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3
Jul

It’s been a wild ride this hot summer soccer season!

Fans could have used a seatbelt this hot summer soccer season, because it’s been a wild ride in both Chile for the Copa America and in Canada for the Women’s World Cup.

While the top men’s teams in South America were making headlines in Chile, the best women’s teams representing countries all over the world were doing the same thing in Canada. The highlights are probably seared into your mind.

  • Lionel Messi distributing the ball like a magician on Argentina’s march to the Copa America final against Chile.
  • The heartbreak of Laura Bassett whose own goal in stoppage play allowed Japan to eliminate England, 2-1, in the World Cup semifinals.
  • Host Chile playing like a champion, reaching the Copa America final and attempting to win the tournament for the first time.
  • Japan trying to repeat its 2011 World Cup victory in the final against the United States and the U.S. just as strongly opposing.
  • Hope Solo playing brilliantly in goal for the United States, reaching the World Cup final.

All along the way, all over the world, people took notice, proven by attendance records, huge television audiences and record ratings. It’s been a wild ride, to be sure, and also a magical one. But while it’s nearly over, it’s still one for the books.

And don’t forget that the smarter way to send money to Canada, the United Kingdom, Argentina and Chile is Xoom.com.

1
Jul

History will Clearly be Made in the Final in Santiago

Something’s got to give when Argentina takes on host Chile in Saturday’s final of the 44th Copa America. Both teams have something in common, two unsettling streaks they are trying to end – Argentina has not won the Copa America since 1993 while Chile has never won it.

So history will clearly be made in the final in Santiago.

Argentina, ranked No. 3 in the world by FIFA, seems to have all the momentum right now after its 6-1 semifinal thrashing of Paraguay, the 2011 finalist. Angel Di Maria scored twice and superstar Lionel Messi helped out on five of the six goals.

But Chile, ranked 19th in the world, cannot be discounted, and looked impressive in its 2-1 victory over Peru in the other semifinal. Chile relies on Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas, who have combined to account for seven of the 13 goals Chile has scored in the tournament. Still, it has to rankle Chile that it is one of only three South American countries (Venezuela, Ecuador) that has not won the Copa America since it began in 1916.

Messi, as usual, counters for Argentina. His three assists so far ties him with Chile’s Jorge Valdivia for the most in the tournament.

And there’s something else to remember, too. The smarter way to send money to Argentina, Chile is Xoom.com.

29
Jun

Only Four Countries Left in the 44th Copa America

Argentina and Paraguay. Peru and Chile. Only four countries are still standing in the 44th Copa America with the clock ticking for the tension-packed semifinal round.

Host Chile pushed it way into Monday’s semifinal showdown against Peru in Santiago de Chile as a result of its 1-0 quarterfinal upset of Uruguay – the first time Chile has defeated Uruguay in the Copa America since 1983. Peru earned its matchup against host country Chile with a bruising 3-1 quarterfinal victory over Bolivia.

Peru now has a chance to atone for a 4-2 loss to Chile in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

Paraguay stunned Brazil on penalty kick shootout (4-3) after the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Derlis Gonzalez scored the game-winner on his penalty kick. It was the second consecutive time that Paraguay has ousted Brazil on penalties in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Argentina made it to Concepcion and Tuesday’s semifinal against Paraguay, also on penalty kicks (5-4), following a scoreless tie against Colombia.

There is no extra time at the Copa America. The games go straight to penalties if the score is tied after 90 minutes.

And don’t forget that the smarter way to send money to Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Bolivia is Xoom.com.

17
Jun

How much of your credit card balance do you pay each month?

Household budgets are sometimes difficult to plan and maintain, but everyone recognizes their value in the scheme of life. How you handle your bills means a great deal to your financial stability, especially when you’re talking about credit card bills. They don’t seem to ever go completely away, do they?

There are contrasting payment plans for credit card debt, we all know, but Xoom came up with the notion to dig a little deeper on the subject. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an extensive, exclusive survey of some of its Fil-Am customers to ask them about credit card debt. Xoom posed the question: ‘How much of your credit card balance do you pay each month?’

The largest number of people who took the survey, 48 percent, said they paid more than the minimum payment but less than the full amount.  Almost a full third of the respondents, 32 percent, said they paid off the full amount every billing cycle. Then again, 13 percent of those who answered the survey said they don’t even own a credit card while 17 percent said they pay just the minimum amount on each credit card bill.

15
Dec

Xoom lanza su programa transfronterizo Pago de Facturas a El Salvador – Paga facturas en línea desde los EE.UU.

