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6
Mar

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Ram. Do you know your animal sign?

The Chinese Zodiac is sort of like the astrological signs that are supposed to tell your fortunes according to when you were born. There are 12 Chinese Zodiac animal figures, repeating after 12 years. The year 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. Previous years of the sheep include 1967, 1979, 1991 and 2003.

If you are born under this sign, you’re in good shape, according to the Chinese Zodiac. The sheep is the 8th sign in the Chinese calendar and the number 8 is considered lucky.

Those born under the sign of sheep are considered witty individuals who are thoughtful and mindful to the wishes of others. They are also generous, sentimental and have high morals.

Xoom, a worldwide leader in the money transfer business, conducted a survey of its clients to dig deeper. Xoom asked: ‘Do you know your Chinese Zodiac sign?’

You bet, said 71 percent of the respondents, but 29 percent said they didn’t know their symbol.

2
Mar

Xoom Announces Instant Deposit Service to all LANDBANK Accounts in the Philippines

Xoom now offers instant deposits to the fourth largest bank in the Philippines

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 27, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leadingdigital money transfer provider, now offers instant deposits to all LANDBANK peso and U.S. dollar accounts. LANDBANK joins BDO, Metrobank and PNB – four of the top five banks in the Philippines – with instant deposit service for Xoom customers.

“Xoom continually looks for ways to improve our service, and this direct partnership with LANDBANK is another example,” said Pia Guter, Xoom’s Director of Marketing for the Philippines. “Customers can rest assured that their loved ones with LANDBANK accounts will receive their money without waiting or having to worry about cut-off times. Xoom customers can send anytime, anywhere, using their computer, tablet or mobile phone.  It also takes just seconds to send using the new Xoom mobile app.”

“We are very excited about this new partnership with Xoom. Our partnership will definitely be a big help to Filipinos in the U.S. looking for a fast and very efficient way of sending money back home. Remittances will be processed and credited to their loved ones’ LANDBANK peso or U.S. dollar accounts in real time,” said Rene Eje, Vice President, OFW Remittance Group at LANDBANK.

“We are a partner of the National Government in promoting progress through socially-oriented programs and projects. Overseas Filipinos and their beneficiaries are among LANDBANK’s priority clients because of the roles they play in stimulating our economy,” added Eje.

LANDBANK, the fourth largest bank in the Philippines, is a government-owned bank with a large rural network that serves farmers, fishermen, small to medium enterprises, and microenterprises.

In the past, senders were mindful of cut-off times, arranging their schedule to send during specific times, so their recipient would not have to wait another full day to receive money.  Instant deposit in the Philippines means no waiting for either the sender or recipient, making this a fast and convenient service for all Xoom customers.  Visit https://www.xoom.com/philippines for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money to and pay bills for family and friends around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended December 31, 2014, Xoom’s more than 1.2 million active customers sent approximately $6.9 billion with Xoom. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at Xoom.com.

About LANDBANK
Land Bank of the Philippines is a government financial institution that strikes a balance in fulfilling its social mandate of promoting countryside development while remaining financially viable. Over the years, LANDBANK has successfully managed this tough balancing act as evidenced by the continued expansion of its loan portfolio in favor of its priority sectors: the farmers and fisherfolk, small and medium enterprises and micro enterprises, livelihood loans and agribusiness, agri-infrastructure and other agri- and environment-related projects, socialized housing, schools and hospitals. Today, LANDBANK is by far the largest formal credit institution in the rural areas. LANDBANK also ranks among the top five commercial banks in the country in terms of deposits, assets, loans and capital.

2
Mar

Do you open at least one app a day on your smart phone?

Do we love our smart phones or what? You may leave your purse at home or misplace your keys or can’t find your wallet right away, but don’t even think about not packing your smart phone. We’d be, like, clueless.

We are all hooked up to technology and smart phones are an instrumental part of it. Since we’ve discovered them, smart phones have assumed a huge role in so many lives. So start with the apps.

To find out just how we might use our smart phones, Xoom decided to conduct an informal survey of its clients by asking this question: ‘Do you open at least one app a day on your smart phone?’

A whopping 49 percent of those who took the survey said yes, but 26 percent answered no, they didn’t open at least one app a day. Meanwhile, 26 percent said they do it sometimes and six percent responded that they do not have a smart phone.

