The amount that you would be paying depends on your tax rate and tax bracket. Get in touch with your local tax office to learn more.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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