Filipino workers in Hong Kong, of which there are more than 180,000, received a potential boost to their finances this week as Jack Ma, the billionaire co-founder of Alibaba, which counts fintech firms Ant Financial and Alipay as subsidiaries, made good on a promise he had made years ago to help his Filipino friends spend less on fees when sending money back home to friends and relatives. Read more
In a recent article in Finextra, Lakshmi Narayanan at Travelex discusses the contrasting approaches taken by the Pakistan and India governments to the problems inherent in their countries remittance industries.
India is the largest market for inbound remittance in the world, receiving more than $72bn of inbound money transfers from overseas, whilst Pakistan also has a large inbound remittance market worth around £19.3bn. Read more
Research published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways has revealed that international students in the UK are worth more than ten times more than the costs associated with supporting their studies; £68,000 per typical EU-based student, and £95,00 per non-EU student – a total of more than £22 billion overall. Read more
The Week In International Payments; Partnerships Galore, & Currencies Direct Tests Blockchain Solution
It’s been an eventful week in the world of international money transfer. Whilst Trump launches trade wars with Europe, China, Canada, and Mexico (to name a few), which is guaranteed to lead to tricky exchange rate calculations for many businesses (don’t forget to check the latest rates and save up to 80% on fees using The Money Cloud), there has plenty of activity in the consumer international payments market too.
Here’s how the big stories have broken down in the past week or so. Read more
Modern technology, and mobile tech especially, is making a multitude of lifestyle services easier to deal with; provided you are up to speed with the latest tap, swipe, scan and track technology, many things, including sending money overseas, can be done faster, easier, and cheaper using apps. Read more
There is nothing unremarkable about a shipment of soybeans from Argentina to Malaysia; nor is it surprising when a transaction of this nature is financed using a letter of credit, issued by one bank, on behalf of the buyer, to another. Read more
Although Europeans make up only 10% of the global population, the region is home to 20% of the world’s migrant workers; around 50 million people; who between them send over $110 billion per annum back home to families and loved ones, according to research from the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Read more
Reserve Bank of India To Tighten Up Regulation Of Liberalised Remittance Scheme That Allows Citizens To Transfer $250,000 Abroad Each Year
Last month Indian authorities decided to make it mandatory for banks participating in the Liberalised Remittance System, by the terms of which Indian residents can send up to $250,000 overseas every year, to produce daily reporting of all transactions made under the scheme. Read more
Despite initially indicating that it did not want to damage the autonomy of its overseas territories, the UK government now looks set to pass a bill that will force the likes of the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Gibraltar and the Cayman Islands to reveal and publish the names of the beneficial owners of the offshore companies registered there by 2020. Read more
In another sign that fintech firms are increasingly beginning to rival major banks for the provision of core mainstream personal finance services, money transfer startup TransferWise announced in April that it has been accepted to join Britain’s Faster Payments Scheme. Read more
The Spanish bank Santander has announced that it is launching an international money transfer service that will run using blockchain technology in an attempt to take on disruptive fintech startups such as TransferWise and Revolut, who have been eating into banks’ share of a market worth an estimated $600bn per annum. Read more
Last week we revealed that the remittance corridor between the United States and Mexico is the world’s biggest.
World bank data reveals that the US is the largest global sender of remittances, and Mexico the fourth largest receiver; but now let’s consider how to make international money transfers to and from the world’s biggest remittance receiving country: India. Read more
The market for international B2B money transfer is worth an estimated $150 trillion, and is set to grow to $218 trillion by 2022, fuelled by disruptive money transfer services, a new report says. Read more
The US Mexico money transfer corridor is, by many measures, the largest in the world. It catered for 13 million migrants, according to data released back in 2014, and data from the same period shows that the US is the largest sender of remittances globally, with Mexico the fourth largest receiver globally. Read more
It may seem astonishing, especially in a world increasingly viewed through a prism of facts, figures and stats, that the UK does not officially measure remittance flows or international money transfers into or out of the country.
But it is true: according to the University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory, which provides “impartial, independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK”, estimates concerning the amount of money that is transferred annually between Britain and the rest of the world vary from approximately £1.5bn, to over £16.5bn – a substantial difference, by any measure! Read more
Instarem, the Singapore headquartered money transfer operator that offers a unique zero-margin FX transfer policy, made waves at last week’s Money 20/20 Asia conference, held in Singapore. Read more
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