TransferWise Review

TransferWise money without borders

TransferWise is one of the most successful startups in online money transfers industry. Usually the origins of the company are described in the following way. An entrepreneur from Estonia, and first Skype employee, grew tired of having to pay massive fees to banks in order to transfer his money to Estonia from the UK. He came up with the absolutely brilliant idea of matching up remittance senders with receivers who were in the same country. This resulted in the launch of TransferWise, complete with an office sauna as well as employees who were committed to taking on those evil entities called banks who do not value consumers. Funding for the startup was received from leading investors including Ben Horowitz, Richard Branson and Peter Thiel. With a $1.18 billion valuation, it became the most expensive ever “unicorn.” Like any good story, and in an otherwise mundane PR collection, TransferWise is truly a standout. This one definitely has all of the major elements: helpless suffering victims, old conniving despots, and a handsome savoir with plenty of clever tricks up his sleeve. Their gained amazing 9.5 of 10 rating on TrustPilot , dozens of bloggers with their TransferWise review posts and tons of positive social signals Read More …

CurrencyFair Review

CurrencyFair was established in 2010. They offer a money transfer and conversion methods that you may do face-to-face, online or over the telephone. They have offices in Australia, the UK and Ireland, and despite the fact that they transfer money all over the world, they only accept customers from EEA countries or Australia. Their fees include a flat rate of three Euros, followed by whatever further transaction fees apply. The fees and their special P2P marketplace are explained later, suffice it to say that getting a clear view of how much you will receive back is tricky. Overall, CurrencyFair is an interesting and arguably, revolutionary money transfer / currency exchange platform. Let’s review the main features of this paymeny provider. Available countries The main issue I have with CurrencyFair is that’s it’s still a small player and not yet the global force that it should be. That is not to say that the company is poorly established, it is just that it has undertaken very conservative growth strategies that has left it behind other transfer and conversion companies. However, in defense of CurrencyFair, they have fewer complaints online than most other transfer companies do, so perhaps they are only expanding at a Read More …