OpenMoney Customer Information Page
OpenMoney customers now have a new home with Octopus Money. We’re excited to welcome you to the Octopus family.
Octopus Group serves over 5 million customers across the UK and manages over £12.8bn* of investments – and most importantly, our customers rate Octopus Money 4.8 out of 5 stars.
OpenMoney is closing down its investment services and customers’ accounts will be migrated to Octopus Money.
Who’s Octopus Money?
Octopus Money is on a mission to help millions of people turn their life dreams into reality by making more of their savings, investments, pensions and more.
Through a mix of real, friendly people and really clever technology, we help you connect the dots between the life you want to live and the choices you make with your money.
We’re a certified B-corp – and yes, our famous sister is green energy game-changer, Octopus Energy.
We’re excited to help you invest your hard-earned money and introduce you to all of the ways we can help you make your money go further.
What happened to OpenMoney?
OpenMoney recently announced they would be closing down their investment and pension services. So, in recent months, they’ve been working to find a safe and secure home for their customers. After a thorough review process, Octopus Money has been selected as the best partner for this transition.
Is my money safe?
Yes! Your money will be in safe hands. Octopus manages over £12.8bn* of investments. There’s also an established process for moving money from one investment firm to another so your money will be secure as it moves to Octopus Money. In addition, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) protects your money, up to £85,000, in the event that your investment firm fails.
Is my data safe?
What if I don’t want to move to Octopus Money?
Unfortunately, the opt out period is now closed. But once your account is moved to Octopus Money, we’re happy to help you transfer to a different provider.
What if I want to keep my money with OpenMoney?
Unfortunately, this is not an option because OpenMoney’s investing operations are closing down.
If I move to Octopus Money, will I be required to stay with Octopus?
We hope you will! But you are always free to withdraw or transfer your money somewhere else after you move over to Octopus Money.
Is there anything else you’ll need from me before you move my account?
The Financial Conduct Authority requires that we verify the identity of all customers who are moving to Octopus Money. To do this, we will run what’s called a “soft search” that you may see appear on a credit report. Rest assured, that “soft searches” like this have no impact on your credit score or any future credit applications you might make. In some cases, we may have to ask for additional information, such as a picture of your driving licence or your passport. You’ll receive a special email from us if this is required.
Understanding our service
What are the differences between the service I get from OpenMoney and the service Octopus Money offers?
|Cash flow forecasting||✘||✔|
|Products||ISA, GIA, SIPP||ISA, GIA, SIPP, JISA|
|Mobile access||Native mobile app||Mobile-optimised|
2 Includes life insurance, income protection and critical illness cover
3 A real person to speak to about your money and finances
Our services are similar in many ways. You can access your investments and receive advice on investing, pensions, mortgages and protection.
The main difference is that OpenMoney takes a “digital first” approach to financial advice, whereas Octopus Money takes a “human first” approach.
When you received financial advice from OpenMoney, you used an online tool. You stated how much you wanted to invest, and the tool asked you questions to confirm that the amount was suitable for you. Then, you may have spoken to an adviser if you needed any extra help.
At Octopus Money, we like for every client to have a conversation with one of our financial coaches, to make sure we really understand you, your life and your dreams. We chat through your short, medium and long-term goals. Then, your coach builds a personalised forecast of your financial future. With the help of our technology, we give you advice on how much to save, invest and contribute to your pensions.
Will there be any changes to the fees I pay?
We believe that paying for investing advice should be simple, transparent and affordable. We review our charges annually and are committed to keeping the fees you pay the same or lower for at least 12 months.
You currently pay OpenMoney an “advice fee” for the ongoing investment advice you receive. But it may take us a bit of time to provide you with this personal advice, as we work on migrating customers over to Octopus. We don’t want you to pay for something you’re not receiving – so we will temporarily reduce your fees by approximately 0.1% until we are able to update your investing advice.
After your investments are transferred, we’ll send you a statement that shows exactly how much you will be charged for us to look after your money over the next year. There may be some changes to the way VAT is charged on your investments, which will also be included in this statement, but the total amount you pay won’t be any higher than you pay now. If you have questions in the meantime about what this means for you, then please get in touch.
|Example Annual Fees|
|If you invest £10,000||£75.00||£65.00|
|If you invest £100,000||£750.00||£650.00|
Will I still be able to access the regulatory documents related to my past investments?
We recommend that you download any historic documents you want to keep from your account as they will not be transferred to your new Octopus Money account.
Will I have access to any other services when I join Octopus Money?
Yes! At Octopus Money, we’re building more services to help people at lots of big moments in their life. There’s lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline and you’ll get access to all of that as a customer. It will take a bit of time for us to transition you and get full access. But we promise it will be worth the wait!
Your OpenMoney account
What will happen to my access to the OpenMoney account and app?
You will keep access to your account until the transition to Octopus Money begins on 22 November 2023. At that point, we will begin the process of migrating your investments to Octopus Money. There may be a short period of time while your account is being migrated when you won’t be able to see some details of your investments. We will send you an email with details to login to your new account.
What will happen to my Direct Debit?
Your regular contributions to your investing account can continue when you move to Octopus.
On 23 November, your Direct Debit with OpenMoney will be paused.
You’ll be able to turn your Direct Debit back on once your new account is fully set up with Octopus Money.
What if I want to make a one-off deposit into my account?
Starting on 23 November, you’ll no longer be able to make deposits into your OpenMoney account.
Once your account is fully migrated to Octopus, you’ll be able to make deposits again as normal.
What if I need to withdraw or transfer any money?
Between 22 November and mid-December, we’ll be migrating your account, so you won’t be able to withdraw or transfer money.
Your money will be in safe hands and will continue to be invested during this period.
If you already know that you’ll need to withdraw your money during this period, please contact OpenMoney support to withdraw it now (this must be done before 21 November).
Who can I speak to about this transition?
Hopefully, we’ve answered some of your questions already. But our team at Octopus Money is ready and happy to help answer any other questions you have about the transition.
Email us to get prompt, friendly help with your questions.
Or, if you prefer, you can call us on 020 3195 4455. Our lines are open Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.
*Includes undrawn commitments, funds under advisory mandates and funds monitored as of 30th June 2023.