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The Biggest Non-Bank Holiday Money Exchange Companies

As summer fast approaches we take a look at the UK’s most popular companies for performing holiday money exchange. Whilst the rise of ultra-competitive FinTech companies such as Fair FX and Revolute begins to cloud the marketplace, the thick end of the sector is still dominated by brands that have a long-standing history rather than an FX focus. Post Office…

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Leading Prepaid Currency Cards Explained

In recent years with the emergence of the FinTech sector, a number of companies have revolutionised the prepaid currency card market. Just half a decade ago cards were typically only provided by the main players in the international payments sector and were normally clunky to load, applied much heavier margins and had limited coverage, especially in areas slightly off the…

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Need Canadian Dollars? Everything You Need to Know about What Will Affect the CAD Rate

7 currencies account for over 80% of the volume of the forex market, and the Canadian dollar (known as the "Loonie" because of the appearance of a loon on the back of the C$1 coin as slang) is one of these major currencies, and is the fifth-most held currency as a reserve. The Canadian dollar's currency (CAD) ranks 10th in…

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Need to Make a Major Transfer of Money Abroad? These Factors Will Affect the Rate

If you are buying that house abroad - chalet in France maybe? Beach house in Spain possibly? Typically, currency exchange is left until last. By then, the rates have moved against you and that £200,000 pounds will only get you 280,000 euros, not 300,000 euros and soon enough the sale and with it, the dream falls through. Understanding what affects…

Exchange Rate Fluctuations

What Makes Exchange Rates Fluctuate?

Foreign exchange pricing between currency pairs fluctuates daily and is driven by a number of factors including, market sentiment, economic data releases, interest rates and political stability. All of these factors ensure the market remains active and therefore exchange rates and pricing change by the second. Monetary policy – interest rates and QE Many central banks actively lower or raise…

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Foreign Exchange Regulation

Global regulators are put in place to govern and overseas the business conducted by FX traders and financial companies facilitating and brokering speculative and transactional business on behalf of third parties. FX regulation is normally governed at local level but in many cases if a company is regulated in the UK they typically have the ability to trade in other…