Mid-June, JPMorgan announced that it was acquiring Nutmeg, a wealth management fintech, in preparation to launch its Chase digital bank in the U.K. later this year.
- While JPMorgan and Nutmeg have kept the financial terms of the agreement hush hush, Reuters pegs Nutmeg’s purchase close to $1 billion.
- If accurate, that works out to be about $7,000 per customer for a company with just around 220 employees.
- JPMorgan and Nutmeg previously partnered together on Nutmeg’s Smart Alpha investment portfolios in November 2020.
“Nutmeg’s customers can expect the same level of transparency, convenience and service that helped make us a leading digital wealth manager in the U.K.,” says Neil Alexander, CEO of Nutmeg, in a press release. “I am truly impressed with the digital experience that Chase is building for the U.K., and this new chapter in our story will see Nutmeg’s customers benefit from a wider range of products and services in the future, and allow us to expand into new markets.”
Founded in 2012, Nutmeg is a robo-advisor with a customer base that has grown to 140,000 with $4.9 billion of assets under management. While Nutmeg has yet to make a profit, robo-advising is expected to become a $1.2 trillion industry by 2024.
Nutmeg began as a pure robo-advisor, offering ISAs, pensions, and general investment accounts. Nutmeg made investments in ready-made portfolios on behalf of the customer based on its proprietary algorithm. Nutmeg launched general investment accounts, and its stocks and shares ISA in September 2012. The wealthtech grew its product line-up slowly over the years, offering pensions in February 2015, fixed allocations in January 2017 and a Lifetime ISA in April 2017. It also eventually added a Junior ISA.
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