Global Money Transfer (Remittance) Market: An Analysis -- A New Report by Koncept Analytics

The report analyzes the historical trend of money transfers and the recent impact of economic slowdown on the industry. It presents the drivers of the industry and the opportunities for the MTO's despite a slowdown in the flow of remittances.
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May 11, 2009 - PRLog -- The money transfer market or the remittance market is extremely large and has been growing at a steady rate over the last two decades, driven mostly by a combination of long-term trends relating to immigration flows, disparities among national economies and technological innovation.

But the remittance from overseas workers, which is a financial lifeline for many developing countries, is under pressure as a consequence of the downturn in the global economy. With global GDP expected to contract by 0.9% in 2009 and with recession hitting the key destinations for migrants especially the United States, the European Union and the Gulf countries, the flow of remittances is expected to decline considerably in the year 2009. The developing countries that are popular for the export of labor have already started facing the inevitable problem of declining remittances with companies across the globe having started shedding employees.

And with declining volumes of global remittances, the formal and most popular channel for money transfers i.e. MTOs or Money Transfer Organizations are facing a decline in their margins. But the factors that are supporting the growth of revenues of MTOs are the shifting remittance volume from informal and illegal channels like the hawala system to the formal channels (as a result of stricter regulations on the backdrop of terrorist activities).

Another factor that is working in favor of most formal money transfer channels is the expanding networks of MTOs and the growing base of banks, especially in the remote regions of the developing countries. Technology is also playing a key role with mobile money transfers gaining huge popularity. Mobile money transfers are not cannibalizing the traditional money transfer markets as this channel is increasingly being used for transferring smaller amounts of money and hence also leverage by the MTOs.

The formal money transfer industry is highly fragmented with MTOs like Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria (Euronet) controlling a very small share of the total money transfer market. As the smaller and local players hold majority of the share but does not have enough financial strength for further investments or market their products and develop their brands, the global MTOs can leverage this opportunity and get a foothold in the regional markets.

The report broadly includes the following

1. Money Transfer Market    

1.1 Global Market Overview  
1.2 Flow of Remittances      

2. Supply Chain – Money Transfer  

3. Growth Drivers      

4. Competitive Threats to Remittance Market      

5. Competitive Landscape    

6. Company Profiles  

6.1 Western Union    
6.2 MoneyGram International          
6.3 Euronet Worldwide (Ria)

7. Market Forecast    

Figures and Tables

Figure 1.1: Global Remittance Market Volume (US$Billion): 2001-2008
Figure 1.2: Remittance Flow to Developing Countries (by Region): 2006-2008
Figure 1.3: Sources of remittances by recipient regions: 2008
Figure 1.4: Top 10 remittance-recipient countries (US$ Billion): 2008
Figure 1.5: Top 10 remittance-recipient countries (% of GDP): 2008
Figure 2.1: Value Chain: Remittance Industry
Figure 3.1: Remittances to developing countries: 1990-2008
Figure 3.2: African Migration Flows
Figure 5.1: Money Transfer Agents’ Market Share: 2008
Figure 5.2: Major MTOs-Number of Agent Locations
Figure 6.1: Western Union – Money Transfer Revenues: 2006-2008
Figure 6.2: Western Union: Agent location distribution
Figure 6.3: MoneyGram – Money Transfer Revenues: 2005-2007
Figure 6.4: MoneyGram: Agent location distribution
Figure 6.5: Euronet (Ria) – Money Transfer Revenues: 2006-2008
Figure 7.1: Global Remittance Market Volume (US$Billion) Forecast: 2009-10
Figure 7.2: Remittance flows to developing countries: 2009-2011
Table 3.1: Migrant Flow: Developing to High Income Countries (Millions)
Table 4.1: Mobile Money Transfer – Remittance Value

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