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Please see below a comparison chart of Australia's top currency exchange brokerage firms for corporate clients. Foreign exchange brokers offer services specialising in business currency exchange for corporate clients, separate from the mainstream service they offer to private clients. Foreign exchange brokers are experts in the FX market and as their business is dealing with foreign exchange they can offer your company their expertise and specialist knowledge. No matter what the size of your business or where you want to send money currency exchange specialists can maximise the value of your overseas money transfer. Whatever your exchange requirements foreign exchange brokers have the service available to suit you and your business. It is important that you take the time to find the broker that can work best for you.

The exchange rate and order options that you can benefit from using one of these Forex brokers is second to none, with hedging strategies and risk management provided alongside straightforward transfers and trade. There are many currency options, services and products available to you that can protect your business against currency fluctuations. With some of their service you can fix exchange rates and protect your funds. One of the best ways to ensure you are protected from volatility in the currency markets is to hedge your risk and there are a variety of hedging options available to you. Foreign exchange brokers will discuss your business's requirements as soon as you open your corporate account, and will tailor the service to your company's size and capabilities. Get the best exchange rate and save time and money with a broker.

Use the chart to compare the main features of different foreign exchange brokers, from the software they offer to the extra features that you are looking for to suit your company. When deciding on which service to choose bear in mind that the right service will depend on you and your business. You need to look at what services and options each one can offer and see if they can work for your corporate requirements. The exchange rates listed here are updated on a frequent basis; exchange brokers will quote you a live rate before each transaction.

Note that these FX companies are best used for larger transfers and transactions. For smaller transfers you should use a Money Transfer Service. Depending on which of the foreign exchange companies listed you choose, they will be able to carry out the transfer for free. If the amount you are sending falls below a benchmark (around $10,000) then you may be charged up to $10 to make the transfer.

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COMPANYEST

EST

When company was established

CREDIT RATING

CREDIT RATING

Company credit rating

SPREAD EXPLAINED

SPREAD EXPLAINED

The spread is what forex brokers use to make money on every forex trade placed through their network

SPOT

SPOT

An agreement between two parties to buy one currency against selling another currency at an agreed price for settlement on the spot date

FORWARD

FORWARD

To exchange money denominated in one currency into another currency at a pre-agreed exchange rate on a specified date

OPTIONS

OPTIONS

The right to exchange money denominated in one currency into another currency at a pre-agreed exchange rate on a specified date

HEDGING

HEDGING

Currency hedging mitigates the risk of loss through currency movements using a specific investment structure

CCY

CCY

Currencies available

BANKS

BANKS

Which banks used for trust accounts

TRANSFER METHODS

TRANSFER METHODS

Types of transfer available

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World First Corporate Services
World First Corporate Services

2005
ASIC - AFS 302061
3A1 D&B Rating0.1% - 0.7%Yes

Spot Transactions

A spot transaction is the exchange of one currency for another at a specified rate for settlement in two working days. There are no associated costs with spot transactions. If you transfer funds via CHAPS you may be charged a fee, this depends on your agreement with your bank.

Yes

Forwards

World First will make a payment to your requested bank account on the agreed forward date, as long as World First has received your funds. You can fix a forward exchange rate for any period from 3 days up to 1 year in advance. A deposit of between 3% - 10% of the amount of the deal is required for a forward contract. This must be received within 3 days of the forward contract being agreed. In order to guarantee delivery of funds on the settlement date, it is recommended that you settle the outstanding balance on the contract 2 working days before the contract is due to settle. This type of contract is ideal if you want to fix a rate now, but will not be making immediate payment. e.g. fixing a pound sterling to euro exchange rate today for transfer on a future date.
 
Flexible Forward Contract
Also known as a "time option", this type of contract is similar to a forward contract but allows you to make and receive the pre-agreed payments early if required. This type of contract is ideal if you know you need to purchase a foreign currency, wish to fix the exchange rate now but are not sure of the exact settlement date.

Yes

Options

A vanilla option provides the right but not the obligation to buy a currency on a pre-determined forward date at a guaranteed worst case rate. It also allows you to benefit from any favourable exchange rate move for 100% of the amount (in return for an upfront premium).

Yes

Hedging Services

World First Markets Ltd offers a range of hedging strategies (currency options) to enable you to manage exchange rate fluctuations. These strategies are tailored to fit your exposure, currency forecast and risk level. They usually enable you to protect yourself from adverse rate movements but benefit from favourable exchange rate moves.
 
