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MoneyGram expands MobilePass to 35,000+ locations

MoneyGram

The second largest remittance provider in the US, MoneyGram, is expanding its MobilePass service to its entire US network of 35,000+ agent locations.

Why I believe the US State Department is wrong about mobile money in Africa

Dare Okoudjou, MFS Africa

The US Department of State recently released a report that identified mobile money services as particularly susceptible to money laundering in Africa. It cites services like M-PESA and M-Shwari as “services [that] remain vulnerable to money laundering activities”.

Top reasons US consumers transfer money highlight payments opportunities – report

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With competition for cross-border payments heating up, new data from currency exchange website XE, part of Euronet Worldwide, shows that US residents are transferring money internationally most often to pay bills or for living expenses, followed by travel expenses, mortgage and rental payments, and cash gifts.

Ant Financial wins MoneyGram board approval after upping bid to $1.2bn

MoneyGram

China’s Ant Financial Services Group appears to have beat back a surprise challenge by Euronet Worldwide to acquire MoneyGram. After raising its offer for the money transfer giant by more than one-third, to $1.2 billion, Ant Financial’s bid has earned the approval of MoneyGram’s board of directors.

Ant Financial buys MoneyGram for $880 million

Moneygram goes Ant Financial way

Alibaba’s affiliate Ant Financial is splashing out $880 million for money transfer operator MoneyGram International. This is Ant Financial’s first acquisition of a US-listed company.

Wirecard’s newest service enables mobile money transfers from migrants

Wirecard

In an attempt to take its share of the exploding cross-border payments market, which hit about $600 billion last year according to some estimates, Wirecard is launching a new mobile money remittance service in Europe, targeting consumers including unbanked migrants sending funds home.

WorldRemit and Xpress Money launch instant money transfers to Pakistan

Pakistan flag

Money transfer firms WorldRemit and Xpress Money have partnered to unveil a remittance service to Pakistan. Through Xpress Money’s agent partner network, WorldRemit customers will be able to make instant money transfers to be collected at over 9,500 cash pick-up locations all over the country – including major banks, Al Habib Bank, Bank Alfalah, Bank […]

Shinhan Bank and Streami to launch Bitcoin remittance service

Shinhan Bank HQ, Seol. Image source: Kaniwari, Wikimedia Commons

South Korea’s Shinhan Bank is launching a Bitcoin remittance service between Korea and China, with Hong Kong as an intermediary. The service will be available in December.

Earthport gains foothold in Sri Lanka via Commercial Bank of Ceylon

Earthport partners with Commercial Bank of Ceylon for remittances

Earthport, a cross-border payments service provider, has inked a deal with Commercial Bank of Ceylon to provide local payment capability into Sri Lanka. The deal is part of Earthport’s Asian expansion strategy, with similar money transfer partnerships already secured in Pakistan and India. Sajeev Viswanathan, president, global strategy at Earthport, says the tie-up with Commercial […]

Earthport and Ria Money Transfer join forces for remittances

Earthport, a UK-based cross-border payment network, and Ria Money Transfer, the world’s third largest money transfer company, have teamed up. Earthport will provide Ria with access to a global payment network. “Through a single, managed relationship with Earthport, Ria will gain access to over 60 domestic clearing schemes,” Earthport states. The solution “enables complete transparency”, […]

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