Did you know that money & finance is the most frequent source of worry for Irish adults today, more than family or health? 
Why? People need to overcome their financial fears and that’s the problem moneysherpa was born to fix.
Whilst I was responsible for financial services for Ireland’s 3rd largest bank PTSB, I was puzzled by this financial in-action. I couldn’t square the number of people with savings earning no returns or on high mortgage rates and the low levels of switching.
It was only years later, when I started consulting for a financial advice firm, that it dawned on me. The problem was a powerful cocktail of two things, fear of finance and friction in the buying journey.
I got to understand their motivation a lot better by talking to people about their finances over a coffee one on one. In these conversations I’d hear the same themes over and over again.
Savers stuck with earning low returns because they weren’t aware of how to build a portfolio or even better a pension. Mortgage holders sticking with interest rates twice as high as they should be, because they were worried they might lose their house by switching or that the process would be as painful as when they first bought.
Even the people that had overcome this initial fear then found themselves bogged down in tricky choices and paperwork. Giving up before actually making an investment, setting up a pension or switching their mortgage.
In talking to all kinds of people about their finances, I realised that this fear and friction was driven by lack of clear information, impartial advice and supporting services.
Existing financial information in Ireland is too wordy and generic. Advice too expensive and compromised, while support to help customers take action easily?
It simply doesn’t exist.
In other countries like the US & UK, customers have already been empowered to take control of their personal finances by startups like moneysherpa. These countries boast 20% higher financial literacy and double the level of financial engagement seen in Ireland .
So we assembled a handpicked team of technologists and financial experts and decided to build moneysherpa, to better support the financial journey of Irish customers.
What makes us different
At moneysherpa we empower people to reach their financial goals.
Helping them make smarter decisions and then put them into practice.
We do this by delivering 3 things.
- The right information, at the right time. We track what people are actually asking and make sure we give a straightforward answer. Using smart Search Engine Optimisation and our team of qualified expert contributors to produce on point content.
- Un-compromised free advice. We provide impartial reviews and recommendations on the best approach and financial providers for our customers. Supported by our strictly impartial editorial code so no financial provider gets unfairly promoted. We are also totally transparent who we get paid by, what for and by how much.
- The help they need. We make getting and switching personal finance providers easier. Our on site tools crunch the numbers for you, guiding you to the best rates, the provider most likely to approve your mortgage or working out exactly how much you will really save. Our sherpa customer teams will then guide you through the process of switching mortgage or making an investment over a series of video calls and emails.
Our secret sauce lies in the way we have built our platform from the ground up to solve these challenges for our customers.
We have talked to hundreds of customers, jumped over all the required regulatory hurdles, built multiple unique tools and services, then spent hours testing and tweaking all the moving parts. Yet we are only just getting started.
Initially we will be focussed on helping people invest and switch their mortgage. Future developments will see us expand to other financial services, including pensions, savings, loans and insurance.
As well as offering our services direct to consumers, we are also able to open up our technology to selected partners using our cloud based architecture.
This will raise the bar for the Irish financial services industry as a whole. We will be announcing our first partners in the coming weeks
If you share our passion to re-shape the personal finance landscape in Ireland, you can follow our progress on our social channels below or by signing up to our newsletter. If you want to suggest a great idea, an article or you are a potential partner you can reach me on [email protected].
If you want to make smarter investment or mortgage choices, you already know where to go ;-).