How you can use peer-to-peer money transfer services to your advantage

Save money and enjoy fast processing times when you send money overseas using a peer-to-peer money transfer service.

Rates last updated November 22nd, 2017
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description
TorFX International Money Transfers
AUD 200
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
Forward contracts and order types available
Receive currency analysis by market professionals, free transfers and competitive exchange rates
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
AUD 250
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies.
Exclusive: WorldFirst International Money Transfers
AUD 2,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Forward contracts and spot contracts available
View live rates, graphs and economic commentary. eCommerce-tailored solutions.
FC Exchange International Money Transfers
AUD 3,000
1 day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
FC Exchange can save you money with its Best Exchange Rate Guarantee. Conditions apply.
No transfer fee when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent. Send money in 43 currencies.
HiFX International Money Transfers
AUD 50
2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
HiFX business services are designed to save you time and money.
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
AUD 1,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Hedge your foreign exchange risks by becoming a client.
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Optimized-How peer-to-peer international money transfers work Although international money transfers are traditionally conducted via banks, it’s now possible to take advantage of peer-to-peer banking services for money transfers. These services provide networks where people can share access to currencies without the need of a central server, allowing you to cut out the middle man. As a result, the money transfer process is simplified and you can save money. You can use the table below to compare peer-to-peer money transfer services based on fees, minimum transfer amounts and transfer speed. If you're interested in finding out more about a transfer service, click "More", or if you'd like to open an account, click "Go to Site".

How do peer-to-peer money transfers work?

The process of a peer-to-peer money transfer (also known as a P2P money transfer) is simple. First, you need to select how much money you wish to transfer and where you’re sending it. You can then upload your funds to your money transfer provider, which will then convert your money at the mid-market rate and match you with a person sending funds in the opposite direction. For example, if you’re sending money from Australia to the United States, you’ll be matched with someone sending funds from the United States to Australia. This allows customers to cut out the banks and enjoy better exchange rates and lower transaction fees.

Peer-to-peer vs bank

Lauren wants to send $1000 to her mother in the UK. In order to find the best possible money transfer deal, she compares the services offered by her Big Four bank with a peer-to-peer money transfer service like TransferWise or CurrencyFair. The results can be seen in the table below.

BankPeer-to-peer money transfer service
Amount transferred$1000$1000
Exchange rate£0.52£0.55
Fee charged$25$2
Amount received£507£548.90

As can be seen in the example above, if Lauren sends her funds using a peer-to-peer service, she will be sending an extra £41.90.

How do I compare peer-to-peer money transfer services?

You’ll need to take the following features into account when comparing peer-to-peer money transfer services.

  • Exchange rates. The exchange rate is a very important factor when determining how much money you can save, so look for the company that offers the best rates. However, keep an eye out for companies that suck you in with great rates, but then slug you with high fees.
  • Fees. Make sure you’re aware of all the fees attached to your transaction. Does the company charge a flat fee or is it a percentage based on the amount you’re transferring? Is the fee waived entirely if you transfer more than a certain amount?
  • Minimum and maximum transfer amounts. You’ll need to check how much a company will allow you to transfer since minimum limits might be too high for some and maximum limits may be too little for others.
  • Transfer methods. Compare whether you can only lodge your transfer online or whether there are phone and in-person options available as well.
  • Other extras. Compare whether providers allow you to lodge forward contracts, meaning you lock in an exchange rate for a transaction that will occur at a later date, or limit orders, which is where you lock in a minimum exchange rate and the transaction is not completed until the market fluctuates and your chosen rate is available.
  • Customer service. Is the company known for providing excellent customer assistance? Is there an online help centre and live chat available? Can you email or phone for support and what are the hours that each provider’s support centre is open?
  • What currencies are available? You’ll need to compare which currencies each provider offers and which destinations you can send money to.

What are the pros and cons of using a peer-to-peer money transfer service over a regular service?

Pros

  • Better rates. Peer-to-peer money transfer services usually offer better exchange rates than banks.
  • Lower fees. You’ll typically pay less to transfer money via one of these providers than you would through a bank.
  • Fast. Peer-to-peer money transfer services regularly offer faster processing times than banks, with transfers often able to be completed within one business day.

Cons

  • Supported currencies. While more supported currencies are added all the time, as peer-to-peer money transfer providers are relatively new, they do not yet offer the same number of exotic currencies and transfer destinations as major money transfer services.

Are there any risks?

When you’re making an international money transfer, it’s important to keep an eye out for exchange rates and fees. Poor exchange rates can eat up a big chunk of your money if you’re not careful, while hidden fees can be a nasty surprise if you don’t read the fine print before lodging a transfer. It’s also essential that you ensure you are dealing with a reputable company. Do your research before you commit yourself, so that you don’t end up the victim of a dishonest provider.

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Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers

Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
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    April 12, 2016

    I am going to Europe in February 2017 which is 9 months away and I want to buy euros when the AUD is at its highest. If this were to happen in 4 weeks time and I entered into a peer to peer transaction then,

    1. how and where do I collect my funds?
    2. is it possible to have a forward contract like this or not?

    If this sort of transaction requires a bank account then it would be possible to use a low cost forex company and park the funds. The real issue is that it is nigh well impossible to open a banking account in Europe unless you reside there. I have tried. Hence the interest in peer to peer transactions.

    If all else fails meeting the counterpart when one half or the other arrives overseas seems like an option, where a physical exchange of funds is possible.

    Getting rather messy!

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      HarryApril 13, 2016

      Hi Mick,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately you cannot use a peer-to-peer currency exchange service to pick up money in Europe unless you have a bank account there.

      Peer-to-peer international money transfer services like Transferwise and Currency Fair don’t offer limit orders as well, so it’s generally not possible to conduct these.

      Alternatively, you may want to consider bringing a debit card overseas for your travel. You can compare your options here.

      I hope this helps,

      Harry

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    NevilleDecember 12, 2015

    My recipient in Chiang Rai Thailand does not have a bank account, is there any other provider besides Western Union that will be able to facilitate a cash transfer?
    Thanks

    • Staff
      ShirleyDecember 14, 2015Staff

      Hi Neville,

      Thanks for your question.

      Moneygram and Worldremit also offer cash pick up options.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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    CyprienFebruary 10, 2015

    I am in Rwanda,I would like to use World Remit and i realise that rwanda is not eligible in your list.how to do?

    • Staff
      ShirleyFebruary 11, 2015Staff

      Hi Cyprien,

      Thanks for your question.

      There are number of organisations that may be able to assist: MTN Mobile Money Online, Ria Financial Services and I&M Bank.

      Your local bank may also be able to assist with this transaction.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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