Pago de facturas Xoom – paga las facturas de tus seres queridos, para que ellos no tengan que hacerlo.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 10 de diciembre de 2014 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), un proveedor líder de transferencias digitales de dinero, ha lanzado oficialmente (Paga Facturas a El Salvador con Xoom) Xoom Bill Pay to El Salvador, una plataforma de avanzada que transforma los pagos transfronterizos de facturas permitiendo que, a las personas que viven en El Salvador, les paguen sus cuentas sus seres queridos que viven en Estados Unidos.

“Pago de Facturas Xoom está cambiando completamente la manera como las facturas transfronterizas se pagan en El Salvador, al ofrecer una experiencia nueva e innovadora para que los clientes en EE.UU. paguen facturas en nombre de sus familiares y amigos con tan solo unos pocos clics o toques de pantalla”, dijo Bobby Aitkenhead, Vice Presidente de Xoom Bill Pay. “Pago de Facturas Xoom les ahorra a quienes viven en El Salvador, el inconveniente y el riesgo de ir a pagar cuentas”.

“Al facilitar el pago transfronterizo de facturas de modo seguro, confiable y exacto, Xoom ayuda a ofrecer tranquilidad a quienes viven en El Salvador, porque saben que sus facturas ya han sido pagadas. Los remitentes ahora disfrutan la posibilidad de ver los saldos de las cuentas de sus familias en tiempo real y, de pagar sus facturas al instante”.

Xoom Bill Pay facilita pagos a varias empresas de servicios públicos en El Salvador, incluyendo teléfono, Internet, electricidad y paquetes de cable. Para los remitentes que viven en EE.UU., los pagos se pueden hacer muy fácilmente desde el celular, tableta o computador del remitente. El servicio facilita el pago a CAESS, CLESA, EEO, Deusem y Delsur, los principales distribuidores de energía eléctrica en El Salvador; Claro, uno de las principales empresas telefónicas de El Salvador.

Una clienta de Xoom, Concepción Salinas, ya ha disfrutado la seguridad, rapidez y confiabilidad de Xoom Bill Pay. “Mi mamá tiene 70 años y vive sola”, dijo Salinas. “Anteriormente, yo tenía que enviarle el dinero para pagar sus facturas. Mi mamá tenía que ir a recibir el dinero y luego hacer fila en cada una de las empresas para pagar las facturas. Con Xoom Bill Pay, mi mamá ya no tiene que salir a la calle. Ya no la pongo en riesgo”.

¿Cómo les ayuda Xoom Bill Pay a las personas que viven en El Salvador?

  • Los remitentes tienen acceso al valor de cada factura de modo oportuno; no hay necesidad de esperar que las cuentas lleguen por correo.
  • Muchas empresas de servicios públicos no aceptan pagos parciales; Xoom Bill Pay ahora le ofrece la información del saldo al remitente, quien puede hacer el pago total en tiempo real.
  • Normalmente, las empresas de servicios públicos desconectan el servicio con la primera falta de pago; Xoom Bill Pay ofrece a los salvadoreños la tranquilidad de que sus facturas han sido pagadas.

“Anteriormente, muchos destinatarios de transferencias de dinero en El Salvador, tenían que dedicar varias horas del día yendo a la empresa de servicios, esperar en fila, llenar formularios y, entregar efectivo por la casilla para pagar por el uso del teléfono o la electricidad”,  añadió Aitkenhead.  “Esto es ahora algo del pasado, puesto que hemos transformado el proceso al permitir que los clientes paguen las facturas transfronterizas en nombre de sus familias, de manera fácil y eficiente”.

Acerca de Xoom
Xoom es un proveedor líder de transferencias digitales de dinero que habilita a los consumidores en los Estados Unidos para enviar dinero y pagar facturas alrededor del mundo de modo seguro, rápido y eficiente, usando sus celulares, tabletas o computadores. Durante los 12 meses terminados el 30 de septiembre de 2014, los más de 1,2 millones de clientes activos de Xoom, enviaron aproximadamente $6.500 millones a familiares y amigos. La compañía tiene su sede en San Francisco y se encuentra en línea en Xoom.com.

7
Jul

Argentina-Dutch Semi-Final Preview

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The machine that is Lionel Messi faces its biggest challenge so far in the World Cup as Argentina tackles the dangerous Netherlands in a semifinal that will surely have far-reaching effects.

Messi, who is tied for the goal-scoring lead among players still playing in this high-scoring World Cup, will run straight into yet another great offensive player, the Dutch superstar Arjen Robben.  Robben has scored three times. Messi has four goals, the same as Thomas Muller of Germany, another semifinalist. James Rodriguez of Colombia is the World Cup’s leading goal-scorer with six, but Colombia lost in the quarterfinals. Neymar of Brazil has five goals, but he is out of the World Cup because of a fractured vertebra.

