Showing posts with label bank transfers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bank transfers. Show all posts

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Sending Money to People in Other Countries

These days there is an ever-increasing amount of people both going abroad for holidays as well as choosing a foreign country as a place to live or retire. 

This increase in the amount of people residing overseas has also meant that there has been a steady rise in the demand for international money transfers from banks and of course independent transfer companies.

In fact, these days most high street banks can transfer money to overseas accounts, as well as the independent money transfer companies that are now found in most town centres. For people that transfer money overseas on a regular basis there are other options and by visiting or other similar companies you can actually set up an account for dedicated international transfers. 

There are however, a few simple things to remember before you set off to the bank or transfer office to send money to your backpacking daughter or maybe even send funds as part of an overseas business investment. Below we will look at a few of these considerations, which will definitely save you time and possible even some money.

Your ID

Before you set off out to the bank or transfer office make sure that you have some proof of identity that you can present to the bank teller or transfer staff. These days all international transfers need proof of ID before they will send funds. This is due to international regulations regarding money laundering as well as the illegal funding of terrorist organisations. If you forget to bring your ID you will quickly find out that you have just made a wasted journey and will have to return home to retrieve it.

Pick your Day

A money transfer can take from 10 minutes to 7 days to reach its intended destination. Most banks however can generally get the money to the recipient in around three working days. So, if you are sending money to someone using a bank, remember that the beginning of the working week will always be advantageous. If someone finds themself in a situation where they are very desperate for cash, it is generally a good idea to pay the extra fees and use an instant transfer service.

The Exchange Rate Margin

If you are transferring larger sums of money overseas for maybe a business or an investment, it’s very wise to check the exchange rate margin. This is how much the service provider is actually taking from the currency exchange. If you are only sending a small amount the rate is not really so important but on larger transfers it can seriously add up. So, before you actually send your money make the calculations to make sure that you are not losing too much on the exchange rate.

Your Receipt

Remember to keep your receipt in a safe place, this will be your only proof of sending if for some reason the transfer does not go through cleanly. Keep the receipt until the person you have sent the money to confirms the transfer. It is just a precaution but if you are sending funds to some of the more remote areas in the world, still a good idea.


An IBAN or an international bank account number is something that you will need if you are sending money to another persons bank account outside of your own country. This number will be on the top of your bank statements next your sort code and will be clearly marked ‘IBAN #’. You will also need to know the IBAN number of the recipient’s bank account before the funds can be transferred.

About the Author:
Currency UK at is a money exchange business that is dedicated in helping clients move pounds in foreign currency across the globe. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Discover the Best Tips for Quick and Easy Money Transfers Abroad

In the modern day there are many different ways people can send money abroad. Obviously it is always good to have a lot of choice; however this can make things more confusing at the same time. A lot of people find it mind-boggling when it comes to deciphering what method of sending international payments is the best. Nevertheless, by the time you have finished reading this article all should be a lot clearer. 

Choose to transact face to face or complete your money transfer online

As mentioned earlier, there are many different ways you can send an international payment. Nevertheless, to narrow down your choices you should decide whether you prefer to transact face to face or complete your money transfer online . There are a lot of benefits to be had via using the internet, however, if you prefer to deal with a person then face to face options are available.

One of the main advantages associated with the internet is the fact that it is a lot more convenient. If you need to transfer money quickly then this is the best way to do so. You can make your money transfer from the comfort of your own home with only a few integral pieces of information – such as your personal information and bank details, as well as the recipient’s details.

Sometimes you may find that better exchange rates are offered online.

If you prefer to deal face to face then make sure that you shop around as exchange rates and fees can vary dramatically. Deal with businesses that you trust and have more than a few branches and most importantly check that the company you chose are registered with the Financial Conduct Authority.

A credible and secure money transfer company

When searching for the best online money transfer company you need to take a lot more into account than the points already mentioned. Finding a good deal is one thing, but you need to make sure that the website is genuine and that the company is credible. After all, the last thing you want is for your money to be lost altogether.

The best way to check the worth of the business is to make sure that they have a substantial level of experience, check how long they have been trading – most companies will say this somewhere on their website. If you have their FCA registration number you can check that they are registered on the website. 

Finding the best exchange rates for your money transfer

And last but not least, you obviously need to make sure that the company you opt for offers good exchange rates. After all, let’s say you are sending money abroad to pay a maintenance company for work they have done on your holiday home. They charge $500 for their service. It does not matter to them whether your exchange rate is good or not; $500 is what has been agreed. If you look for a good exchange rate you won’t lose too much money. However, if the exchange rate is poor then in reality you are going to end up paying a lot more than $500.

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