From overseas weddings, to purchasing property abroad, to sending money to contacts or family members living in a different country, international money transfer is a reality that most of us will face at some point in our lives, and for many of us, it’s a regular occurrence.
So it’s a good idea to get to grips with the basics of sending money overseas. In today’s tech savvy world it is easier than ever to arrange an overseas money transfer, but finding the best deals can be a little trickier. Read more
Only the United States ($56.3 billion), Saudi Arabia ($36.9bn) and Russia ($32.6bn) sends more money abroad than Dubai’s total of $19 billion, according to the World Bank, so it is no surprise that money transfer firms are scrambling to grab a slice of the action there.
MoneyCorp have stolen a march on their competitors by announcing last week the acquisition of First Rate FX, for an undisclosed fee. First Rate FX have an office in Dubai, which will be rebranded under the MoneyCorp name, and First Rate will also relocate from their Canary Wharf headquarters in London to MoneyCorp HQ in Victoria. Read more
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The Deputy Governor of The National Bank of Pakistan, Jamil Ahmed has pleaded with banks to reduce charges related to remittance payments and overseas money transfers, to encourage more Pakistanis to use their services. Read more
India is the world’s largest receiver of remittance inflows; some $62.7 billion was sent in 2016-17 – more than the total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into the country.
Now, thanks to a partnership between mobile payments provider TerraPay and private sector lender Yes Bank, India’s diaspora will be able to make instant cross-border money transactions into the country.
It seems we may well be heading towards a world where, when sending money internationally, the only thing we need to concern ourselves with is the exchange rate – because transaction fees are rapidly being consigned to history.
Starting from today, Circle, a money transfer service and app that allows its users to ping money to one another using a mobile messaging service, is introducing fee-free person-to-person (P2P) money transfer services for users in the UK, Spain, and the US. Read more
Over the past few years, thanks to the rise of a number of disruptive Financial Technology, otherwise known as FinTech businesses, it has become far easier, and cheaper to send money overseas.
Until recently most of us would have used either a wire transfer agency, such as Western Union or Ria Money Transfer, or a high street bank to send money internationally, but there were 3 major drawbacks to this approach. Read more
Banks and wire transfer services charge too much in fees and offer the least favourable exchange rates
If you are a follower of the financial news media, you are probably aware that how people are sending money abroad is changing.
The most common ways to send money abroad at the turn of the decade would have been to either use a money transfer agency like Western Union or Ria, or to visit your high-street bank.
But what many people don’t realise is that because of the monopoly that the banks, and these two transfer agencies had on the market, they were able to charge unnecessarily high fees, as well as offering you a price that did not accurately reflect the current value of a currency.
Overseas money transfer between two countries to be made easier thanks to Seven Bank International Money Transfer App.
Mobile banking is growing in influence globally. A recent report from the World Bank suggests it is the cheapest way to transfer money overseas.
Last week, BDO Unibank, owned by retail and banking magnate Henry Sy, became the latest to launch a service. Read more
Ria Money Transfer offering Indian customers chance to win 100 grams of gold.
The country of India is the world’s largest market for receiving migrant remittances. It’s no surprise therefore, that Ria Money Transfer is making a concerted effort to increase market share in the region.
Ria will provide its new Gold Standard service using a network of 3 leading local agents. Weizmann Forex Limited, Paul Merchants Limited and Transcorp International Limited have all agreed to become partners. Read more
The battle to be the best overseas money transfer service is hotting up.
Revolut, has announced that it is scrapping its 0.5% fee on all international money transfers under £5,000 pounds sterling.
The 2-year-old fintech startup has raised more than $15m from well-known London VCs such as Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. Read more
London based money transfer service WorldRemit will join forces with Moroccan financial services company Wafacash to allow customers to send remittances for collection at Wafacash’ 1,620 stores in Morocco.
There are more than 8 million Moroccans currently living overseas, and 7% of Morocco’s GDP is made up of remittance payments, according to the World Bank. Read more
Remittance Prices Worldwide (RPW), a subsidiary of the World Bank, has released its quarterly report on the costs of sending money across major remittance “corridors”. Read more
Here at The Money Cloud, we were shocked to see research carried out by the Bank of International Settlements, that 85% of retail transfers are made through banks globally. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t use you bank for transferring money abroad and in this post, we have put together what we think are the 5 top reasons you should stop using your bank for international money transfers in comparison to the services The Money Cloud promote; Read more
As of 2013, the Russian Government introduced fines to Russian nationals on any transaction where money was sent to overseas bank accounts. The fines could range from 75% – 100% of any transfer to a foreign account if the transfer did not go through a Russian bank account. Those most affected were people renting flats in foreign cities or those that received payments for freelance work from non-Russian firms. The thought process behind these fines, was that it would help the government in their quest to stop capital flight and fight corruption. Read more
Given that foreign exchange trading tends to exceed $4 trillion in average traded value, every day, you would be right to think that choosing the right broker to make your overseas money transfer is not an easy decision to make.
Fortunately, The Money Cloud exists precisely to make the process as simple and hassle free as possible. Both of our co-founders Emmanuel and Huw spent years researching the process of sending money overseas, working alongside governments across different continents, and even setting up a site to help migrant workers send money back to their families. Read more
Azimo created an industry first when the London-based Fintech startup launched an in-app function that allows users to send money abroad using only the recipients mobile phone number. Read more
When did the humble infographic become the marketer’s weapon of choice?
Well, we can’t answer that but we do know that, joking aside, infographics are an extremely handy way to swot up on a subject and impress your peers, or in this case, make business or personal finance decisions with all the facts at your fingertips.
So, in that spirit, we present our comprehensive infographic, International Money Transfers Explained”, a definitive guide to your money transfer options. Read more
At a conference in Andorra, Transferwise achieved an unlikely coup, or, to put it another way, Santander, who ran the conference on behalf of senior executives of the firm, scored an embarrassing own goal. Read more
Last week we looked at properties in the Gauteng region of South Africa, from the affordable to the fantasy home, in and around Johannesburg and within reach of reach of “Africa’s Square Mile”, Sandton.
It’s all well and good dreaming of a new life in South Africa (or vice versa – relocating from SA to the UK), but before you can do so there are many hoops you must jump through, one of the main ones being how to transfer money into or out of the country, safely, legitimately, and without giving away a sizeable chunk of it in unnecessary transfer fees. Read more
If you are still using Western Union, Ria or your Bank to send money abroad, where have you been for the last decade! Times have changed, and tech disruption has made the process of sending money overseas a far more straightforward, efficient, and cheaper process, with the added bonus that you can shop around for the best rates and services.
In that spirit, we present 8 of our favourite money transfer apps, which you can download and use on the go with a smartphone, or at your leisure, saving yourself money in the process. Each one has different features to consider, but we’re sure that somewhere in this list you will find the one that’s right for you.
To compare rates from FCA authorised brokers as well as some of the best-regarded money transfer agencies like TransferWise or Azimo, why not try our money transfer comparison engine?