If you live abroad or travel frequently you probably know that sending money back home or overseas can be problematic. It’s not only time you spend to go to a money transfers office (like Western Union) but high fees and a currency exchange rate that is usually not great. You can try asking your bank to make an international transfer for you, but in most cases, this will be the slowest and the most expensive option. Fortunately, there are more options available at a cheaper price, faster and still absolutely safe to use. I leave abroad and deal with international transfers every time I send my salary for my British pounds account in NatWest to my Spanish bank account in euros. TransferWise works great for me for many years and it is definitely worth trying for your next international money transfer.
I have a post that explains how does TransferWise work in details and here I will just highlight the key features of services they provide:
- Really low fees that are transparent and easy to understand.
- TransferWise uses real mid-market currency exchage rates without any added margin. They also warranty the exchange rate for your transfer for most of the destinations.
- Transfers are fast. Can be instant if you send money within the EU.
- You can get a personal bank account in various currencies for free. Completely online, quick and without any usual paperwork.
Sign up in minutes
Our days we deal with various online services daily: social networks, online stores, online banking and many more. Adding another one to your list may sound inconvenient, but guys at TransferWise made the registration process simple and quick. You can even signup with your existing Google or Facebook account so that you don’t have another password to remember. Once you get an account you can start sending money immediately. Or you can start simply by making your first transfer and the process will include all steps required to register your account. The key takeaway – you get your account ready for sending money immediately.
Step by step guide
Step 1: Enter the amount you want to send and the currency you are sending from and to. The exchange rate and total fees will be displayed instantly. You will also see:
- How much you will save comparing to a regular bank transfer
- The estimated delivery date and time
- If the exchange rate guaranteed for 24 or 48 hours. More on that a bit later.
- Option to compare TransferWise fees with other similar payment providers
Britain has chosen to exit the European Union causing UK fintech companies to rethink their choice of London as their European HQ. This change can see economic momentum shift to other international hubs such as the USA and Asia which can spell a financial drain on Europe. Cities such as Berlin and Frankfurt stand poised as alternative options to London. Azimo has already confirmed their new Headquarters will be set up in Dublin. TransferWise has also started vetting locations such as Berlin to establish their HQ.
While these companies show no interest in closing their doors in London they are set on establishing a plan B to ensure their passporting license remains intact and their consumer service remains uninterrupted. TransferWise has assured their members that measures are already in place to ensure boarderless accounts remain secure and accessible regardless of the outcome with Britain’s negotiations. Growth and expansion for them continue with a Belgium license soon to be acquired.
With the competition circling in all directions, Britain has a long and quite possibly painful fight on their hands if they expect to maintain their standing and reputation within Europe as a fintech capital.
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