How to Protect Your International Money Transfers from Currency Volatility

Living an international life doesn't have to be expensive. Five ways you can optimize your currency exchange rates.

Xe Corporate Europe

December 17, 20184 min read

There are lots of reasons why people may send money around the world. For example, you might be:

  • Paying tuition fees to study abroad

  • Making payment for a vacation property

  • Purchasing a vintage sports car or custom motorcycle

  • Paying for a surgical procedure

  • Making overseas investments

  • Organizing a tropical destination wedding

You might think the only option for you is to visit your bank and ask them to send the money for you. But services such as XE offer specialized products and services for different scenarios, which could help to save you time and money or offer greater peace of mind.

1. Rate Alerts

If you have a flexible timescale for when you make the transfer, such as expats living abroad who frequently send money to family at home, rate alerts can help you to spot a favorable rate. Instead of constantly checking the Currency Converter during turbulent times, you can define the mid-market rate which suits your budget best.

When the rate you're looking for becomes available, XE will send you an automated email to let you know.

How to Set a Rate Alert on the Currency Converter application

2.  Spot Orders

Need to make a transfer, or multiple transfers, right away but concerned the exchange rate might change against you before you complete your transaction? When you book an international money transfer with XE, the exchange rate you are offered is linked to the live foreign exchange markets and we make it clear what rate we are offering you. When the markets are open, the exchange rate you are offered will often fluctuate right up until the moment you confirm your transaction. Once you book the transfer, the exchange rate is secured, and we will complete the transfer once we have received payment from you.

3. Market Orders

Want to make a large transfer, but aren't pressed for a specific transfer day or time? Market orders allow you to select your preferred exchange rate and, once the rate you have selected becomes available, your transfer will be completed automatically. You can update or cancel market orders online at any time until the order is fulfilled.

4. Forward Contracts

Forward contracts can be useful if you know you are going to have a large transfer requirement in future, such as a property purchase, but you don't want to make the transfer straight away. You can secure the current exchange rate for up to 12 months with a small up-front deposit. This means you know exactly how much money you have in future, and you don't need to worry about currency fluctuations.

You can book a forward contract by calling your local XE office.

5. Currency Market Analysis

Interested in world news, and how it impacts currency valuations? Subscribe to the XE Currency Market Analysis and Currency Update e-mail newsletter services. This could help you to understand the forces that move the currency markets and be aware of periods of potential volatility that might impact your money transfer requirements.

Ready to get started?

Register for an XE Money Transfer account today to see if you could save time and money on your international money transfers.

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