Tuesday, 20 July 2010

U.S. money transfer firms explore new routes in Asia

Asia, with its large migrant population, promises a huge growth market for U.S. payment service firms, but for pure-play companies like Western Union and MoneyGram International, that's not the end.

They are busy looking for newer avenues ranging from domestic services to mobile transfers as they try and win more customer confidence, even though informal channels rampant in the region pose a big challenge.

That Asian countries are major recipients of remittances is no secret, but apart from inter-continental transfers, the domestic market within Asia, especially in the southeast, is also opening up as more people cross borders within the region for education and in search of jobs. Read more

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