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Top Southern European city breaks this summer

As the sun starts to heat up in the south of Europe, we take a look at some of the top city break destinations to take your FairFX Prepaid Mastercard® Euro Card this summer. We’ve picked out some destinations where you can bask in the sunshine and indulge in fantastic food. And to celebrate our sponsorship of Sky Sports F1® this year, you can also watch the season’s hottest motorsport action in some of our top city picks. 🇪🇸 Barcelona, Spain One of the main attractions of any trip to Southern Europe is a dip in the calm blue waters of […]

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Your international payment options

There are a number of international payment options for you to take advantage of through our dealing service. Our experts can help you to choose a service that ensures you get maximum value when sending or receiving money from abroad, manages your risk and meets your payment requirements. Here’s how some of our currency dealing services work and how you can benefit from them.   Regular payment plans Sending money abroad on a regular basis can usually be time consuming and stressful but our regular payment plans make life easier and save you money. There are 2 types of regular payment […]

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Will the French elections provide another shock?

In the past 12 months we have seen the world shift with two seismic decisions from two different electorates – are we about to see a third? On 23rd June 2016 we saw Britain vote to leave the EU in the Brexit referendum and in the US on 9th November Donald Trump was elected President. On the 7th May France’s next President will be elected in a run-off election. Two candidates with two very different agendas. What does this mean for the euro? Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigration leader Marine Le Pen have begun a final duel for the […]

Best value destinations to buy a second home overseas

In the first study of its kind, we’ve revealed the best value destinations to buy a second home overseas. Buying a second home abroad continues to be a popular investment option. It provides a holiday haven when you want to get away from it all and can be a useful second income through lettings. We’ve compared the costs associated with buying a second home, to help you narrow down your search on where you would like to buy. In the FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator we compare the average price of a property in over 30 countries, based on the […]

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FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator

The FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator compares the average price of a property in over 30 countries, based on the average cost of a two-bedroom apartment. The cost calculator also factors in the cost of buying a car overseas and a year’s worth of petrol, utilities and daily essentials such as food and drink. Buying a second home abroad continues to be a popular investment option. It provides a holiday haven when you want to get away from it all and can be a useful second income through lettings. The FairFX Property Abroad Cost Calculator is designed to make it […]

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Opportunities in Asia: The mission to keep creative industries thriving after Brexit

UK creativity will thrive after Brexit – that’s the determined stance of those working in the sector. The industry, which includes film and television, theatre, video games and fashion, is worth £84bn to the British economy. Many of these areas have relied heavily on EU funding and the freedom to move between countries but in light of the EU Referendum, work is underway to ensure the creative sector doesn’t suffer. The creative sector is one of five being prioritised by the government in its Industrial Strategy Green Paper in a bid to address the risks to long-term growth as the […]

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5 tips for getting the best exchange rate for your travel money

Travel money is often an afterthought when it comes to organising a holiday. You book the flight and hotel in advance but leave travel money to the last minute – that’s a mistake. If you don’t plan ahead with your currency, you could end up having considerably less to spend on your travels. With a little forward planning, and our tips on getting the best exchange rate, you can spend more on what you like on your next break.   1. Follow the pound If you’re booking your holiday before you’ve checked exchange rates, you may find yourself booking accommodation […]

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What does an EU divorce mean for small businesses?

It’s the beginning of a new era. Article 50 has been triggered. After much anticipation, Theresa May has started the divorce proceedings from the EU. The process of negotiating that separation will now begin in earnest. But despite some fears the pound would receive a further blow and fall against currencies around the world, it has maintained a steady footing. So, what happens to British SMEs now as they try to ‘keep calm and carry on’? Professor Vikas S. Shah, a member of the UK Industrial Development Advisory Board and an entrepreneur with 20 years’ experience in business, said there […]

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Melbourne destination guide

FairFX is an official sponsor of Sky Sports F1® for the 2017 Formula 1 season, which  means we’ll be running some great competitions throughout the season and our blog will feature lots of exciting travel tips, videos and behind the scenes insights.   The season kicks off with the Australian Grand Prix™ in Melbourne, so we’re sharing our tips for getting the most out of a trip to coastal capital of Australia’s state of Victoria. If you haven’t already got a trip to Australia planned, we’re sure you’ll be considering it once you’ve read our Melbourne destination guide. With Australia being […]

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The best countries to do business with right now

British businesses face the challenge of turning a profit and growing revenues despite the decline in the pound making it potentially more costly to buy from abroad. Importing from America for example is now more expensive with the pound rate 13% down against the dollar compared with one year ago. On the flip side, this of course means that for Americans, British goods have become 13% cheaper and a more attractive import option. FairFX Brexit Hub Read our latest articles, commentary and currency updates on the affect of Brexit.   The US isn’t the only country where British businesses could […]

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7 things to consider when managing currency for business

The past year has been an interesting one for British SMEs. The EU referendum and the US election have taken their toll on currency markets creating fluctuations in the cost of overseas travel and expenses and buying and selling overseas. As of 15th February 2017, the pound is down 14% against the US dollar and 9% against the Euro compared with this time last year. For businesses, this means spending money overseas has become a lot more expensive. Business profits, cash flow and competitiveness can all be affected by exchange rate movements, meaning a keen eye on currency risk is […]

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Half-term flights up to nine times more expensive

Half term may seem like the perfect time for a family holiday, but our latest research has revealed that it’s actually one of the most expensive times for families to go away. Comparing 120 return flights from eight airports across the UK, we found that holidaying during half term costs an average of NINE times more than the same flight earlier in the month.   It isn’t just half-term flights that receive a price hike though. Travel industry advice usually dictates that it’s a good idea to book a package deal in order to get more for your money, but these […]