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The best way to transfer money abroad is to choose the optimum method for your circumstances, access the most favorable exchange rates, and avoid hidden fees. Those choices must be balanced against convenience, speed, and security compliance.
Banks and wire transfer/money operators have been the traditional methods of sending money overseas with customers due to convenience. That convenience comes with additional cost, however. Another less pricey alternative, which is challenging the traditional methods, is through specialized foreign exchange third-party providers.
So, when transferring money to a foreign bank account, consider the following alternatives:
Banks are the logical choice for most people when sending money overseas. Although an easy and secure option, a bank transfer is not always the most cost-effective or convenient method for companies doing business overseas for the following reasons:
MoneyGram and Western Union are famous for their ability to send money anywhere. They bypass banks and can reach recipients who need cash quickly, often in remote areas. Senders can transfer money online, by telephone, or at a store and get the money to its destination quickly.
The speed and convenience come at a cost of up to 5 percent or more of the transfer amount, often with minimum transaction fees. You might be able to get an online deal or view an FX conversion calculator on the wire service’s website, but don’t count on advantageous (or mid-market) FX exchange rates.
An online foreign exchange and global payments platform can provide a full-service, low-cost method for transferring and receiving funds overseas. This service combines the financial expertise of a bank with the speed and convenience of a wire transfer service.
Additionally, a third-party overseas payment platform offers these advantages:
An experienced third-party payment provider has already completed overseas negotiations and banking arrangements for its customers. The customer sets up an online account, deposits funds, and accesses a single source for multi-currency dealings. Fees are typically lower, and FX exchange rates are transparent and competitive.
Managing exposure to FX currency fluctuations is an additional level of due diligence any business owner needs to practice. Your cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. You need to protect your business from unfavorable shifts in FX exchange. Third-party platforms do that through FX risk management, or hedging, tools. The most popular are forward contracts and market orders:
A residual benefit of joining an online payment platform is that it plugs its clients into a network of money management experts. Third-party service providers employ currency specialists, who follow the volatile FX market and keep clients updated with the latest news, insights, and strategies.
Choosing the best way to transfer money abroad is a matter of considering the pros and cons of your alternatives:
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