The three most widely used strategies are:
A vanilla option provides the right but not the obligation to buy a currency on a pre-determined forward date at a guaranteed worst case rate. It also allows you to benefit from any favourable exchange rate move for 100% of the amount (in return for an upfront premium).
 
Participating forward: this provides a guaranteed worst case rate for the full transaction amount, like a forward contract. However it also provides the ability to ‘participate’ for 50% of the amount in any favourable exchange rate move.
 
Risk reversal: this provides the ability to fix a worst case rate for a currency purchase, like a forward contract. However you can benefit 100% in any favourable move up to a pre-determined best case exchange rate. There is a reduced premium for this option.

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Currencies

AED, AUD, BBD, BGN, BHD, BWP, CAD, CHF, CNH, CZK, DKK, EGP, EUR, FJD, GBP, HKD, HRK, HUF, ILS, INR, ISK, JMD, JOD, JPY, KES, KWD, LKR, LTL, MAD, MUR, MXN, NOK, NZD, OMR, PHP, PKR, PLN, QAR, RON, RUB, SAR, SEK, SGD, THB, TND, TRY, TTD, TZS, USD XCD, ZAR.

Banking

Banking Facilities

GBP accounts with: Barclays, HSBC, Citi and RBS
EUR accounts with:Commerzbank
Barclays Spain / France / London
Citi London
Bank of Ireland London / Belfast

Australia bank to foreign bank or vice versaApply Foreign Exchange : World First Corporate Services
Whatever your foreign exchange needs, World First is the UK's leading foreign exchange broker, offering private individuals & companies the ability to achieve significantly better currency exchange rates with exceptional service levels. With headquarters in London and offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and The USA. World First was the first foreign exchange broker FSA authorised to offer 'currency options' (hedging strategies). World First promise the best exchange rates, and an exceptional service that is fast, easy and secure. They can offer rates that are better than the banks because they take a smaller margin. World First is a large, safe organisation that offer the highest level of personal service. DETAIL INFORMATION >>Services

Services

1. Regular Payments.
2. Forward Contacts.
3. Spot Contracts.
4. Stop Loss Orders.
5. Limit Orders.
6. Hedging strategies.
7. Currency Options.
 
Orders Available Stop Loss Order: A stop loss order is a means of limiting your risk from adverse exchange rates. A currency level is set. If that currency level is reached, the trade is automatically executed in the market. The currency level used for a stop loss order is always worse than the current market price. This is a way to protect yourself from adverse changes in exchange rates without needing to constantly monitor the rate.
 
Take Profit Order: Like a stop loss order, a take profit order first involves setting a currency level. Once that currency level is reached, the trade is executed in the market. The currency level used for a take profit order is always better than the current market price. This is a way to capitalise on improvements in exchange rates without needing to constantly monitor the rate.
 
OCO - "One Cancels Other": A combination of a 'Stop Loss' order and a 'Take Profit' order. When one of these two orders is executed, the other order is automatically cancelled. Order: You can leave an "order" with us to transact on your behalf if a particular exchange rate is reached.
 
GTC - Good Till Cancelled: A GTC foreign exchange order will be left in the market until executed or cancelled by you.


Advantages

Advantages

1. Margin 0.25%-1% from spot rate guaranteed
2. Compared with banks, our rates can usually save you between 0.5% and 3% of the amount transacted ie up to $6000 on a $200000 transfer.
3. We keep you in touch with the status of your transfer and notify you at every stage of the process.
4. We can offer you forward contracts and other hedging options to protect you from currency movements and to fix the exchange rate for a transaction up to 3 years in the future.
5. Minimum one-off transfer $1000.
6. Minimum regular transfer $250.
7. No commission and no transfer fees for amounts over $5000.


Disadvantages

Disadvantages

1. We will need to undertake an ID / company check as part of the account opening process for both private and corporate clients respectively.
2. Your bank may charge you to transfer your funds to us, although the saving you will receive from using us will more than negate this.

Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory

World First Advisory Services will make sure your foreign exchange providers are giving you the right information, charging you a fair and competitive price and enabling you to get the most out of your foreign exchange requirements. Most importantly, our experts are totally independent from any dealing desk. Their sole purpose is to give you clear and transparent information that benefits you.
 
World First’s Advisory Services have put together a variety of options to suit your needs. These can delivered as standalone services or grouped as a package.
 
Price Check – ensure the rates you are receiving for your spot, forward and options contracts are competitive and fair. This service costs £250-£500 per month.
 
