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     Remittances: Telegraphic Transfer

     There are two methods of remitting funds to people or businesses overseas:

     1.     Telegraphic Transfer (TT)

     2.     Draft

     It is cheaper to send the money via draft but if the party you are paying needs the funds urgently, then cost is a secondary concern. Remember- foreign exchange rates fluctuate every day and sometimes in volatile situations, every minute. Shop around the banks for the lowest exchange rate if you can but always bear in mind this important point- the urgency with which the funds should reach the other party necessitates that the bank you have chosen to remit the funds should have a branch or a correspondent bank's branch near where the payee (the one you are paying) is located. If not, it can be time consuming for the funds to be routed from one bank to another in the payee's country before the money reaches the payee. 

     In such situations, it is not unusual for the money to reach the payee a week or longer after it is sent. Then, it defeats the purpose of sending the money via Telegraphic Transfer. The bank at which you applied for the TT charges a commission of one-eighth per cent of the amount you wish to remit. There is always a minimum amount you need to pay, such as S$20. In addition, there is a cable charge, of S$20 upwards depending on the country you wish to remit the funds to.

     MAKE SURE the payee's name, account number and bank branch are spelled correctly in the application form to avoid any unnecessary delays. Remember - paying banks have a responsibility to ONLY pay the person/business named as payee. If there is a spelling mistake, the paying bank in that country will have to cable the bank where you made the application for clarification before it will make any payment. So a lot of time will be wasted.

     If the party you are paying needs the exact amount which you are remitting, please tell the bank at which you make the application to ensure that the paying bank in the payee's country does not deduct any charges. Simply put, you need to pay slightly more at your end so that the other party receiving the money will receive the full sum.

     Lastly, it is always a good idea to write the payee's account number, in addition to his name, in your application so that the money will be deposited into the payee's account immediately upon its arrival at the paying bank. The payee can immediately withdraw the funds over the counter or at an ATM without needing to wait for the arrival of the TT advice.


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News Flash        

Today Thursday 9 Mar 2000

In Singapore

The Clob settlement with Malaysia was a pragmatic solution because taking the matter to court might have taken years and led to further delays, said DPM Lee Hsien Loong yesterday.

Senior civil servants' pay is being reviewed and they could in future receive bonuses equivalent to 12 months' salary or more, depending on their performance, said DPM Lee Hsien Loong in Parliament yesterday.

A traffic policeman, who investigated an accident leading to the death of a model four years ago, was charged in court yesterday with accepting lunch and a S$5000 bribe from the driver of the car involved in the accident.


Jakarta: Gus Dur meets Suharto.

Around the world

Beverly Hills: Ten mailbags with all 4000 Oscar ballots were missing on Tuesday. A week after mailing the ballots, tucked in business envelopes with first-class postage, the Academy discovered that its members still had not received them.

Washington: Governor George Bush and Vice-President Al Gore both rolled over their upstart rivals on Super Tuesday and fixed their gaze instantly on the White House.

Courtesy of The Straits Times

News updated by 8.00 am daily.

Singapore's water is clean and safe to drink from the tap. There is no need to boil it.


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Raymond Han

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