If you’ve ever transferred money abroad either to a friend, family or for business you may have noticed the hefty transaction fees, and banks use anything but favourable exchange rates. By the time you conduct your transfer, not only do the banks add a basic fixed fee, but the poor exchange rate often can add another few % in the bank's favour.
Luckily there is TransferWise, an online money transfer service. TransferWise enables you to transfer money abroad for as much as 8 times cheaper than you would with your bank. The technology used is based on peer-to-peer lending. If you want to transfer Dollars to Pounds, they will find someone who wants to make the transfer in the opposite direction.
The system matches the currency flows and bases the fx rates on the current mid-market exchange rates, and then pays you from a local account, so the money never crosses borders, meaning you avoid the ridiculous fees your bank gives you and you save a tonne of money in the process on said fees and by getting the real mid exchange rate.
To make a transfer is super-easy. Once your account is set up, and you have either linked your bank account directly to your transfer account or your debit card. Type in your recipient’s details and send the money. You will then receive a confirmation email when the money has been sent and one when it’s been paid to the recipient.
This is a perfect app for many different people if you’re a small business and you transfer a lot it is well worth it as you’ll save a tonne in the long-run and even for personal purposes you will instantly save. TransferWise will always be transparent about their fees, however, they vary but it’s usually a minimum fee of £2 for smaller transfers and then 0.5% for larger transfers, a fraction of what banks charge.
What's new in 4.20?
- You can download a PDF receipt for completed transfers
- If you preorder a TransferWise debit card, the app will let you know when it ships
- On the intro screen, some users will have the option of taking a survey which will help us improve our service
- If you're making a high-value transfer, the calculator will show our fee as a percentage of the amount you're sending
- Thanks again for using TransferWise. Here's to a beautiful relationship.