Spot Contracts for International Payments
What is a Spot rate?
Unlike forward currency exchange trades and regular currency trades, spot rates are a way to make a currency exchange on the day or within a few days at the current exchange rate. These currency trades are ideal if you need to make a quick payment overseas or at a particular time. A currency specialist can help you work out the best time to make your trade to make the most of the exchange rate.
Standard Spot trades – trade now, pay now – let you immediately agree an exchange rate to buy or sell currency for settlement (unless otherwise agreed) within two business days of the date you agree the trade.
How do Spot Contracts work?
Spot rates are useful if you need to make a large payment now or in the next few days. As a Halo customer, your personal Currency Consultant will help you to find a convenient time to trade, monitoring the live market rates (or “spot”) and looking at how this suits your specific needs and situation.
Why worry about currency exchange when buying an overseas property?
A European property priced at €250,000 would have cost you £196,305 in pounds on 19 June 2016 but would have cost you £209,775 just a month later, after the EU Referendum sent Sterling spiralling – that’s a difference of £13,470. Knowing how these movements in currency markets affect the price of your property and how you can protect against this risk can save you a lot of money.
Emigrating and relocating – why currency makes a difference
The only thing worse than going on holiday and finding out your money is worth less than you thought it would be is moving abroad permanently and making the same mistake.
For example, say you were emigrating and moving to Australia. If you exchanged £300,000 of your money on 25th May 2016, you would have arrived in Australia with A$613,200. But if you had decided just six weeks later to transfer your money on 8th July 2016, you would be departing with A$99,900 less in your pocket. Quite a difference! This exchange rate drop was all down to political change and the Brexit vote – a good example of how dramatic these changes can be. We can help you choose the best time to make your currency trade to avoid risks like this.
Keeping you informed
You will always be notified of any change in your chosen exchange rate – we’ll also keep you updated with what’s happening in the markets and how this could affect you and your money. Our Currency Consultants have leading industry qualifications that mean they can analyse the currency markets and what they mean for you.
Make the most of your international payments
✔ Personalised, professional service
Timing, flexibility and market knowledge are crucial in all foreign exchange – that’s what your personal Currency Consultant will deliver, finding the best solution for you.
Once you register with Halo Financial, we will allocate you a dedicated currency expert to professionally manage your currency trades. We think it’s what really sets us apart. The breadth and depth of information and services we can offer you are combined with personal, tailored guidance to enable you to make the best currency decisions to suit your needs.
✔ Safe and secure
Halo Financial is Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority and regulated by HM Revenue & Customs. All client funds are held in secure, segregated client accounts, separate from the operating accounts of the business.
✔ A wide range of currencies available
Halo Financial trades in most of the freely tradable currencies and can both buy and sell foreign currency. So, whether you’re looking for Euros, US, New Zealand, Canadian or Australian Dollars, United Arab Emirates Dirham, South African Rand, or any other currency, we can help you make your transfer.
✔ No commission
Halo Financial does not charge a commission fee on foreign exchange transactions. There is a transfer fee of £15 for transactions below £5,000, which simply covers the cost of the trade.
✔ Save time
We’ve made making an international payment quick and easy by following a simple four step process. You can find out how it works or contact one of the team, who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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