Economic Advice – concise interpretation of the constant stream of market information and data tailored to suit your currency needs. This service costs £250-£500 per month.
 
Hedging Advice – unbiased, independent advice on hedging contracts taking into account factors such as your risk appetite, suitability for purpose and fit with your strategy. We will also check the level of profit made inside each deal is competitive. This service costs £500-£750 per month.
 
Advisory Services gives you access to one of the most experienced currency options teams in the UK. The two key features of our service are:
1. Open pricing policy – you pay for what you need
2. No minimum sign-up period


Online Trading

Online Trading

World First’s online platform Xchange allows you to manage all your foreign exchange transactions and payments. This platform makes it fast, easy and secure to manage your currency exchange requirements.
 
Xchange offers you the ability to:
1. View live rates.
2. Make payments to almost any country globally.
3. Access your balance instantly.
4. Track payments online.
5. Access our economic research.
 
There are no hidden charges. You can log in from anywhere, anytime and your beneficiary details are stored making it easy for you to take control of your dealings.


Speculative Trading

Speculative Trading

Yes - Please ask for details on application

Currencies Direct Corporate Services
Currencies Direct Corporate Services

1996
ASIC - AFS 246838
D&B Level 1 rating0.1%-1%Yes

Spot Transactions

Yes

Yes

Forwards

Forward contracts are utilised by both private and corporate clients to effectively budget for their international payments. A forward contract enables the client to buy currency now at an agreed rate that can be drawn down at any point within the following 24 months. This is a perfect way for an overseas property buyer or private/corporate client who has a series of payments to make to budget for their purchase. The advantages it offers are well illustrated by looking at what has happened to the GBP:EURO rates over the past 6 months.

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Currencies

1. United Arab Emirates, Dirhams AED AED
2. Australia, Dollars AUD AUD
3. Bulgarian Lev BGL BGL
4. Canada, Dollars CAD CAD
5. Switzerland, Francs CHF CHF
6. Czech Republic, Koruny CZK CZK
7. Denmark, Kroner DKK DKK
8. Euro Member Countries, Euro EUR EUR
9. United Kingdom, Pounds GBP GBP
10. Hong Kong, Dollars HKD HKD
11. Hungary, Forint HUF HUF
12. Indonesian rupiah IDR IDR
13. Israel, New Shekels ILS ILS
14. India, Rupees INR INR
15. Japan, Yen JPY JPY
16. Kuwaiti dinar KWD KWD
17. Morocco, Dirhams MAD MAD 
18. Mauritius, Rupees MUR MUR
19. Norway, Krone NOK NOK
20. New Zealand, Dollars NZD NZD
21. Oman, Rials OMR OMR
22. Pakistan, Rupees PLZ PLZ
23. Qatar, Rials QAR QAR
24. Romanian lei RON RON
25. Saudi Arabia, Riyals SAR SAR
26. Sweden, Kronor SEK SEK
27. Singapore, Dollars SGD SGD
28. Slovakia, Koruny SKK SKK
29. Thailand, Baht THB THB
30. Tunisia, Dinars TND TND
31. United States of America, Dollars USD USD
32. South Africa, Rand ZAR ZAR

Banking

Banking Facilities

HSBC, Barclays, La Caixa

Australian Bank to Foreign Bank or vice versaApply Foreign Exchange : Currencies Direct Corporate Services
Currencies Direct was the original pioneer of the non-bank foreign exchange market and is now firmly established as one of the UK's leading foreign exchange providers. With over 80,000 registered corporate clients we are trusted to send $bn's overseas each year. Core to our business is the ability to offer private and corporate client's exceptional foreign currency rates. Speak to a Currencies Direct broker for your transfer needs today. DETAIL INFORMATION >>Services

Services

1. Regular Payments.
2. Forward Contacts.
3. Spot Contracts.
4. Stop Loss Orders.
5. Limit Orders.


Advantages

Advantages

1. Free to open an account which can be ready to trade within hours
2. Guarantee the rate you receive is within 0.1%-1% of the live interbank spot rate.
3. Can generate a cost saving of between 0.5% to 4% when compared to a high street bank. 4. Dedicated dealer for your account allowing you to have one point of contact when managing your payment process
5. Up to date coverage with daily market commentary and market watch facility
6. Limit orders and stop loss orders to take advantage of currency movements
7. We can reduce your currency risk by offering forward contracts to help set the rate for your future transaction
8. All client funds are secure as they are held in segregated client accounts by our banking partners HSBC and Barclays
9. Fast, secure, 24/7 online system iPayFX
10. Currencies Direct is a UK registered Ltd company (Reg No.: 3041197) and operates under the regulation of HM Customs & Excise, adhering to their Anti-Money Laundering Regulations (MLR No.: 12132225)


Disadvantages

Disadvantages

1. Do not accept cash
2. Do not sell options
3. Do not accept cheques

Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory

N/A


Online Trading

Online Trading

N/A


Speculative Trading

Speculative Trading

N/A

AFEX Corporate Services
AFEX Corporate Services

1979
ASIC 305246, ABN 85119392586
N/A0.1%-0.7%Yes

Spot Transactions

Yes

Yes

Forwards

Yes, 10% deposit required.

