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Review: OFX international money transfers – September 2020

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Australia's OFX provides competitive exchange rates and no fees when you send money abroad.

  • Good for large transfers, and it has products specifically designed for personal or business use.
  • Not so great if you need to pay with card or cash, or if your recipient doesn’t have a bank account.

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OFX exchange rates and fees

Exchange rates change by the minute, so the exchange rate reflected on OFX’s website and when you actually make your transfer may be different than what you see here.

Available currencies

OFX sends money to over 50 currencies around the world. You can check out a full list of the currencies you can send with OFX here, but some of the more popular ones include:

  • CNY Chinese Yuan
  • VND Vietnamese Dong
  • GBP British Pound
  • PHP Philippine peso
  • EUR Euro
  • LKR Sri Lankan Rupee
  • THB Thai Baht
  • KRW South Korean Won

What types of transfers can I make with OFX?

OFX only supports bank to bank transfers, so you won’t be able to transfer to your recipient’s mobile wallet or a cash pick-up location. OFX also offers other forex tools and services to help you make your transfer, including:

  • Limit orders. Request a transfer that’s executed only when your desired exchange rate becomes available, at which point OFX will lock it in.
  • Forward contracts. With this tool, you lock in a favourable exchange rate now for a future transfer, avoiding unpredictable movements in the rate.
  • Recurring transfers. Avoid entering the details of your weekly, monthly or quarterly transfers by automating regular payments.
  • Business transfers. OFX helps businesses with a way to pay overseas vendors or suppliers.

How long does a transfer with OFX take?

Most currencies average out at one to two business days. Transfers from OFX’s home country of Australia to the US are the fastest, often taking only one business day.

What payment methods does OFX accept?

OFX only accepts payment through a bank transfer. This means you won’t be able to pay with cash, card, cheque or bank draft.

Transfers typically takeClock icon for transfer speed

1 - 2 days

Is OFX safe to use?

  • Security and regulation: Government regulated, phone verification for new accounts, fraud detection.
  • Established: 1998
  • Reviews: Trustpilot gives OFX a score of 8.7* out of 10, based on over 3,500 reviews.
*According to OFX and Trustpilot on 23 May 2019.

How does OFX make money?

OFX makes its money off the margin on the exchange rate.

The margin is what a money transfer provider adds to the exchange rate to cover its own fees. You can see how much this is by checking the exchange rate you’re quoted against what the market rate is on XE or Google.

There is no transfer fee for OFX transfers. You may need to pay a fee with a third-party bank, but none of that money goes to OFX.

How to register an account

How do I make an international money transfer with OFX?

  1. Log in to your OFX account.
  2. Use the calculator on your dashboard to calculate how much you want to send and to which currency.
  3. Click “transfer now”.
  4. Create your new recipient. You’ll need their bank account details and address.
  5. Select a reason for your transfer.
  6. Review and confirm your transfer.
  7. Transfer your funds to OFX.
  8. OFX will transfer your money once it’s received and you’ll get confirmation that it has arrived.

What is OFX?

Launched in 1998 in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, OFX has grown from an information-only website to a provider with 24/7 global market access. OFX used to operate under several country-specific names – like OzForex, UKForex, USForex – but consolidated under the OFX name in 2015.

As well as Sydney, OFX has offices in Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

In a nutshell

Pros
  • No fees. You’ll pay zero fees for your transfers.
  • Flexible options. From placing forward contracts to scheduling regular transfers, there’s a range of options to suit your needs.
  • No maximum limit. This makes it good for larger transfers.
  • Options for business use and online sellers.
Cons
  • Only bank account transfers. You’ll need to look elsewhere if you’re after cash transfers or paying by card.
  • No cash pick-up. Your recipient will have to have a bank account to receive the money.
  • Must have an account to get a quote. You’ll need to register to see what rates OFX is offering.

How does OFX compare to other providers?

OFX is just one among many money transfer companies. Use our calculator below to see how OFX stacks up against the competition.

Name Product Minimum Transfer Transfer Time Transfer Fee
Azimo - Ireland
GBP 10
Instant
Varies
TransferWise - Ireland
EUR 1
1-2 days
Varies
Remitly - Ireland
EUR 0
1-5 days
EUR 2.99
Skrill - Ireland
EUR 50
1 day
None
XE Money Transfers - Ireland
EUR 1
Same day
EUR 0
WorldRemit - Ireland
EUR 1
Same day
Varies
CurrencyFair - Ireland
EUR 5
1-2 days
Varies
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