Help your kids
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Save. Invest. Earn rewards.

 
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OVER $3 MILLION INVESTED THIS YEAR

Tax-Advantaged Investment Account for Kids

Invest in your child’s future goals — help them save for an education, first car, house, pay for a wedding, or even to help their financial security as an adult

  • Investment options – Five investment options suited to your needs, including age-based
  • Taxes – Up to $2,200 of annual tax benefits and the first $1,100 in earnings are tax-free
  • Easy access – Manage your account from anywhere with our easy to use mobile app
  • Control – You control how the money is invested and spent until the child becomes an adult
  • Auto deposits – Set up automatic contributions to easily invest

UNest Gifting

The perfect gift from family and friends. Your child’s UNest account is shareable and perfect for every occasion as your child grows

How it works

  • Open a UNest investment account – in less than 5 minutes, get investment options that are tailored to the age of your child
  • Invite friends and family – Send a gifting link to invite your friends and family to contribute for Birthdays, holidays and other special occasions
  • Watch it grow – Watch your child’s account grow due to the contributions from your community and special rewards from the brands your love

UNest Rewards

Earn extra money from the brands you love

Simple, affordable and transparent plans

Get peace of mind about your kid’s future and save up to $26,472* on fees compared to the traditional financial advisors

Regular

$3 per month

  • Easy account setup and management
  • Choice of five investment options, including age-based
  • Unlimited gifts from your friends and family
  • Extra cash earned from the brands you love via UNest Rewards
  • Easy-to-use savings calculator to estimate your savings goal

Family

$6 per month

  • Easy account setup and management
  • Choice of five investment options, including age-based
  • Unlimited gifts from your friends and family
  • Extra cash earned from the brands you love via UNest Rewards
  • Easy-to-use savings calculator to estimate your savings goal
  • Up to 5 children
 

Security Is Our Priority

Bank-Level Security

UNest uses bank-level security to keep your sensitive financial data safe. We use the strongest browser encryption (256 bit) and secure servers monitored 24/7.

Financial Advisor

UNest is a registered investment advisor (RIA) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Privacy

Your information is secure and confidential and only used for the purpose of creating an account. We implement identity verification services to protect your personal information.

Ksenia Yudina, CFA, MBA

Founder and CEO

Ksenia is the Founder and CEO of U-Nest, the first mobile app that makes it easy for families to save for college. As an entrepreneur and finance professional, Ksenia has focused on alleviating the impact of student debt on families across the economic spectrum. Previously, Ksenia was a Vice President atCapital Group/American Funds, the largest 529 provider in the U.S. In this role, she played a leadership role in helping parents plan and manage their finances, with a focus on the future well-being of their children. Prior to Capital Group/American Funds, she was founder of a residential real estate company. Ksenia earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from CaliforniaState University Northridge, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Mike Van Kempen

Chief Operating Officer

Mike joined U-Nest in September 2019 as COO. He was previously at Acorns, a financial wellness platform, where he spearheaded the analytics and growth initiatives. Mike successfully expandedAcorns’ paid acquisition strategy, adding over 4.5 million investment accounts. Mike began his career in strategy & analytics at Belly, a Chicago-based loyalty startup in 2012. At Belly, Mike led projects that fueled growth across all aspects of the business, growing the customer base from1,000 to over 11,000 merchants, and accumulating a membership of over 2 million customers.Mike holds a B.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago.

Steve Buchanan

Chief Technology Officer

Steve has over 20 years of experience in delivering digital innovations in the financial sector. Steve previously orchestrated product architecture and innovation as a Solutions Architect/ Fintech consultant at Union Bank. Prior to Union Bank, he was Chief Architect and Director of Engineering at Calypso, a Silicon Valley startup, where he architected and built multiple financial solutions. He was also Head of Global Integrations at Globe One in Vietnam where he integrated its Peer-to-Peer lending products into core banking solutions. Steve also built the first ever electronic Equities &Equity Options trading systems for Scottish stock brokers Wood Mackenzie (acquired by CountyNatWest). He is a graduate of Edinburgh University.

Peter Mansfield

Chief Marketing Officer

Peter has built an impressive track record in multiple financial industry segments including payments, credit/prepaid cards and lending. He has played an instrumental role at a succession of financial industry leaders, co-founding companies such as Brand3 (acquired by American Express) and PropertyBridge (acquired by Moneygram), and, as the early stage marketing lead at Marqeta (where he was team member number two), BillFloat and WallabyFinancial (acquired by Bankrate).He has helped fast-growth companies reach an aggregate market value of close to $8 billion. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Angila, UK.

Sonya Kidman

Client Relationship Manager

Sonya Kidman is a Customer Success professional with a decade of experience in advocating for consumer through user research and genuine empathy. Sonya specializes in user behavior and regularly attends national and global training sessions in wellness and people analytics tools. Sonya is a true global citizen was born in Russia, grew up in Israel, lived and worked in Canada and NewZealand. That global expertise along with an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Tel AvivUniversity have helped to shape a bullet-prof Sonya's framework to develop a winning customer strategy.

Frank Mastrangelo

Board Member

One part banker and one part technologist, Frank spent his early days with the Annenberg Foundation and PNC Bank. His career path led him to Jefferson Bank, where he led the build-out of its electronic banking platforms, and where he would forge a powerful alliance with The Bancorp co-founder Betsy Z. Cohen. As President and COO of The Bancorp from its inception in 1999 Frank played a critical role in helping the organization become an industry bellwether for branchless financial services and a global leader in payments. For this, he has become a widely respected fintech expert, and thought-leader. Frank was recognized in 2013 by Banking Innovation, a leading industry journal, as an “Innovator to Watch.” and as one of the innovators shaping the future of banking. Frank is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Disclosure

College Savings Calculator is a hypothetical tool that demonstrates how monthly contributions, age-based asset rebalancing, and tax savings may impact the long-term value of your account, and do not take into account a portfolio’s underlying investment management fees. Calculations assume the private institution cost inflation is 2.8%, public out of state cost inflation is 3.9%, public in state cost inflation is 2.7%. Portfolio is assumed to have only stocks and bonds. Monthly equity returns are based on the historical data from the 10-year track record of the stock market (SPY). Monthly fixed income returns are based on the historical data from the 10-year track record of the bond market index (AGG). The current college expenses are provided by the collegeboard.org. Actual account performance may differ due to market fluctuations, changes in recurring investments, and asset allocation. The information provided here is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent actual or future performance of any investment option and is not intended to predict or project the investment performance of any security or index.