Yes

Options

Options will be launched in Australia in Q1 2012

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Currencies

1. AED
2. ARS
3. AUD
4. BDT
5. BGN
6. BHD
7. BOB
8. BRL
9. BWP
10. CAD
11. CHF
12. CLP
13. CNY
14. COP
15. CRC
16. CZK
17. DJF
18. DKK
19. DOP
20. DZD
21. EEK
22. EGP
23. ETB
24. EUR
25. FJD
26. GBP
27. NOK
28. GHS
29. GNF
30. GTQ
31. HKD
32. HRK
33. HTG
34. HUF
35. IDR
36. ILS
37. INR
38. JOD
39. JPY
40. KES
41. KRW
42. KWD
43. LKR
44. LTL
45. LVL
46. MAD
47. MGA
48. MUR
49. MWK
50. MXN
51. MYR
52. MZN
53. NGN
54. NOK
55. OMR
56. PEN
57. PGK
58. PHP
59. PKR
60. PLN
61. PYG
62. QAR
63. RON
64. RUB
65. SAR
66. SEK
67. SGD
68. SKK
69. THB
70. TND
71. TRY
72. TWD
73. TZS
74. UAH
75. UGX
76. USD
78. XOF
79. XPF
80. ZAR
81. ZMK

Banking

Banking Facilities

We have various banking relationships across the globe, some spanning 30 years – all of our currency accounts are held in the local countries to assist with speed of transaction and transparency.

WIRE, BPAY, Direct Debit, ChequeApply Foreign Exchange : AFEX Corporate Services
AFEX offers a comprehensive range of international payment and foreign exchange services, including foreign currency drafts, wire transfers, risk management tools and designated corporate account managers. AFEX can handle every aspect of a client’s foreign payment needs, from risk consultation to to transaction execution. AFEX is a well established foreign exchange brokerage and can help you with all of your international money transfer needs. DETAIL INFORMATION >>Services

Services

1. Spot Transactions
2. Forward Contracts
3. Speculative Trading


Advantages

Advantages

1. Online spot and forward transactions
2. Multiple levels of security
3. Payment confirmations sent to beneficiary
4. Multi-user options with separate approval levels
5. Daily market updates
6. Access to detailed transaction history
7. Competitive Exchange Rates & low transfer fees!
8. Dedicated RG146 Accredited Foreign Exchange Specialist!
9. Rapid delivery of funds with NO INTERMEDIARY FEES!
10. 24 hour trading & cash management/ treasury facilities


Disadvantages

Disadvantages

1. Certified ID required for Private Clients
2. Minimum of 10k AUD on Exotic currencies

Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory

Only in the UK which is AFEX Markets


Online Trading

Online Trading

N/A


Speculative Trading

Speculative Trading

Yes
1. RISK DISCLOSURE STATEMENT SIGNED
2. DEPOSIT OF 10% (PRE-FUNDED) AND MARGIN CALL OF 5% - THIS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR BOTH SPOT AND FORWARD CONTRACTS.
3. FULL DELIVERY EACH WAY – SOME EXCEPTIONS MAY BE ALLOWED BY CREDIT MANAGER
4. MINIMUM TRADE SIZE AUD500,000
5. THIS IS NOT TO BE "ADVERTISED" AS A PRODUCT AND EACH CLIENT WILL HAVE TO BE SPECIFICALLY APPROVED BY THE SALES DIRECTOR BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO TRADE. CREDIT WILL ADD A NOTE IN THE BUSINESS INFO PAGE THAT THE CLIENT’S TRADES ARE SPECULATIVE IN NATURE.

