The time has come! We finally have an app that does what the coveted Acorns app does for the people south of us. It’s called Mylo.
Mylo is a Montreal-based FinTech startup that has created the only app for Canadians that mimics the old-fashioned change jar….with a twist.
From their own words: “Mylo is a mobile platform that automatically rounds up every purchase that users make and invests the spare change. Then, once plugged in, Mylo uses its proprietary user transactional data and artificial intelligence to provide personalized insights and recommendations so that users can make better financial decisions. Mylo helps optimize users’ insurance coverage, reduce interest payments, maximize travel points and more.”
Mylo is a program that runs only on your smartphone. The program will monitor your spending on both purchases and payments. It then rounds up the amounts based on how you direct the program to proceed. For example, you pay $42.38 for groceries, and you set up the program to round to the nearest dollar. This saving machine will deduct $0.62 from your account, and deposit it into an investment account. Not only does it invest your funds to increase the value of your savings, the program will also let you know how far along you are on meeting a goal, like saving for a vacation or retirement, and there is never a time that you are not able to access your money.
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What does that mean and how does it work?
It’s actually pretty simple. If you head to the app store on your phone, you would need to download the Mylo app. It’s free to download, of course, and available to both iPhone and Android users.
Open the Mylo app, and follow the prompts. It takes about three or four minutes to set up your preferences and to answer some questions about your investing background. It’s good to know how much risk can you tolerate, are you a new or seasoned investor, and a few other risk related questions that will help the program and your investment advisor select the right investments to maximize your dollars.
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Choose a goal for your account, like Vacation or Home Purchase, and the goal amount. You also establish the desired achievement date for that goal.
Mylo monitors your account for transactions, and rounds up the transaction amount to the nearest dollar. Similarly, where you would have change in your pocket, the program automatically plans to transfer the change to your new account at Mylo. If you signed up after May, 2017, there is a fee of $1 per month.
What if I have a limit on transactions coming out of my chequing account?
Mylo only transfers once a week, regardless how many transactions you have made. Also, all round-ups will come from one account, even if based on multiple accounts or credit cards.
Wow, now what?
Here’s the best part. Do nothing.
The funds transferred each time are minimal, so you don’t need to budget a set savings amount. The program checks to see if there is enough to withdraw the funds that week, so you do not go into overdraft. Therefore, money flows bit by bit into your savings account, and is invested.
MYLO: MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
I have been using Mylo for about two months, and I have been more mindful about purchases lately. Just by paying my bills and other transactions like grocery purchases, gas and debt payments, I have already amassed $45.00 in my account.
If you only use Mylo for the most basic purpose of saving spare change, you will be in for a surprise at how easily and quickly you can save money.
You can transfer lump sums into Mylo, and soon the company hopes to open up more options, like offering registered retirement savings plan (RRSP), and tax-free savings accounts (TFSA), to name a few.
Wait. So my nickels and dimes collect into this account, it gets invested to make more money, and I don’t have to do a thing?
Financial advisors still recommend having a portion of your income go directly to savings, of course, but this is a great way to put away money pain-free.
How do I know my funds are safe?
Mylo features complete advanced bank-level security. It’s backed by Canadian ShareOwner (owned by WealthSimple). Your funds are insured up to $1,000,000.00.
You all know I am on a journey to save more, spend less, want less, have more… and this is just one tool that I have added to my personal resources. I hope this helps you out too.
Update: Feb. 2018: I am still using this great program! There were a few hiccups when I switched from a major institution’s bank account to a credit union’s bank account as my primary account. As soon as I reached out to the service team, they responded to my inquiries quickly. I was so impressed with how fast and simple it was to work out the wrinkles, especially when using a lesser-known credit union. I still recommend Mylo to everyone!