API stands for Application Programming Interface. In the banking world, APIs can be used by “third party” developers to access data stored by banks.
A good example would be where a third party developer, say a credit reference agency, could use APIs to access somebody’s credit history, allowing them to make a more informed judgment about whether the applicant constituted a credit risk.
But there are plenty of other ways that an API can be used. For example, an app developer could use an API to offer customers a real-time view of the money they are spending using a bank card, by requesting access to a users’ bank account and downloading the information.
Banks and wire transfer services charge too much in fees and offer the least favourable exchange rates
If you are a follower of the financial news media, you are probably aware that how people are sending money abroad is changing.
The most common ways to send money abroad at the turn of the decade would have been to either use a money transfer agency like Western Union or Ria, or to visit your high-street bank.
But what many people don’t realise is that because of the monopoly that the banks, and these two transfer agencies had on the market, they were able to charge unnecessarily high fees, as well as offering you a price that did not accurately reflect the current value of a currency.
There are all sorts of reasons for sending money abroad. But whether it’s for business purposes; 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.
R3’s fundraising largest ever for a blockchain / distributed ledger technology provider – yet people are talking about banks that didn’t invest.
The blockchain is what made Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) famous, but now imitation platforms and services are springing up everywhere
The latest major force is R3, an independent group developing innovative DLT for finance services, such as trading, or international money transfers. Read more
Ria Money Transfer offering Indian customers chance to win 100 grams of gold.
The country of India is the world’s largest market for receiving migrant remittances. It’s no surprise therefore, that Ria Money Transfer is making a concerted effort to increase market share in the region.
Ria will provide its new Gold Standard service using a network of 3 leading local agents. Weizmann Forex Limited, Paul Merchants Limited and Transcorp International Limited have all agreed to become partners. Read more
There may be all kinds of reasons why you might want to transfer money to Malaysia. You may be a Malaysian living overseas who wants to send their money back home to relatives. You may be a business paying a Malaysian supplier, or setting up an office there. Perhaps you want to pay for a holiday in advance, or pay ahead for some tuition. You may be buying a property there.
Well, we can’t find you a flat in downtown Kuala Lumpur, but we can help you on the currency side – by showing you how easy it can be to transfer money overseas. Read more
The Japanese government are set to make it easier for the country’s fintech startups to trial new services and technology. Their financial authorities are introducing a pro-innovation sandbox that will offer firms the opportunity to conduct regulator-free trials.
A government agency will review proposals from developers and startup fintech firms. If granted approval, the developers will be given a limited time to run experiments within the sandbox. Read more
The battle to be the best overseas money transfer service is hotting up.
Revolut, has announced that it is scrapping its 0.5% fee on all international money transfers under £5,000 pounds sterling.
The 2-year-old fintech startup has raised more than $15m from well-known London VCs such as Index Ventures and Balderton Capital. Read more
London based money transfer service WorldRemit will join forces with Moroccan financial services company Wafacash to allow customers to send remittances for collection at Wafacash’ 1,620 stores in Morocco.
There are more than 8 million Moroccans currently living overseas, and 7% of Morocco’s GDP is made up of remittance payments, according to the World Bank. Read more
Remember when all you would hear during the ad breaks for your favourite television programme would be “there’s an app for that”.
This was a few years ago now, when apps were brand new and the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung wanted you to learn all about these mysterious new widgets that could solve your everyday problems at a cinch. Read more
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and its Hong Kong equivalent, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have signed a co-operation agreement that will promote information sharing between the two regions, and introduce a referral system that will make it easier for approved, UK based fintech startups to set up operations in Hong Kong, and vice versa. Read more
Borderless bank accounts for sole-traders, SMEs and freelancers will reduce cost of sending money to different countries.
TransferWise have taken the ground-breaking, but entirely logical step of introducing “borderless” bank accounts for freelancers, businesses and sole traders who need to frequently conduct cross border trades and payments. Read more
Fintech giant is rapidly becoming a global force.
Ant Financial is the wholly owned subsidiary of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd; the fintech arm of the Chinese ecommerce giant that raised a staggering $4.5 billion in Series B funding back in April 2016, in a round led by the China Construction Bank, China Investment Corporation and China Development Industrial Bank. Read more
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
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
At a conference in Andorra, Transferwise achieved an unlikely coup, or, to put it another way, Santander, who ran the conference on behalf of senior executives of the firm, scored an embarrassing own goal. Read more
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
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?
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
Commentators from The Economist to Forbes have hailed the triumphant start of the fintech revolution. The financial industry is finally catching up with every other sector that’s ploughing its profits into digitalising its services. The result? A customer-centric industry that’s taking $4.7tn away from traditional banking.