Wise was founded in 2010 with the belief that international finance should be more fair and transparent. A decade later, the movement for transparency in international payments is much bigger than Wise.
We're proud to launch Nothing To Hide, a global grassroots campaign striving to bring transparent pricing to international payments to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of reducing remittance prices below 3% by 2030.
Remittances are a lifeline to hundreds of millions of people around the world, but most people are unaware of what they’re actually paying to send, spend, or receive money internationally. That’s because banks intentionally mislead consumers on exchange rates. They often advertise “$0 fee” or “no fee”, while setting their own currency conversion rates and pocketing huge profits.
Last year, people and businesses around the world lost $187 billions due to hidden inflated exchange rates. The average cost of sending remittances abroad is 6.04%, a long way from the UN Sustainable Development Goal of less than 3% average remittance costs by 2030. The World Bank agrees. Without transparency, there isn’t enough competition to drive down fees and markups.
the single most important factor leading to high remittance prices is a lack of transparency in the marketThe World Bank
Most people are unaware of what they’re actually paying to send, spend, or receive money internationally. That’s because providers intentionally mislead consumers on exchange rates. They often advertise "$0 fee" or "no fee", while setting their own currency conversion rates and pocketing huge profits. And then can legally get away with it. This needs to change.
Change is coming — we now have a chance to end hidden fees in international payments around the world by sharing your experience and calling on policymakers to end hidden fees. We need policymakers to address these misleading practices, close the loopholes in the law and make it possible for consumers and businesses to accurately compare prices. By joining you will receive regular updates, and different ways to get involved.