Case Study

Impact of Exchange Rates: Comparing Monex and Traditional Banks

CLIENT: Large Chemical Comany based on the east coast

The Scenario 

A chemical firm approached Monex to compare its cost of processing cross-border payments with its bank and to determine if there were optimization and savings opportunities within its global payments strategy. All of the client’s monetary transactions were being processed through their well-known bank. They wished to conduct a historical analysis to compare all of the costs associated with their transactions executed in the previous year but had limited to zero visibility into their cross-border (FX) payment fees or over-the-counter rates.

The majority of the client’s payments were well below $1M USD and classified by the bank as ‘nuisance payments’. This raised the question, ‘Do nuisance payments cost us more because they are smaller?” While the client could easily identify their lifting fees, they could not determine if they were being charged higher premiums on the FX conversions.


The Strategy

Monex conducted an analysis to determine the true cost of the cross-border payment transactions by gathering the client’s key transaction history and identifying the interbank rates for the currencies traded on each transaction date. By comparing 3 months of data amounting to $48.7M USD in value against the converted currencies, Monex determined the spread charged by the bank. Of the 315 transactions reviewed, 305 were identified as nuisance payments with an average size of $32K.



The Outcome 

The analysis revealed that the client had paid nearly $1.7M in FX charges in the 3-month period. Monex USA was able to capitalize on the significant cost and timing optimization opportunities and deliver significant savings on future processing for all of the client’s cross-border transactions.

FX Savings for Client

Chemical Client Case Study

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