OFX Business review - is OFX a great option for companies in Singapore?

Hannes Ausmees

OFX¹ is a global specialist in international payments, business account services and currency risk management products. Singapore businesses can access OFX currency exchange when sending one off or recurring payments, or choose an OFX Global Currency Account to receive, hold and send payments in a range of foreign currencies.

This guide walks through all you need to know about OFX Singapore’s business services. And if you’re wondering whether to choose OFX or Wise, we’ve also got that covered. To help you pick the best service for you we’ll also compare OFX to Wise low cost payments and business accounts.

If you're interested about using OFX for personal use - we also reviewed OFX for personal international transfers here.

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What is OFX and is it legit?

OFX can save Singapore business customers money when they transact internationally, thanks to its competitive exchange rates and innovative account options. But if you’re wondering if OFX is too good to be true, you don’t need to worry. OFX is a legit business, regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), and also covered by other regulatory bodies around the world. That means OFX services are safe to use.

Here’s an overview of what Singapore businesses can do with OFX:

  • Open Global Currency Accounts to pay and get paid internationally
  • Send one off and recurring international transfers
  • Receive rate alerts to monitor changes in global exchange rates
  • Get target rate transfers to mitigate the risks involved with exchange rate fluctuations
  • Access a 24/7 personal broker service
  • Integrate Global Currency Accounts with Xero for faster accounting
  • Partner with OFX to offer a currency exchange platform for customers or affiliated businesses

OFX features for Singapore businesses

Let’s take a look at some of the key OFX services available for businesses in Singapore.

OFX Global Currency Accounts

Business customers and online sellers can open an OFX Global Currency Account² to pay and get paid in a range of foreign currencies. You’ll be able to open local currency accounts in USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, SGD, HKD and JPY, and get paid directly in these currencies by your customers, and through payment gateways and marketplace sites. You can then hold your balance in foreign currencies, use it to pay taxes and suppliers, or switch it to the currency you need and withdraw to your regular account.

Global Currency Accounts also offer automated payments and integration with Xero accounting software, which makes it easier to reconcile accounts across a range of currencies.


OFX international business payments

With OFX business customers can also set up one off or recurring international business payment transfers, with better exchange rates than banks usually offer. Payments can be made online, in the OFX app, or by phone through a broker service.

There’s a minimum transfer amount of 150 USD or the equivalent, and fixed transfer fees as follows³⁴:

OFX transfer typeOFX transfer fee
Payment under 10,000 AUD (about 10,200 SGD)15 AUD (just over 15 SGD) + exchange rate markup Third party charges may apply
Payment over 10,000 AUDNo transfer fee - exchange rate markup will still apply Third party charges may apply

The OFX exchange rate will include a small markup on the exchange rate applied - we’ll cover this in more detail a little later. You may also find that intermediary fees apply if your transfer is processed using the SWIFT network. These costs are deducted as the payment passes through the system, and are not credited to OFX.

OFX batch payment options

Another handy OFX feature for Singapore businesses is the ability to make batch payments. This involves paying multiple people at the same time, and can be done simply by uploading a single spreadsheet. OFX business customers can pay up to 500 employees or suppliers at once, in a range of currencies - saving you admin time, and letting you get on with your work.

OFX currency risk management services

Finally, OFX offers a range of specialist currency risk management products such as forward contracts and limit orders. These are handy for businesses which want to minimise risks involved in currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Forward exchange contracts allow you to lock in an agreed exchange rate for between 2 days and 12 months. If you know you’ve got a big payment to make in a foreign currency and want to confirm the exchange rate ahead of time, this may be useful. However, once you’ve agreed the rate you can’t benefit from positive changes to the exchange rate over the period of the contract.

An alternative is to set up a target rate order in which you agree a specific exchange rate for your transfer, which will then automatically be processed when that rate is achieved. All currency risk management solutions are offered through the OFX broker service, which means you’ll be able to talk through your requirements - and the costs and risks involved - with a broker before you commit.

