Review: OFX international money transfers – September 2019

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OFX provides competitive exchange rates and low 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.

AUD 250

Min. Transfer Amount

No limit

Max. Transfer Amount

1 - 2 days

Transfer Speed

Details

Product NameOFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
Min. Transfer AmountAUD 250
Max. Transfer AmountNo limit
Transfer MethodsOnline, Phone, Agent
Transfer OptionsRegular payments, One off payments, Market orders, Forward contracts
Transfer Speed
Minimum transfer time
1 - 2 days
Customer ServicePhone
Available CurrenciesAED, ARS, AUD, AZN, BGN, BHD, BND, BRL, CAD, CHF, CLP, CNY, CZK, DKK, EGP, EUR, FJD, GBP, HKD, HUF, IDR, ILS, INR, JPY, KRW, KWD, LKR, MAD, MGA, MXN, MYR, NOK, NZD, OMR, PEN, PGK, PHP, PKR, PLN, RUB, SAR, SBD, SCR, SEK, SGD, THB, TOP, TRY, TWD, TZS, USD, VEF, VND, VUV, WST, XOF, XPF, ZAR
Online Transfer FeeAUD 0
Phone Transfer FeeAUD 15
Exchange Rate UpdatesReal time

Pros

  • No online transfer fee only available for Finder customers
  • Discounted exchange rates available for Finder customers
  • Quick turnaround time

Cons

  • Minimum transfer amount: $250

OFX exchange rates and fees

Calculate how much your transfer with OFX could cost in our calculator below. OFX does charge a fee for certain transfers, as well as a margin on the exchange rate.

Rates last updated September 22nd, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
AUD 250
1 - 2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies. No fee if you transfer over AUD$10,000.
The ‘Rate’ and ‘Amount Received’ displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.

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Available currencies

OFX sends money to over 75 countries 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
  • AUD Australian dollar
  • GBP British Pound
  • PHP Philippine peso
  • EUR Euro
  • GBP British pound
  • 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?

Transfers from New Zealand to the United States are the fastest, often taking only one business day. Most other currencies will take a bit longer, averaging out at one to two business days.

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 8.9* out of 10, based on over 3,300 reviews.
*According to OFX and Trustpilot on 19 November 2018.

How does OFX make money?

OFX makes its money off both the transaction fee it charges for transfers under $10,000 and a 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.

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 New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the United States.

In a nutshell

Pros
  • No fees on larger transfers. You’ll be paying a $15 flat fee on transfers under $10,000, though.
  • 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.

Rates last updated September 22nd, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
XE Money Transfers
NZD 0
1 day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
Send money in more than 60 currencies. Fee-free international money transfers with a global brand.
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
NZD 1
Within an hour
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
SendFX International Money Transfers
SendFX International Money Transfers
NZD 250
1 day
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account
SendFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
AUD 250
1 - 2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies. No fee if you transfer over AUD$10,000.
TorFX International Money Transfers
AUD 2,000
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
Exclusive: WorldFirst International Money Transfers
NZD 2,000
2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee and discounted exchange rates for your first trade only.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in more than 130 currencies.
TransferWise International Money Transfers
NZD 1
1 - 2 days
Online
Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts.
CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
NZD 5
1 - 2 days
Online
CurrencyTransfer International Money Transfers
CurrencyTransfer International Money Transfers
NZD 10,000
1 - 2 days
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account, International Money Order
The ‘Rate’ and ‘Amount Received’ displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.

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