Personal Features

Moneygram

50

50

MoneyGram gives individuals the ability to send money to most countries. 

What MoneyGram does

  • International money transfers
  • Cash pick-ups
  • Mobile airtime and mobile wallet top ups
  • Bill payments (US only)
  • Transfers to inmates (US only)
  • Regular transfers

What MoneyGram doesn’t do

  • Personal account managers
  • Forex hedging tools
  • Digital wallets
  • Unique local multi-currency accounts
  • FX optimised travel cards

TransferWise

50

50

TransferWise provides a simple easy to use international money transfer service with digital wallet capabilities. Their digital wallet, or Borderless account also gives the individual local banking details in 6+ currencies including, EUR, SGD, NZD, USD, GBP and AUD. Their TransferWise Borderless debit card backs on to their Borderless digital wallet allowing you to spend directly out of your multi-currency account balances.

What TransferWise offers individuals

  • International money transfers
  • Borderless multi-currency receiving accounts
  • Borderless Debit Card - FX optimised debit card
  • Android and Apple apps
  • Send money to email address

What TransferWise does not offer individuals

  • Personal account management
  • Regular transfers
  • Cash pick up or international bill payments

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Both equally compare in the Personal Features category.

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Business Benefits

Moneygram

11

11

MoneyGram provides very limited international money transfer services for businesses.

What MoneyGram for business offers 

  • International money transfers
  • Biller solutions
  • Check processing
  • Money order services

What MoneyGram for business doesn't do

  • Risk management tools
  • FX-optimized travel cards
  • Unique local multi-currency accounts
  • Dedicated currency managers
  • Solutions for online sellers
  • Accounting integration

TransferWise

56

56

In addition to the services TransferWise offers the individual, there are some features only available for a business. Unfortunately, as TransferWise is online only, a business customer does not have support with currency fluctuations and trends. TransferWise does however offer easy to use transactional foreign currency receipts and payments.

What TransferWise offers businesses

  • Batch payments
  • Xero and Quickbook integration
  • FX optimised business debit card
  • Multi-user account access

What TransferWise for business doesn’t offer

  • Business account management
  • Risk management tools
  • Regular transfers

TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Business Benefits category.

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Fees & Exchange Rates

Moneygram

8

8

MoneyGram fees

Exchange rate margin fee - This can be an additional 5% on top of real time exchange rates. The exchange rate margin fee increases with credit card payments and cash pickup of funds.

Additional fees - MoneyGram money transfer fees vary depending on where you and the recipient reside, the mode of payment, the transfer amount, and the transfer method.

  • Cash pickup fees - Sending money to a bank account is typically more affordable than sending it to a cash pickup location. Sending cash for location pickup can cost an additional US$5.
  • Credit / debit card payment fees - Paying through a bank transfer is usually more cost-effective than paying via a debit/credit card. Credit/debit card payments can cost between US$3 and $15

TransferWise

54

54

TransferWise offers the real time exchange rate at the time of your transfer. Therefore fees are visible in addition to the transfer amount. The fee structure is complex as it differs depending on the currencies you are sending from and to. Fees also apply to the type of Borderless account transaction. Fees can also apply on the use of the TransferWise Borderless debit card. Fees are briefly summarised below. Read the detailed TransferWise review for more details on TransferWise fees.

TransferWise ServiceTransferWise fee
Simple International Money Transfer

0.4% - 2% 

Varies on currency and payment type

Adding to TransferWise Borderless account0.4% - 0.5%
Converting between Borderless account0.3% - 0.6%
Sending money out of Borderless accountLess than 0.1% in most cases
Borderless Account Debit Card

No fee for card issuance

Fee free cash withdrawal limit of US$250, 2% thereafter

Zero cost on spend from existing currency balance, 0.24 - 3.69% fee if there is no existing balance


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Fees and Exchange Rates category.

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Ease of Use

Moneygram

64

64

Signing up - Fairly easy, using either the MoneyGram app or website.

Payment options -  Bank account transfers, debit cards, credit cards and cash.

Speed - Up to 4 business days, and even more in some instances.

Multilingual website - Use the MoneyGram website in a number of languages.

Mobile apps - Available for iOS and Android.


TransferWise

83

83

The TransferWise app design and user experience of their technology is great with simple, intuitive processes.

Registration - Fast and easy account creation

ID verification - Instant in some countries

Transfer speed - It can be instantaneous in some countries. Fast payments to TransferWise comes at an additional cost.

Minimum transfer amount - $1

Mobile app - Simple and easy to use. Probably the best designed app of the international money transfer companies.

Payment options - TransferWise has the broadest range of payment options. Local bank transfer, debit / credit card and country specific solutions such as POLi.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the Trust and Transparency category.

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Support & Countries

Moneygram

69

69

Supported payment currencies - Accepts local currency payments from its customers in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.

Supported destination currencies - MoneyGram lets you send money to more than 200 countries and territories, and offers payouts in local currencies.

Customer support - Local phone and chat support provided in several countries.


TransferWise

88

88

TransferWise’s supported countries vary with different services having different supported customer countries and destination countries. These are detailed in the TransferWise Countries and Currencies article and is summarized below.

Send from - 23 countries plus the Europe SEPA countries

Send to - Over 60 currencies

Borderless account and debit card - Over 6 countries can sign up to their Borderless services.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the CATEGORYNAME category.

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Trust & Transparency

Moneygram

44

44

Regulation - Regulated by financial regulatory bodies in different countries.

Average customer service - Gets a rating of Great on Trustpilot. However, several customer reviews highlight issues with the company's customer service.

Poor exchange rate transparency - The markup on existing exchange rates can be more than 5% for some currencies. 


TransferWise

63

63

TransferWise is fully regulated by the FCA and their customer funds are segregated from their business banking activities.

TransferWise is rated on TrustPilot as Excellent. Unfortunately there have been some poor reviews on TrustPilot indicating sudden account closures with funds being returned with no explanation.

TransferWise continues to raise capital through private funding. This could be a concern for the future when the shareholders are looking for aggressive growth and / or a return on their investment.


TransferWise wins!

TransferWise scores better in the CATEGORYNAME category.

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The Result

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 TransferWise

MoneyGram is no match for TransferWise in this comparison with 48 to 75 respectively.  Although they tie in their individual offerings, TransferWise is no match for MoneyGram with their superior business services and cheaper fees and exchange rates.