Meanwhile, Argentina has its own injury problems. Angel Di Maria, who is an offensive complement to Messi, has been ruled out of the Netherlands game after he injured his hamstring in a 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Belgium. Gonzalo Higuain scored the only goal, so he may be asked to take some of the offensive pressure off of Messi, who needs some open space to work his magic.

Create your own magic with Xoom, the easiest way to send money to Argentina.

23
Jun

Which is your favorite Filipino dish?

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Just talking about food is usually enough to make everyone hungry. Sometimes you can envision a great dish on a plate and if you close your eyes, you can just about smell the aroma.

Most everyone has a Filipino dish that they like the best, their go-to favorite whenever they prepare it themselves or see it on the menu at a restaurant. Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked ‘What is your favorite Filipino dish?’

As you might expect there were many answers and a lot of favorite dishes.

The survey found that 13 percent said the staple Adobo marinade was their favorite Filipino dish. Nine percent of the respondents said the stew Kare-Kare rated tops with them. Pancit, noodles that are also popular on birthdays, was the favorite of eight percent of those who answered the survey.

Lechon, the roast pork dish, attracted seven percent of the votes in the survey and Lumpia, the Philippines’ take on egg rolls, was chosen by five percent of the voters.

But the Filipino dish that was favored by the majority of the voters in the survey?  Everything, said 51 percent. Just one more question. When’s dinner?

17
Jun

Xoom Announces Instant Overseas Remittance Facility to India, Powered by IMPS (Immediate Payment service) – an NPCI initiative

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Xoom and Punjab National Bank partner for a revolutionary launch of instant deposits to bank accounts in India

NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 17, 2014 — Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, has partnered with Punjab National Bank (PNB), to roll out instant bank deposit services to bank accounts in India using the revolutionary IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) platform.

IMPS is a unique remittance processing platform, considered to be one of the latest technology in account-to-account remittance offered by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI), offering instant electronic fund transfer service 365 days a year.

“Xoom is committed to providing ‘instant’ in all of our services. Thanks to the great partnership with Punjab National Bank and the IMPS system, the families of Xoom users will receive their deposits instantly, even on bank holidays and weekends,” said John Kunze, President and CEO of Xoom. “This truly is instant gratification and a magical experience.”

Xoom’s breakthrough technology and IMPS’ cutting edge technology will let Xoom customers send money from the United States instantly to many prominent banks in India via the IMPS system in the coming weeks. Currently, IMPS has 63 banks as part of its ecosystem.

According to Mr. A.P Hota, Managing Director and CEO, NPCI, “the future of remittance is IMPS and we are delighted that Xoom and Punjab National Bank are already setting new standards by offering this innovative service so quickly to their customers, and helping NRI’s send money to their families, safely and instantly.”

“We are excited to incorporate IMPS and take our partnership with Xoom to a higher level, by providing instant deposits to NRI’s,” said Mr. K.R. Kamath, Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab National Bank. “This revolutionary IMPS system and Xoom will provide instant deposits for NRI’s sending money to Punjab National Bank and other bank accounts in India.”

To promote awareness of instant deposits, Xoom has created an innovative ad campaign with its brand Ambassador, screen legend Amitabh Bachchan. The TV commercials showcase the unique benefits of instant deposits from Xoom.

Xoom offers deposits to bank accounts in India including NRE and NRO accounts. Xoom also provides great locked-in exchange rates, and no fees when customers send more than $1,000 and pay with their U.S.-based bank account.

Customers can also download the Xoom App for Android and iPhone devices for free. Visit Xoom.com/mobile for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money to 31 countries in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended March 31, 2014, Xoom’s more than 1.1 million active customers sent more than $6.1 billion to family and friends. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at Xoom.com.

About Punjab National Bank
Punjab National Bank is a leading Public Sector Bank in India headquartered in New Delhi with over 6,200 branches and 7,000 ATMs spread across the country. It serves over 80 million customers. The Bank has developed an advanced computerized module for speedy payments of remittances received.

About IMPS
The underlying concept behind IMPS is to provide customers “24/7, safe, secure and convenient” real-time remittance access that customers can avail during holidays also, to meet their various retail payments needs. By using IMPS, a customer can transfer funds real-time to another person or to a merchant, for any personal or commercial purpose.

IMPS which was initially conceptualized as a mobile-based person-to-person (P2P) instant remittance solution, has evolved as a channel independent, interoperable, multi-dimensional remittance platform to cater to widespread customer needs. In other words, IMPS facilitates in transferring funds seamlessly from one interface to the other – be it mobile, internet, ATM, USSD, etc., and from one service provider to another, from banking entities to non-banking entities (PPI), or vice versa, making it a truly interoperable platform.

About NPCINational Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is the umbrella organization of all retail payment systems in India.  It is set up by the banks in India with the support and guidance from the Reserve Bank of India and Indian Banks’ Association.