Sending money to French bank account from England

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Hi, I normally send money bank to bank (Barclays to Barclays) but have noticed that FairFX now send money abroad for no fees and a much better exchange rate. Anyone used this service recently? Any "cons"? Barclays charge £15 also, whereas FairFX is free. I have used their currency cards without any hitch, but am just unsure regarding giving them several thousand pounds upfront........... without any research.

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Hi, i use Foremost currency, their rates are excellent and they are very approachable and explain everything in easy to follow terms, plus no pushiness.

Ask to speak to Adam or email I wish I'd trusted my money to them sooner!

chris.sargent 1365682984

Hi, try

It's a fairly new company created by the founders of Paypal. Very good rates, easy to sign up and easy to do transfers too. By far the easiest and best rates I've tried so far.


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I send money to Barclays in France too, and found NatWest charges only £10 and their rates are slightly better than Barclays.

Readers of the supplements in the Sunday papers will remember a few years ago the scandal of the money transfer company that "went into liquidation" with around £300 millions of client money. To close a company, all you have to do is email Companies House in Cardiff, which just takes a few seconds.

For this reason, I'd prefer to trust a known brand that is regulated by the FSA, where you will be 100% confident your money will be there the other end, and you know the rate in advance. NatWest was saved with £20 billions of taxpayers' money (after its folly in buying ABNAmro), but there is no taxpayer bailout likely for some start-up.

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I use these guys and they are excellent

chris.sargent 1369126381

Hmm... I think describing them as 'some startup' is doing them a bit of an injustice. Firstly, they are FSA regulated. Secondly, they are backed by one of the biggest VC firms in Europe as well as by investment funds headed two of the founders of Paypal.

The way they actually work is really very clever too and means that the (in my opinion, ever-greedy and stingey) banks are kept out of the loop because the money actually never goes through the FX..

I suspect many regarded Paypal as 'not safe' in the early days... just like the same people did with internet banking... and credit cards.... and cheques....

But if you're happier and feel safer paying higher exchange rates and transfer fees to retail banks who then still need bail-outs to stay in business, then so-be-it. For me, I'd prefer to do business with brighter companies.

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Deposits in UK banks are covered by the FSA to £85,000.  This means if the bank folds, your deposit with them up to £85,000 is guaranteed. Clearly, if you want to be 100% safe, and if you need to send £170,000 to France, do it via two banks, eg. Barclays and NatWest.

A firm can apply to be FSA regulated, but that does not mean that if it folds, your money up to £85,000 will be reimbursed by the UK deposit guarantee scheme.

The relevant question to ask is, how much is the guarantee from the taxpayer if the firm decides to go into liquidation?  To be FSA regulated, many firms just need to fill a form to show that their staff are "fit and proper" to do business. There is no taxpayer guarantee. It is like travel agents who are ABTA regulated. If the travel agent folds, you've lost your money. You can't get your holiday cost reimbursed by the taxpayer.

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