Fidelity international wire transfer: Fees, limits and transfer time

Adam Rozsa

Although not a bank but a broker, Fidelity provides similar features to its customers through the cash management account option.

While Fidelity allows international transfers, online international wire transfers are not currently available.

In this article, you can learn about Fidelity's wire transfer fees, exchange rates, and transfer times.

Consider Wise as an alternative provider – you may save money when sending money abroad.


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Fidelity international wire transfer fees

While incoming wire transfers may be free with Fidelity, consider possible exchange rate markups and fees from sending and intermediary banks¹.

For outgoing transfers, Fidelity charges an undisclosed 'Fidelity fee'², and additional fees may apply from intermediary and recipient banks.

If you transfer money with different currencies, an exchange rate markup could be added to the international wire transfer fee.

Note that setting up an international wire with Fidelity requires speaking to a representative⁴.

The table below is based on the fees of a brokerage account:

Fidelity international wire transfersFees
Incoming¹$0¹ + possible exchange rate markupⁱ + possible fees from sending and intermediary banksⁱⁱ
Outgoing (same currencies)‘Fidelity fee’² + possible fees from intermediary and recipient banksⁱⁱ
Outgoing (2 currencies)‘Fidelity fee’² + possible exchange rate markupⁱ + possible fees from intermediary and recipient banksⁱⁱ
ⁱ Exchange rate markupsSee the next section "Fidelity exchange rates"
ⁱⁱ Intermediary/recipient bank fees

Fidelity notes, “The [intermediary] Bank may charge a fee for receiving wires.”³

These flat fees can range from $10-$50 and may be levied by up to 4 banks on top of Fidelity’s fees.

Fidelity exchange rates

In general, Fidelity wires the required amount in the foreign currency and debits the equivalent in US dollars from your account.

When sending money abroad with Fidelity, make sure to check their exchange rates if the recipient gets the money in a different currency.

If receiving money in another currency, Fidelity may credit you with the equivalent in US dollars.

💡 Unfortunately, Fidelity’s exchange rates aren’t publicly available, which means you’ll need to call a Fidelity representative to check the rate used for your currency pairing before committing to the transfer.

Once you have the exchange rate that Fidelity offers for your specific wire transfer, you’ll want to use some calculations to see if you’re getting a good deal. To do that, you’ll want to compare Fidelity’s exchange rate with the mid-market rate using an online currency converter or by googling the currency pair.

A cheap and transparent alternative: Wise

If you're concerned about the costs and hidden exchange rate markups of transferring money abroad, consider alternative options like Wise.

With Wise, you'll pay a small, transparent fee and a percentage of the converted amount when sending money online.

Wise may offer the fairest exchange rate, similar to the one you find on Google, with no markup.

There are no hidden fees, and all transfers can be conveniently set up online. Visit our website to discover a cheap way to send money and see if you can get a better deal with Wise today:

Learn more about Wise

Please see Terms of Use for your region or visit Wise Fees & Pricing for the most up to date pricing and fee information.

How do you make an international bank transfer with Fidelity?

Officially, Fidelity provides two ways of making an international wire transfer:

Via a Fidelity Representative

Fidelity requires those setting up international wires to do so via a Fidelity representative. You should be able to do that at your local branch, or call 1-800-544-6666 to set one up.

Via snail mail

Fidelity also offers you the option of filling out their Bank Wire Form and mailing it to one of their offices for processing.

To send an international wire transfer with Fidelity, you’re going to need either their Bank Wire Authorization form, or for sending foreign currencies, their Outgoing Foreign Currency Wire form.

💡 To send an international wire transfer with Fidelity, you’re going to need either their Bank Wire Authorization form, or for sending foreign currencies, their Outgoing Foreign Currency Wire form.

Can I do a wire transfer online with Fidelity?

Currently, Fidelity is not able to process international wire requests online. Which means if you want to send money directly through Fidelity, you’ll have to contact a Fidelity representative. However, there is a workaround which you can use to send money online internationally with Fidelity:

Connecting your Fidelity account to Wise

  1. Visit wise.com
  2. Choose the originating currency and amount in the top box and the corresponding recipient currency in the bottom box
  3. To find out how much Wise costs, click on “Show fee breakdown”ⁱ
  4. Click the green button “Get started”
  5. Fill out your personal detailsⁱⁱ
  6. Enter your recipient’s informationⁱⁱⁱ
  7. Make sure you’re happy with the cost and exchange rate
  8. On the final step, you’ll have several options to pay for your transferⁱ

How long does an international transfer with Fidelity take?

In general, international wire transfers take around 3 - 5 business days to go through.

However, the length of time it takes to make an international wire will depend on where your money is headed. Check the likely delivery time when you place the transaction.

What are Fidelity’s wire transfer limits?

As per the information provided on Fidelity's official website, bank wire transfers are subject to a daily transfer limit of $100,000 per client.⁵

What do I need or what should I give to the sender in order to receive an international bank transfer with Fidelity?

If you’re expecting to receive an international transfer, then the sender will need some information. What’s needed will depend a bit on where they’re based, and whether the transfer is being sent in US dollars, or another currency — but you can expect to be asked for the following:

  • Your own account BIC/SWIFT code; or the Fidelity wire instructions as detailed in the source link below if you have a brokerage or mutual fund account
  • Your full name and address, as detailed on the account
  • Your Fidelity account number
  • The amount and the currency you’d like to receive the payment in

Don’t forget to also agree with the sender who will cover the charges applied to the transfer.

Contact / Help — More questions around your transfer?

If you need a little more help, the easiest way to contact Fidelity is through the online chat feature, or by calling the customer services hotline for advice.

When you’re doing your homework on the costs of international transfers, you’ll want to look at both the upfront and intermediary fees, and the exchange rates applied. Compare the rate to the, mid-market rate to make sure there are no hidden fees — and don’t forget to ask about the likely intermediary charges if you choose to make a transfer with a traditional institution.

The real costs of international wire transfers can vary widely, so a little research could save you a lot of money. You can also find the cheapest way to send money on our website.

Learn more about Wise


Sources:
  1. Fidelity - EFT or Wire
  2. Fidelity - Transfer Money / Shares FAQ
  3. Fidelity - Bank Wire Authorization (PDF)
  4. Fidelity - Outgoing Foreign Currency Wire Standing Instructions (PDF)
  5. Fidelity - How to choose between an EFT or a bank wire

All sources checked on 25 May 2023


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