Atlantic Money

Atlantic Money transfers review

New app Atlantic Money aims to make international transfers easier and cheaper.... £3 to be exact. So what's the catch?

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Atlantic Money aims to disrupt the disruptors (e.g. Revolut and Wise, who themselves disrupted the high-street banks a few years back). It’s doing this by offering international money transfers at interbank exchange rates (most services offer an inferior exchange rate and pocket the difference – making it hard to know what your transfer’s actually costing), and charging a single flat fee of £3. On anything other than very small (like under £100 small) transfers, that’s ridiculously good. So what’s the catch? The catch(es) are really just some of the limitations: it’s app-only but there’s no Android app, the range of supported currencies is fairly limited for now and you can’t set rate triggers or limits. But if you can work with that, you’ll struggle to find a cheaper service.

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Atlantic Money pros and cons

Pros

  • Transparent fee structure. Atlantic Money has one of the most transparent fee structures around, with no mark-up on exchange rates.
  • Low fee. Depending on the amount you’re sending, that simple low fee will be hard to beat.
  • Easy to use app. Atlantic Money’s app is about as slick as they come. You can be up and running within just a couple of minutes.

Cons

  • No Android app yet. There is no sign of an Android app yet (exploding head emoji).
  • Transfer speed. “Standard Delivery” will take at least 2 business days, while faster transfers cost extra.
  • App-based. Atlantic Money is all app-based and self-service. While it’s certainly a slick app, those transferring large sums may prefer an account handler to guide them through the process.
  • Limited currencies. Atlantic has launched with a relatively small selection of currencies.
  • No FX tools. You can’t set rate targets yet, or “lock-in” exchange rates (useful features for large transfers).

Bear in mind that you’ll start with a relatively low sending limit (typically £2,500-£5,000). The more you want to send, the more security hoops you’ll need to jump through.

This is part of the “know your customer” (KYC) requirements that all transfer services must adhere to. And all credit to Atlantic Money, it runs these checks before taking your money (Wise has come under criticism for doing this the other way around).

How much are Atlantic Money’s transfer fees?

£3, and that’s it. There’s no mark-up on the exchange rate. That’s exceptional, so let’s hope it’s actually a viable business!

Please note that it’s possible your recipient’s bank may charge a fee when receiving the funds.

What are Atlantic Money’s exchange rates?

Atlantic Money uses the “interbank” exchange rates, which is generally as good as it gets. There’s no mark-up or “margin” involved, just that flat £3 fee.

What are the ways I can send money abroad with Atlantic Money?

All of Atlantic Money’s transfers are done by bank transfer. This unfortunately means if you are looking to send cash or money straight to mobile, you will be better off checking out some of the bigger money transfer specialists.

How do I make an international transfer with Atlantic Money?

Atlantic Money transers app screenshot showing how to create a new recipient

  1. Get the app. All transfers must be via the app (there’s no web portal as yet).
  2. Confirm your ID You can get up and running simply by giving your name, date of birth, address and entering the code Atlantic Money texts you. But to send larger sums (over £5,000) you’ll need to upload photo ID. For really large transfers (tens of thousands) you’ll need to provide a bit more information, for example bank statements and the purpose of the transfer. This comes down to Atlantic Money doing its due diligence to check you’re not up to anything you shouldn’t be!
  3. Get a real-time quote Check you’re happy with the amount your recipient will receive.
  4. Add a recipient. As a minimum, you’ll need their IBAN (the number that identifies their account), name and address.
  5. Pay for the transfer Payments are powered by Open Banking, which means you can simply select your bank from a list and initiate a payment to your Atlantic Money account from their app. Alternatively, you can pay by manual bank transfer by scrolling to the bottom of the list of banks and selecting that option.
  6. Push the button That’s it – now you can sit back and track your transfer.

How long does an international transfer with Atlantic Money take?

Short answer: 2-4 business days. “Standard Delivery” takes 2 business days to convert the currency and then up to 2 additional business days to deliver the currency, depending on the destination. That delivery time is instant for Euros, 2 days for Australian dollars and 1 day for Canadian dollars, US dollars and most other supported currencies.

You can sometimes (depending on demand and timing) get the option to choose “Express Delivery” for a faster transfer at an extra, varying cost.

Is Atlantic Money safe?

Atlantic Money is authorised and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), as a payment institution with reference number 947491. If a transfer service is not authorised by the FCA, it’s best avoided.

While your funds are held by Atlantic Money they are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) which can compensate customers in the event that a financial institution goes bust. This is not unusual.

Atlantic Money was founded in London in 2021 by Patrick Kavanagh and Neeraj Baid – themselves ex-pats from across the pond.

The verdict: Are Atlantic Money international transfers any good?

Put simply, yes. If you’re transferring £100 abroad, then Atlantic Money’s £3 flat fee might not be that exciting. For larger sums, though, it’s hard to beat. In fact the only way you’re likely to beat it is by using rate triggers (these allow you to trigger a transfer when a rate hit’s a target of your choosing) or with locked-in rates (where a transfer service honours a rate quoted earlier, even though the interbank rate has since worsened). If you’re transferring several thousand pounds and want to tap into those sorts of features, you might be better off with a broker like TorFX, where an account handler can help you through the process.

But for self-service, everything-in-the-app transfers, these prices are market-leading. We’d like to see Atlantic add more features to the app in due course – firstly an Android version, then support for more currencies, then rate triggers. But all-in-all this is a seriously impressive debut!

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