Personal finance firm NerdWallet valued at $ 1.5 billion for strong market debut


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November 4 (Reuters)NerdWallet Inc NRDS.O shares rose nearly 31% when they debuted on the stock market, valuing the company at around $ 1.5 billion, as the company joined a group of companies that went public to tap the appetite high investors for technology stocks.

Shares of San Francisco, Calif.-Based NerdWallet opened at $ 23.5. It sold 7.25 million shares at $ 18 apiece, the midpoint of the price range announced earlier, raising $ 130.5 million.

NerdWallet, co-founded in 2009 by former hedge fund executive Tim Chen and former JP Morgan trader Jake Gibson, provides financial advice to users on credit cards, loans, mortgages and other financial products.

Chen was inspired to start a business that made everyday financial decisions easier, when he couldn’t find an answer on the internet to his sister’s question about the most suitable credit card for an expat living in Australia.

A flurry of fintech companies have made their debut this year, including buy-it-now and pay-out company Affirm Holdings Inc. AFRM.O, online brokerage Robinhood Markets Inc HOOD.O and cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc COIN.O.

Morgan Stanley, BofA Securities, KeyBanc Capital Markets, Barclays and Citigroup are among the bookrunners associated with the NerdWallet offer.

(Reporting by Manya Saini in Bangalore; Editing by Shailesh Kuber)

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