Using OFX for international business - exchange rates

Sending an international business payment with OFX is pretty easy - and if you choose to open a Global Currency Account you’ll also be able to easily receive money to OFX in a range of currencies.

Whenever you send a payment in a foreign currency, or convert a balance from one currency to another, the OFX exchange rate will apply. This rate is calculated by adding a small margin to the mid-market exchange rate - the rate that you’ll find on Google or using a currency conversion app.

The margin used by OFX is usually smaller than the margins added by regular banks, which can mean you save money using OFX or another specialist service. However, it’s important to note that this margin is still a fee - and to figure out exactly how much you’re paying for your transfer, you’ll have to compare the OFX rate to the mid-market rate yourself. That’s not transparent - and it’s a hassle you probably don’t need.

Not all international money transfer providers add a markup to the exchange rate. Wise, for example, uses the mid-market rate and clearly splits out the costs of making your payment so it’s easy to review and compare. More on Wise and how OFX vs Wise match up, later.

The true cost of sending SGD to USD

How to sign up for OFX business account

Here’s how to get your OFX account up and running:

  • Download the OFX app or head to the OFX desktop site
  • Register your account by adding your name and contact information, your business type and where it’s registered
  • Wait for a call back from the OFX team
  • Get verified - the OFX team will confirm what documents are required to support your application

The verification process may vary based on your business entity type, and where it’s registered, but a member of the OFX team will be able to guide you through the process over the phone.

OFX vs Wise business - which is a better business account in Singapore?

OFX is a good option for businesses in Singapore looking for currency exchange and international payment services. However, they’re not the only provider out there, and depending on exactly what you want from your account you might find there’s a better option. To help you decide, we’ll take a look at how OFX and Wise measure up across some key business account and service features:

OFXWise Business
RegulationMonetary Authority of Singapore + global regulatory bodies as requiredMonetary Authority of Singapore + global regulatory bodies as required
Business multi-currency account services availableYesYes
International business debit cardNoYes
Available currenciesPayments can be made to 50+ countries, accounts come with local receiving account details available for 8 currenciesAccounts can hold, send and exchange 53 currencies, with local receiving account details available for 9 currencies including SGD, USD, AUD and more
Minimum payment value150 USD (about 210 SGD)No minimum
Maximum payment valueUnlimitedUsually based on the equivalent of around 1 million GBP
Transfer feeUnder 10,000 AUD (about 10,200 SGD)- 15 AUD (just over 15 SGD) Over 10,000 AUD - no transfer feeLow, transparent fees based on destination and payment value
Exchange rateExchange rates include a markup on the mid-market rateMid-market exchange rate
Available payment methodsBPay or electronic bank transferBank transfer, credit or debit card, PayNow
Delivery timeUsually within 24 hours for major currencies - up to 5 days for exotic currencies45% of payments are instant, 80%+ arrive in 24 hours
Accounting integrations offeredXeroXero, QuickBooks, FreeAgent
Batch payments offeredYes - 500 maximum simultaneous paymentsYes - 1,000 maximum simultaneous payments

Whether an OFX or Wise business account is best for you may well depend on how you want to use it. Wise has a couple of benefits compared to OFX, including linked international debit cards which allow you and your team to spend and make cash withdrawals around the world. If you don’t have the currency you need in your account, the Wise auto convert feature will make sure you always get the lowest possible fee when you spend, with Wise’s mid-market exchange rates every time.

Illustration of Wise Business products

Wise also has no minimum payment amount, which may be helpful if you need to make low value transfers, as well as more local bank details to let you receive currencies fee free. There’s no ongoing fee and no minimum balance to maintain your Wise account - making this an option well worth looking at.

Learn more about Wise Business


Having an international business account makes a lot of sense, and can drive down the costs of transacting internationally. OFX offers some good options in Singapore for online sellers and business owners - but whether or not they’re the best provider for you will depend on your specific requirements. Compare OFX with the Wise business account to see which is the best fit.


  1. OFX Singapore business services
  2. OFX Global Currency Account
  3. OFX transfer fees
  4. OFX minimum transfer

Sources checked on 15.07.2022

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