The Truth About Credit Cards! We Pay $163 Billion In Fees Every Year!

They may be marketed as convenient, flash, and “rewarding”, but in reality, the credit card trap is one you don’t want to fall into unless you can pay back everything you owe, every month, on time, and without bringing other accounts overdrawn. Which of us, hand on heart, can promise this, especially when there are temptations everywhere, from fashion to food, travel, gadgets, and a million and one subscription based services? Read more

Top 10 Reasons Why People Transfer Money Overseas

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

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

Overseas Hotel Investment & Management

According to a survey by Tranio.com, the second most popular foreign commercial property type in 2015, after flats, was hotels. However, the hotel business is complex. In addition to finding a suitable property, the most complicated issue an investor usually faces is managing this property. Tranio.com explains how hotel property management is executed, with the profit divided between the owner and the operator. In short, the owner can either manage the hotel independently or hire a management company.

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Why Tech Billionaires Are Buying Up Properties In New Zealand?

There is a growing trend amongst US tech billionaires that the rest of the world is increasingly taking note of.

It all began with the news that Peter Thiel, the billionaire Paypal founder and early Facebook investor has earned New Zealand citizenship, which has allowed him to purchase a $13,5 million dollar estate near Wanaka, a resort town on New Zealand’s South Island, through his holding company Second Star Limited. 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

25% Levy On Overseas Pension Transfers Has Tax Advisors Scrambling To Find Loopholes

When QROPS – that’s Qualified, Recognised, Overseas Pension Transfers to you and me, were first introduced in 2006, it proved to be an unexpectedly popular piece of legislation.

In the last, “last” Spring Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond acted swiftly and decisively to introduce a 25% charge on UK pensions being transferred overseas, which came into effect the very next day. Read more

The World Bank Releases Latest Guide To Remittances Prices Worldwide

Remittance Prices Worldwide (RPW), a subsidiary of the World Bank, has released its quarterly report on the costs of sending money across major remittance “corridors”.

Since September 2008, RPW has been monitoring the costs of international transfers, partly as a means to measure the progress of different regions towards global cost reduction objectives and targets, such as the G20 Commitment, which seeks to bring the average global cost of sending money abroad to less that 5% of the total sent. Read more

Payment Services Directive 2 Explained (& An Infographic!)

Call it bad timing, but no sooner had the European Union delivered the first Payment Service Directive (PSD), to provide a legal foundation for the introduction of SEPA, that’s the Single Euro Payments Area, which effectively created a single market for payments across the European Union, covering credit transfers, direct debits and cards, when the payments industry entered possibly its most “disruptive” period ever. Read more

Can I Really Manage My Finances From A Smartphone App?

This guide is brought to you by The Money Cloud, where you compare the best rates for sending money overseas offered by top authorised brokers and money transfer agencies.

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.

If we were initially sceptical, we certainly took to them in the end, but the trouble was, for every Tinder, Citymapper, or Uber, there were too many apps, rushed out by companies desperate not to miss out on the next big thing, or designed by Silicon Valley geek squads, that simply didn’t cut the mustard.

They were either too niche, too complex, too badly built, or simply released to act like Trojan horses, sneaking their way onto your phones and accessing your personal data to sell on to advertising companies.

It may have taken financial services institutions longer than most to come to the app party, but in fact, we should be thankful for that.

Banking and personal finance apps can now make a genuine difference to our lives, for the better. Here’s how. Read more

How To Move Money Out Of Russia

As of 2013, the Russian Government introduced fines to Russian nationals on any transaction where money was sent to overseas bank accounts. The fines could range from 75% – 100% of any transfer to a foreign account if the transfer did not go through a Russian bank account. Those most affected were people renting flats in foreign cities or those that received payments for freelance work from non-Russian firms. The thought process behind these fines, was that it would help the government in their quest to stop capital flight and fight corruption. Read more

Top 5 Luxury Holiday Destinations in 2017

It’s hump-day, and budget day, so perhaps it’s time for a welcome bit of escapism.

With the end of the first quarter of 2017 rapidly approaching, if you haven’t started planning where to spend your major holiday for this year, here are 5 luxury destinations you might want to consider.

It’s well worth downing tools for five minutes and indulging yourself, if only for the smile it will put on the faces of your children, wife, husband, partner, and you!

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How To Use The Money Cloud To Transfer Money To Malaysia

At some stage of our careers, we all dream about what it would be like to work from a different location. Could it really be possible to swap the grey skies of London for South East Asia, for example?

The answer, of course it is yes, it’s more than possible, and it’s a great way to broaden your horizons and learn all about a new culture, plus relocating abroad could also be a boon for your business or career, too!

If the opportunity does cross your path at the right time, a spell abroad could be a highly desirable move.

But there may be all kinds of other reasons why you might want to send money abroad 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. You may be paying for a holiday in advance. You may be paying for 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 is it can be to transfer money overseas.

Worked Example

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The Financial Services Compensation Scheme Explained

Back in August 2007, the UK experienced its first run on a bank in more than 140 years. TV crews rushed to film long queues of deposit holders outside branches of Northern Rock, at the time the 7th largest ranked bank in the UK in terms of assets, as fears grew that the bank and mortgage lender had run out of cash, and would allocate pay-outs to their customers on a first-come first-served based.

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) was designed precisely to ward off such an event, which could all too easily have a domino effect – sentiment is a very powerful force within the financial markets – and when people lose faith, big banks can topple in the face of hysterical demand, Mary Poppins style. Read more

Top 5 Tips When Buying Property In France

Many British people every year choose to buy a property in France because of the wonderfully relaxed lifestyle France offers. The French have a strong appreciation for the good things in life and many consider them to be among the most cultured people in the world. They have good food and good wine and a more laid back style of life than in the UK, but there are things you need to consider when buying property in France. Read more