Sable FX Corporate Services
Sable FX Corporate Services

1994
ASIC - 335126
89/1000.2 – 1% based on volumeYes

Spot Transactions

There are no fees for transacting with Sable FX; all standard transfers are free (however there is a “speed” service option, charged at extra cost). Sable FX generates revenue through the spread on exchange rates; which will always beat the banks and competitors. Additionally, Sable FX will attempt to absorb all the bank costs which a currency exchange and international remittance may pick up along the way. This makes the process simpler, cheaper and cleaner for the client.

Yes

Forwards

This works on the same principle as spot deals, the only difference is that Sable FX will lock in a rate for a future date of delivery. To make cash flow easier for the client, Sable FX will be happy to lock in a rate on a deposit (generally 10% or more), which frees the clients cash up until the date of delivery. A margin call may be forthcoming in instances of severe negative rate movements.

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Currencies

1. GBP
2. USD
3. EUR
4. NZD
5. AUD
6. ZAR
7. AED
8. CAD
9. CHF
10. CNH
11. CZK
12. GHS
13. HKD
14. INR
15. JPY
16. KES
17. PLN
18. SEK
19. SGD
20. XAF
21. XO
22. ZMK
and more upon request/demand.

Banking

Banking Facilities

HSBC bank (UK, AUS, NZ, PL, US).
Standard bank, Investec, Sasfin (South Africa)

Bank to BankApply Foreign Exchange : Sable FX Corporate Services
Sable FX offers a bespoke foreign exchange and remittance service for both personal and corporate clients. Transfers are available worldwide, free of charge and at whole sale exchange rates. Fully compliant and regulated, Sable FX is renowned for beating the banks and saving their clients’ money. Sable FX offer a fast, efficient and personal money transfer. Contact Sable FX for your international money transfer needs. DETAIL INFORMATION >>Services

Services

1. Spot transactions
2. Forward transactions


Advantages

Advantages

1. Great exchange rates
2. No transfer Fees
3. No hidden costs
4. Registration is free with no obligation to trade
5. Personal service with dedicated dealers
6. Free text and email notifications on all transfers
7. Secure online system, accessible 24 hours a day
8. Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange


Disadvantages

Disadvantages

1. No credit card payments

Financial Advisory

Financial Advisory

No - brokerage only


Online Trading

Online Trading

N/A


Speculative Trading

Speculative Trading

No – Currencies for delivery only

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Foreign Exchange Brokers can add value to your business by saving you money

What is a Foreign Exchange Broker?

Foreign exchange brokers specialise in working with corporate clients. No matter what the size of your business or where you want to send money these currency exchange specialists can maximise the value of your overseas money transfer.

A foreign exchange broker will take the time to understand your currency exchange requirements. You will be assigned a personal and dedicated currency dealer with your account who you can contact whenever you need.

What can a Foreign exchange Broker do for my business?

If you handle high volumes of deals or payments, a currency exchange broker can save you time and money and fully automate the process. There are many brokers that offer many products to every size of business. From simple spot transactions to sophisticated hedging options, they can help.

Foreign Exchange brokers are experienced dealers who will find the best ways to cover your risk and keep more of your money for you. With a business currency services you can make foreign exchange as simple, secure and low cost as possible for your company.

Do Foreign Exchange Brokers protect against market fluctuations?

Foreign Exchange brokers understand that just a small movement in exchange rates can have massive repercussions for your company. If you are involved in any kind of import or export, the constant fluctuations in exchange rates can make a massive different to your bottom line. In extreme circumstances, they could even threaten the survival of your business.

However, by using some of the currency options that brokers offer, your money is protected if the exchange rate moves against you. Furthermore, a currency option allows you to benefit should the rates move in your favour so you are not just protecting your funds but you could also stand to gain from a better exchange rates.

There are many currency options to meet your specific needs. One of the best ways to ensure you are protected from volatility in the currency markets is to hedge your risk and there are a variety of hedging options available to you.

Finding the right service for you

Every business is different and will have certain requirements.

When deciding on a foreign exchange service make sure you check for any additional or hidden fees. Although many foreign exchange services are free in some cases you may be charged if the amount you wish to transfer is under a certain level.

A great way to find the best service for you is compare them against each other. Use the table above to find a great deal.

When should you use corporate foreign exchange specialists?

Finding the right corporate foreign exchange specialist is essential for your business needs. If you find that you need to exchange or transfer an amount of around $10,000 or more then you would be advised to use a foreign exchange specialist that is specifically for corporate accounts. Many have a minimum transfer amount; otherwise you would be charged a fee for the transfer. This usually still works out cheaper than a bank though so it is a cheaper alternative that you should consider. Ensure you make yourself fully aware of any hidden charges or fees and do your research properly.

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