MULTICURRENCY CARD FILLS A NEED IN THE GLOBAL MARKET
Issuers incur several costs associated with foreign transactions:
- Routing transactions across borders.
- Accessing FX markets or pay a broker/dealer to cross the bid/ask spread.
- Warehousing the FX risk for the period between transaction posting until batching, netting, and clearing FX position.
- Incremental fraud liability associated with travel.
To avoid these costs, issuers often open multiple accounts in various foreign currencies — either using pre-paid debit cards or multiple DDA debit cards. Both methods have significant drawbacks to issuer and consumer.
Pre-Paid Card Drawbacks
- Percentage fee associated with reloading
- One-time fee for card
- Non-interest bearing account
- Not a DDA for issuer – limited cross sell
Multiple DDA Debit Card Drawbacks
- Must ship multiple cards internationally
- Multiple cards lead to higher lost/stolen and fraud rates
- Hard for customer to manage, inconvenient
Multi-Currency Card provides streamlined way for the international traveler to carry a single card across borders without exposure to exorbitant fees, undue risk, confusion, and inconvenience.