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Compared to services like Western Union and MoneyGram, you can save on fees and get a better exchange rate with an online transfer company — though you may have to wait a day for your funds to arrive.
Use our interactive table to compare transfer fees, exchange rates, sending limits and more for sending funds overseas with our money transfer partners.
With so many specialised money transfer companies to choose from, it’s no surprise that you have options when it comes to how your recipient receives your funds.
How you send your money and how it’s received will ultimately affect delivery speed and how much you’re paying in fees. In general, your options include the following:
Although the process differs by company, to send money overseas, you’ll generally:
You may also receive an email or text when your beneficiary has received your funds and the transaction is completed.
Fees vary widely depending on the provider you’re transferring with. Overall, providers make money on your transfer in two ways: by marking up the exchange rate and by charging you a transfer fee.
Banks and other services are likely to add a little to the exchange rate, “padding the rate” to increase their profits. While a few cents may not sound like a lot on its own, when you multiply it by the $2,000 you plan on sending overseas, it can add up to a big difference in the amount ultimately received.
Specialised money transfer services typically offer rates that are closer to the mid-market rate.
Let’s say you need to send $1,000 to family in Thailand. Here’s what you might face as far as fees and exchange rates as of 27 August 2020.
|Digital money transfer service||Cash transfer||Bank transfer|
|Fee||$8.54||$3||$25 + additional correspondent bank fees|
|Exchange rate||1 SGD = 22.89 THB||1 SGD = 22.47 THB||1 SGD = 22.65 THB|
|Transfer speed||1-2 day||Within an hour||2-5 days|
|Amount received||THB 22,694||THB 22,402||THB 22,083|
Skipping the bank will get more than THB 611 to your recipient due to the bank’s transfer fees.
Transfer fees can range from a few dollars to up to $80 or more, with some providers taking even more as a percentage on your total amount.
Depending on the provider, your transaction fee could be:
Be wary of other fees that could apply. For example, a provider could charge your recipient a fee to cash a bank check or pick up cash in person.
There’s a lot riding on a competitive exchange rate and low fee. But depending on how much you’re sending, how soon your recipient needs it and rates at the time of transfer, you could save even more with the following tools.
Although it can be tempting to go with convenience over price, avoiding banks can save you both time and money when sending money internationally. Always pay attention to fees, and more importantly always pay attention to poor exchange rates that can quickly eat into your transfer.
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