10
Feb

Do you plan to send money to a loved one in the Philippines for Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that brings loved ones together on a unique special occasion and there are many ways to celebrate. Maybe a dinner out, or a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates. But there are other meaningful ways to celebrate as well. Xoom thought about one of them.

Sending money home is a way Filipinos show their love to the family and friends they have left behind, but have not forgotten.

So Xoom, one of the leaders in the global money transfer business, decided it would be interesting to conduct a survey of its Filipino-American clients. Xoom asked the question: ‘Do you plan to send money to a loved one in the Philippines for Valentine’s Day?’

The majority of those who answered the survey, 36 percent, said yes, they would send money back home for Valentine’s Day. Only 28 percent said they didn’t plan to send money.

23
Jan

Will you watch the Miss Universe pageant on TV on Jan. 25?

There are some television shows that many people find irresistible, and that’s just fine. But on the other hand, there are also other TV shows that you wouldn’t even reach across the table for the channel clicker to watch them.

That’s sort of the fun of it, isn’t it? One of those television programs that could fall into either category is coming up. So Xoom, an international leader in the global money transfer business, thought it would be a good idea to take a survey of its clients and asked them, ‘Will you watch the Miss Universe pageant on TV on Jan. 25?’

It needs to be noted that Mary Jean Lastimosa, better known simply as MJ, holds the crown as the Philippines contestant and is considered one of the favorites to win the Miss Universe competition.

Some 40 percent of those who took part in the survey said no, they aren’t going to watch, but 30 percent said, sure, they would watch the Miss Universe pageant. And some of the respondents simply couldn’t make up their mind – 30 percent said they might watch it.

20
Jan

Do you think you can keep your New Year’s resolutions?

It’s virtually the same thing, over and over, and happens almost at the very instant that the New Year begins. You know the drill by now, so let’s get right to it. What’s your New Year’s Resolution?

Of course, the list from which to choose is long every time, but it includes the usual ideas: Lose weight, stop smoking, be a better person, walk away from the cookie jar.

Anyway, it’s this time of the New Year that prompted Xoom to start thinking about it all. So Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, decided to conduct an exclusive survey of its clients and asked this question: ‘Do you think you will keep your New Year’s Resolutions?’

That’s cutting right to the chase. The majority of those who took part in the survey, 37 percent, said yes, they would keep their resolutions, but interestingly enough, the next highest percentage, 33 percent, said they had no resolutions. But 26 said maybe and only four percent said they would not keep their New Year’s Resolutions.

31
Dec

What is your top New Year’s resolution?

What do you think about when you’re starting a new year? It’s more than just flipping the pages of a calendar. Some people have an annual ritual that takes place right about now and it involves some thinking and some planning and some ambition. You might even do what we’re talking about, too: New Year’s resolutions.

They often turn out hard to keep, but you’ve got to start somewhere, because if you’re just standing still, you’re falling behind. Xoom, an acknowledged global leader in the money transfer business, conducted an exclusive survey of its FilAm customers and asked about New Year’s resolutions. What’s at the top of the list?

An even 42 percent said their top New Year’s resolution was the stay fit and to eat healthy. And 17 percent said their primary resolution was to save more money. Another 12 percent of the respondents said their top New Year’s resolution was to spend more time with their loved ones, 10 percent said they wanted to manage stress better and 8 percent answered that their top New Year’s resolution was to drop some pounds and lose weight.

And one more thing: Happy New Year!

10
Dec

What Christmas gift will you give your loved ones in the Philippines?

One of the great pleasures at this time of year is the ‘gift’ of giving. Showing a token of your affection to the people that you’re close to is such a worthwhile act, and it’s appreciated in such a heartwarming manner. For sure, those on the receiving end of gifts, they clearly are feeling just as special to be remembered in such a thoughtful way. But at the same time, remember that gift-giving comes with some time constraints. You’ve got to shop and you’ve got to send.

Working one step ahead, Xoom decided to conduct a survey, asking its FilAm customers a seasonal question – What Christmas gift will you give your loved ones back home in the Philippines?

Xoom, a leader in the money transfer business, found out that the overwhelming top answer was money, from 82 percent who took part in the survey. Another 41 percent said their choice of Christmas gift for their loved ones was clothes or shoes or wearing apparel. Some 32 percent said they would give food to their friends and family in the Philippines and 14 percent answered that a greeting card was their choice of Christmas gift.