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
With promises of warmer weather, fantastic opportunities, and exciting cultures to explore, it’s no wonder that more than 300,000 people in the UK opt to emigrate to other countries each year. Australia and Canada are two of the top choices for Brits, especially those moving for work purposes, so what are some the best ways to ensure your move goes as smoothly and as enjoyably as possible? Read more
There is much to be said for living life as an ex-pat – the sense of freedom it can give a young person or couple seeking adventure in their early twenties, the opportunity to learn a new language and explore a new culture, and a more (or less, depending upon your point of view) forgiving climate.
But when it is time to start raising a family, many ex-pats choose to return to the UK. It makes sense for several reasons; to be closer to family, to educate children in the same system as their parents, to obtain a British passport.
That said, there are some equally compelling reasons to remain abroad. Let’s look at the pros and cons of 5 of the most tempting places to live as a family abroad. Read more
88% percent of banks globally are becoming increasingly concerned about losing business revenues to Fintech challenger firms, whilst 82% would like to partner more with them over the next three to five years, reveals a new report, Global Fintech Report 2017, released by PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Read more
Donald Trump’s blanket ban on Somalian citizens travelling to the US has made it harder for the 250,000 Somalis based in America to send money back home, reports Mareeg.com. Read more
An international money transfer is a service that allows you to send money overseas for whatever reason; this can be carried out using your normal retail bank account, international money transfer operators (such as Western Union), FX brokers and peer-to-peer companies. Here at The Money Cloud, we can help you transfer your money internationally, but what are the most common reasons where you would need to use an international money transfer service? Read more
Chinese companies have raised $52.6 billion US dollars via bond issues in the first quarter of 2017 – a 72% increase from the previous quarter, and five times more than Q1 2016, according to Dealogic data, Netral News reports. Read more
Goldman Sachs have announced this week that they will begin to move some staff from London to mainland Europe as part of its “contingency plans” to help prepare the investment bank for life after Brexit.
When a major institution like Goldman’s makes such a move, it is hardly surprising, in the current climate that the markets will pay close attention to the reasons behind it. Read more