Bitcoin Just Surged Past The $2,000 Dollar Barrier

Earlier this year, bitcoin backers were celebrating because the crypto currency burst through the psychologically important $1,000 dollar mark. What must they be thinking now?

Bitcoin stormed past the $2,000 mark this week on news that the Japanese and Chinese governments are making plans for the long-term integration of digital currencies into their banking systems, and because of the significantly enhanced reputation of digital currencies as a whole. Read more

5 Steps You Can Take At Work Or At Home To Avoid Being Hacked

1. Beware Phishing Scams – Don’t Open Attachments Without Thoroughly Vetting The Sender;

Phishing scams; emails that purport to be from a known and trusted source but are actually sent by hackers trying to persuade you to open an attachment, are commonplace today.

Email is a favoured means of attack for hackers because it is so universal, and we tend to open emails and attachments without thinking twice. In the past year, phishing scams have sent highly convincing fake Apple iTunes purchase statements and HMRC notifications, and then there are emails from friends’ accounts which have been hacked, inviting you to open attachments which contain viruses. Read more

The Shadow Bankers, WannaCry & SWIFT; Could Hackers Upset The Money Transfer Market?

Last week, as we all know by now, the world was rocked by one of the largest ‘hacks’ in history. Known as WannaCry, the ransomware was released by a hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers.

The hack came to the world’s attention when up to 36 hospitals in the UK were locked out of their computer systems, with a ransom demanded – to be paid in bitcoins – or, the virus warned, the data, which included patient records, would be wiped altogether. Read more

Samsung Pay Is (Finally) Available In The UK

It may have been a long time coming, given that Apple Pay has been available for more than two years, and Android Pay for more than 1 year, but Samsung Pay has finally arrived in the UK.

Samsung have been experimenting with different ways to convince its users that it is more than just a mobile device provider, in order to generate additional revenue streams, and Samsung Pay could be the solution. Read more

Sending Money Abroad – Top 5 Things To Check Before You Click Send

There are all sorts of reasons to send money overseas, but whether it’s for business reasons; paying the wages of an overseas employee, for example; personal, buying a property or sending money to a new country before relocating there; or family, paying for a son’s or daughter’s education perhaps; the same rules apply when searching for the right service.

Let’s take a look at the 5 things to look out for before making a transfer. It pays, literally, to plan in advance, take your time, and consider all the options available to you. You might be surprised how many there are. Read more

Infographic – The Money Cloud Recommends The Best Money Transfer Apps

If you are still using Western Union, Ria or your Bank to send money abroad, where have you been for the last decade! Times have changed, and tech disruption has made the process of sending money overseas a far more straightforward, efficient, and cheaper process, with the added bonus that you can shop around for the best rates and services.

In that spirit, we present 8 of our favourite money transfer apps, which you can download and use on the go with a smartphone, or at your leisure, saving yourself money in the process. Each one has different features to consider, but we’re sure that somewhere in this list you will find the one that’s right for you.

To compare rates from FCA authorised brokers as well as some of the best-regarded money transfer agencies like TransferWise or Azimo, why not try our money transfer comparison engine?

How To Move Money Into and Out Of South Africa

Last week we looked at properties in the Gauteng region of South Africa, from the affordable to the fantasy home, in and around Johannesburg and within reach of reach of “Africa’s Square Mile”, Sandton.

It’s all well and good dreaming of a new life in South Africa (or vice versa – relocating from SA to the UK), but before you can do so there are many hoops you must jump through, one of the main ones being how to transfer money into or out of the country, safely, legitimately, and without giving away a sizeable chunk of it in unnecessary transfer fees. Read more

The Big 4 Fintech Challenger Banks Changing The Way We Think About Personal Finance

The “Big 4” Challenger Banks

London may not be the world’s biggest FinTech hub, but there is an argument that says it is the most disruptive, and especially within the retail banking space.

There are no fewer than 5 recognised “Challenger banks” in operation currently, 4 based in London, and one in Durham. All have attracted significant funding, target millennials with mobile apps, instant spending reports and clever features, yet all face different challenges and issues as they battle to uproot the “big 4” high street banks; Lloyds, HSBC, Barclays and Natwest. Let’s have a look at 5 of the so-called challengers – in no particular order. Read more

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Your Bank for Transferring Money Abroad

Here at The Money Cloud, we were shocked to see research carried out by the Bank of International Settlements, that 85% of retail transfers are made through banks globally. There are many reasons why you shouldn’t use you bank for transferring money abroad and in this post, we have put together what we think are the 5 top reasons you should stop using your bank for international money transfers in comparison to the services The Money Cloud promote; Read more

Can Government Intervention Maintain A Stable Currency?

Fluctuations in the foreign exchange market can have far-reaching economic repercussions – it’s no wonder, then, that some governments choose to intervene to manage their own currency’s value. This is less common in the US and UK, which keep to a market-driven approach, but is widespread in many parts of Asia and in the Eurozone. The devaluation of the Chinese renminbi is a recent example, with some observers seeing it as a long-term attempt to bolster the country’s exports. Read more

Introducing Selfie Pay: An Unusual Use For Self-portraits

It started as a niche interest of tech-loving teens but soon grew into a social phenomenon. By the end of 2013, the Oxford Dictionaries named selfie ‘word of the year’, which wasn’t surprising given over a million selfies are taken every day. Now, the selfie has grown up and is getting a job in finance. Here’s the breakdown on how your next self-portrait could lead to a legitimate money transfer.

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Thinking Of Investing In Emerging Markets? Here’s What You Should Know

One way to make the most of savings you’d like to grow is by tapping into new investment markets. This could mean looking abroad, in particular at countries that drive global growth. Today, emerging markets in developing nations are poised to do just this – become the world’s new growth engines. As with any financial investment, however, it’s important to measure and manage your risks. Here’s a breakdown on emerging markets and what investing in them means for you.

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