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Open a Junior ISA. Give your child a head start in life.

The long-term, tax-free way of investing in your child's future. Open a stocks and shares Junior ISA, and start them on their financial journey.

With investment, your capital is at risk. Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

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What is a Junior ISA?

A Junior ISA (JISA or child ISA) is a tax-free account set up by a parent or guardian for children under the age of 18. The parent or guardian will contribute to the account but only the child can access the money – and only after they turn 18. 

At Nutmeg, you can only open a Junior ISA for a child who is under 16, but it makes sense to open a Junior ISA from the day they are born. The full 18 years means they can benefit from compounding and afford to take more investment risk. And with tax-free returns, the money you invest has the potential for further growth.

Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

Why choose a Nutmeg stocks and shares Junior ISA?

It's easy to open a Nutmeg Junior ISA, and start your child’s financial journey. Straightforward, transparent and designed by experts, we help to make investing easier.

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Expertly designed

Our in-house investment team has built a range of portfolios for our Junior ISA suited to your chosen risk level and investment style. Our client services team can support you with any questions you might have.

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Straightforward

It’s easy to open a Junior ISA with us. Simply log into the web or mobile app and start with just £100. We give you the flexibility to make changes to your risk level and investment style as your situation changes.

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Transparent

You have access to your account at any time, so you can always see where your Junior ISA is invested, and how it’s performing. And at Nutmeg, we have no hidden costs or exit fees.

Choose your investment style

All four Nutmeg investment styles are built by experts and use exchange traded funds (more on ETFs here) to diversify across stocks, bonds, industries, even countries. Choose the one that works for you. 

Fully Managed

Proactively managed portfolio

These portfolios are proactively managed by our experienced investment team. This means they will regularly make strategic adjustments to try and protect against losses and boost returns.

Annual costs and charges

0.75% up to £100k, 0.35% beyond

+Average investment fund cost: 0.21%

+Average market spread: 0.08%

Smart Alpha

Powered by J.P. Morgan Asset Management

J.P. Morgan Asset Management adapts your portfolio during changing market conditions, while using their in-house research to select securities with the aim of delivering better returns.

Annual costs and charges

0.75% up to £100k, 0.35% beyond

+Average investment fund cost: 0.33%

+Average market spread: 0.08%

Socially Responsible

With a focus on the environment and society

Our socially responsible portfolios (SRI) are tilted towards companies and bond issuers that have high environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards. As with our Fully Managed style, these portfolios are proactively managed by our investment team.

Annual costs and charges

0.75% up to £100k, 0.35% beyond

+Average investment fund cost: 0.33%

+Average market spread: 0.08%

Fixed Allocation

Assets without intervention at a low cost

These portfolios are designed to perform without the intervention of our investment team. Your portfolio will be automatically rebalanced to ensure your investments match your risk level, but the assets will only be reviewed once a year to make sure they're still right for you.

Annual costs and charges

0.45% up to £100k, 0.25% beyond

+Average investment fund cost: 0.18%

+Average market spread: 0.08%

Past performance and allocation

Below you can see a detailed breakdown of our performance over the past few years. And because we value transparency, we've also detailed how our investments are allocated across countries and assets.

Risk level

Track Record

Explore our full 9-year track record for each of our 10 risk-based fully managed portfolios and see how our results compare against our competitors.

This past performance is simulated but based on real market transactions, with all client portfolios represented as a single portfolio for each risk level. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance.

Nutmeg monthly returns shown in blue. Peers monthly returns for portfolios 3-10 shown in orange.

*The annualised figure is the return since inception expressed as a compound annual rate. For example, a portfolio with an annualised return of 6% corresponds to an actual return of 19.1% over three years (rather than 18% as you might expect) due to the effect of compounding.

Capital at risk. JISA rules apply.

Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

Most people ask us

As of the 2021/22 tax year, the annual tax allowance or limit for a JISA is £9,000. For any contributions over the limit, the excess is held in a savings account in trust for the child.  

Your JISA allowance resets at the start of each tax year. The tax year starts on 6th April and your allowance, or any unused portion of it, doesn’t carry over to the next tax year.  

Find out if a junior ISA is right for you.

Only a parent or legal guardian residing in the UK can open a Nutmeg stocks and shares JISA on behalf of their child. Only the ‘registered contact’ can manage the account. 

The registered contact is the only person who can: 

  • change the account, e.g. adjust risk levels 
  • change the account provider 
  • report changes of circumstances, e.g. change of address 

For children who live outside of the UK, you can only become a registered contact if you are a crown servant (in the UK's armed forces, diplomatic service or overseas civil services, for example) and the child depends on you for care. Both criteria must apply. 

To open a Nutmeg JISA, the account holder must contribute a minimum of £100. Note, you must have an existing account* with Nutmeg to open a JISA.  

*If you’re opening a new Nutmeg account for the purpose of opening a JISA, the account can remain unfunded. 

The money in a JISA belongs to the child in all but exceptional circumstances. 

When the child turns 16, they may apply to become the registered contact and manage the JISA themselves. However, they cannot withdraw the money until they’re 18. 

There are two types of JISA: 

  • In a cash Junior ISA, you do not pay tax on interest. Although cash is guaranteed not to fall in value, annual inflation will have an adverse impact on its value. 
  • In a stocks and shares Junior ISA, you pay no tax on capital growth or dividends. Investments are riskier but may mean growth is potentially greater than a cash product. However, unlike cash, the value of a stocks and shares Junior ISA can go up or down. 

A child can have a cash JISA, a stocks and shares JISA, or both. 

With Nutmeg, you may only open one pot per stocks and shares JISA, but a parent or guardian may open multiple JISAs for different children. One JISA for each child.

In most cases, anyone, including parents, friends and family, can contribute on behalf of the child, provided total contributions fall below the JISA limit.

Any contributions to a JISA are not factored into your annual ISA allowance.* Nor do they count towards your Lifetime ISA limit.

*Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future.

A registered contact may transfer either a JISA or Child Trust Fund from another provider to Nutmeg.

The child can take control of the account when they’re 16 but cannot access the money until they turn 18. If not withdrawn at age 18, the money rolls into an adult ISA.

You cannot have a JISA as well as a Child Trust Fund (CTF). If you want to open a JISA you must transfer the CTF in.  

A Child Trust Fund is a long-term tax-free savings account for children. The CTF scheme is now closed, so you cannot apply for a new one. But people with existing CTFs can continue to contribute £9,000 a year into them. 

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