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Old Jul 31st 2017, 5:50 am   #1
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Dear all,

I have an MM2H visa since last Feb but with no intention to move to Malaysia for maybe another 18 months.

I have my FD with HSBC.

I am seeking advice regarding money transfers into Malaysia and would be grateful for any guidance.

Presently I am transferring money (Sterling) via HSBC Global and exchanging it online but I noticed on other topics the mention of use of exchange firms such as Transferwise who seem to give a better rate than HSBC.

I was deterred as after I opened my Malaysian HSBC account (plus GBP & USD accounts) as I tried to transfer USD to my HSBC USD account but was advised the transfer costs were exorbitant (correspondent bank) and I also tried via another currency and was bitten by double exchange and charges so I am looking for a hassle free method.

Can I transfer Sterling from a UK bank account to a Malaysian bank account (same brand of bank or even a different one) with no additional charges other than the costs highlighted by (again for example) Transferwise and is it a smooth process?

Any advice on this topic would be appreciated and also my thanks to all the regular forum posters who's sageness on many areas in this forum assisted me greatly in my MM2H application and other areas of interest.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 9:52 am   #2
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Transferwise donĀ“t care for your UK and Malaysia bank, they will do this within a few days. The banks cannot take any fees for this. The process could not be smoother. We all do it with them for a very good reason, that is to save on fees and avoid troubles.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 10:02 am   #3
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Hi Macsta and welcome to the forum
If you have a UK HSBC Global Account and a Malaysian MYR account your best is to use TransferWise.
Once registered with TransferWise you will see exactly how much MYR you will get for your GBP before continuing....that is the net amount...no bank charges or other fees are involved.
Basically you transfer GBP to TransferWise and they send MYR to your Malaysian account...it takes somewhere like 2 work days to receive so weekends takes longer.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 10:48 am   #4
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Many thanks to you both for the advice, I will try a transfer with them from GBP to both MYR and USD.

Appreciate your posting.
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Old Jul 31st 2017, 1:37 pm   #5
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Thanks expattravel appreciate the offer, although at the moment my issue is more transferring USD into Malaysia but I will bear it in mind for when I move there as I might have need of their services.

Just as an update, TransferWise are not able to exchange and transfer GBP to USD to a Malaysian based USD account (or anywhere other than US it seems) due to same issue as all other banks, correspondent bank regulations for transfer of USD.

It seems the only solution when exchanging GBP to USD is to use HSBC or any other major bank that has US recognition and an Malaysian presence utilising their global transfer system if they have one.
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Many thanks to you both for the advice, I will try a transfer with them from GBP to both MYR and USD.

Appreciate your posting.
I'm not so sure they'll exchange from a GBP account in UK to a USD account in Malaysia.
Maybe only to a USA bank....better check that.
edit: seems you were writing same time as I was.

You could also use HSBC Global Transfer from your UK GBP to your Malaysian GBP accounts and ask your Premier Relationship Manager what is the best rate to exchange to MYR. They usually give a better rate than the internet rate of exchange.
If you have an HSBC account in USA you could do the same with USD.

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Old Jul 31st 2017, 3:46 pm   #7
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Hi Macsta, expattravel (although with a new account) here. As I was saying all brokers can help you, especially with getting your money into Malaysia and exchanging at good rates. What is good about them is you can talk to them on the phone and they can guide you through the process (especially where it is difficult to find out the best way to get your money into a place. What is the problem exactly? You are trying to exchange and send the money to a bank account in Malaysia?
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Thanks expattravel appreciate the offer, although at the moment my issue is more transferring USD into Malaysia but I will bear it in mind for when I move there as I might have need of their services.

Just as an update, TransferWise are not able to exchange and transfer GBP to USD to a Malaysian based USD account (or anywhere other than US it seems) due to same issue as all other banks, correspondent bank regulations for transfer of USD.

It seems the only solution when exchanging GBP to USD is to use HSBC or any other major bank that has US recognition and an Malaysian presence utilising their global transfer system if they have one.
Why do you need the USD in Malaysia?
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Old Aug 1st 2017, 5:52 am   #9
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Hi JKTJ (AKA expattravel) and Stepen.

Thanks for your replies.

Answering both, I am paid in USD (I work outside UK) and I wanted to send USD directly to my Malaysian bank account but this is not possible (for me) without using an intermediate bank and paying extra charges.

I don't need the USD "for" Malayasia I am actually wanting to keep some funds in USD as a hedge as I am concerned Sterling will tank as Brexit (in whatever form) becomes a reality and USD gives more options open for other countries should that ever become a necessity.

Thanks Davita for your advice, yes I am currently exchanging GBP to USD through HSBC Global I was hoping Transferwise, who give a better rate, would exchange but as you confirmed they do not provide this service outside USA banks (which I do not have).

Thank you all for your comments.
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Old Aug 1st 2017, 7:36 am   #10
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Might be worth exploring Standard Chartered Bank.

My salary is paid into my Malaysian wife's Public Bank account in Malaysia in USD and they convert to RM. They require my pay slip to prove and am not laundering. I get a living allowance in Japan. Other than that "'er indoors" gets all my money
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Just curious, why does one have to go via a correspondent bank for transfering USD from a USD account overseas to a USD account in MY?
Is this specific for USD and/or Malaysia only?
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Thanks Hovite,

I will look at them.

I think I saw your wife on my last visit to KL she was in Tiffany's shopping
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Old Aug 1st 2017, 8:20 am   #13
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Hi Gunnar45,

That part of the equation I have not tried due to location circumstances (its a bit complicated) but my belief is that any USD transfer made from outside the US anywhere other than to the US has to be routed through a correspondent bank.

I stand to be corrected on that but recently I have had this experience from two separate countries when trying to send (admittedly) AED and Euro payments exchanged to my USD account in Malaysia and I got hammered by such charges.

Maybe a USD account to USD account would work and I am sure one of our American friends on the site might have more insight on this.
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Macsta,
Thanks for clarification.
As mentioned I was wondering if this was a special case for international USD transfers.
And I thought you wanted to transfer USD to USD.
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Can someone explain which rate is better

1) Premier HSBC dollar account in UK/US transferring to Premier HSBC dollar account in MY
2) Transferwise to transfer from said Premier account direct to MY account?
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