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6
May

What gifts will you give Mom on Mother’s Day?

How do we say thank you to our mothers? Probably the best way is to simply say it, then hug her and tell her you love her. But there are other ways to express your love for your mom, especially on her special day – and it’s coming up. Mother’s Day is May 10.

Sure, it’s customary to send gifts to moms on Mother’s Day, but what exactly does that include? The options are many. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, thought it would be interesting to conduct a survey of its Fil-Am customers and find out what kind of gifts moms will receive on Mother’s Day.

The most popular choice in the survey was to send a gift of money, so 42 percent of the respondents said that’s what they would send their mother. And there’s no better quick, safe and convenient way than Xoom to send money back home to mom for Mother’s Day.

Some others answered the survey in a different way: 30 percent said their Mother’s Day gift would be to take her out to a restaurant. Mom is getting flowers for a gift from 25 percent who answered the survey and 20 percent said a Mother’s Day card is the gift they’re giving to their mom.

24
Apr

Do you know what bitcoin is?

It has received a great deal of attention recently and if you follow the news reports coming from the financial sector, Bitcoin may actually be here to stay. You understand what Bitcoin is, right?

It’s no slight on you if you don’t, but since it is currency, Xoom thought it would be an interesting idea to ask some of its best Filipino customers about Bitcoin. Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey. Xoom simply asked, ‘Do you know what Bitcoin is?’

An overwhelming 69 percent of the respondents in the survey answered that they did not know what Bitcoin is, which means that 31 percent did know.

That number can’t be too surprising, especially if Bitcoin is not something that’s used regularly in everyday money transactions. In case you don’t know, or you just want to be refreshed about it, Bitcoin is a digital currency. It has encryptions that regulate the units and also to verify any transaction of the funds involved. In its usage, Bitcoin does not use a central bank.

10
Mar

Complete the phrase “Having a smart phone makes it …”

Is new technology too complicated or is it a valued and trusty tool to navigate through our complex modern world? Chances are you might be able to make a case either way.

But Xoom decided to look at the issue in another manner. Xoom, a leading money transfer provider, decided to conduct a survey of some of its clients to answer a very basic question. ‘Complete the phrase: Having a smart phone makes it . . . .’

So what do you think the answer was? What would your answer be?

According to those who took part in the survey, an overwhelming majority, 78 percent, said that having a smart phone makes it ‘easier to relax.’ But 22 percent answered that having a smart phone makes it ‘harder to relax.’

9
Mar

Xoom Expands Instant Money Transfer Service to Most Banks in Pakistan in Partnership with HBL

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 9, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, now offers instant deposits to most banks in Pakistan via HBL. Pakistanis in the U.S. can now use Xoom to instantly send money to their loved one’s rupee account anytime, anywhere, using any device. Xoom’s instant service is  available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including bank holidays.

Xoom has partnered with HBL, one of the the largest banks in Pakistan, to broaden its instant deposit service to most banks, including MCB Bank Limited, Allied Bank, Bank Alfalah, United Bank Limited (UBL), Standard Chartered Bank, and many more.

“When Xoom launched in 2001, our mission was to make international money transfers faster, easier, and more transparent,” said Julian King, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for Xoom. “Now, by expanding our instant deposit service to most banks throughout Pakistan, we’ve delivered on that promise to even more customers.”

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Mr. Hassan Raza, Group Head – Structured Credits & Global Remittance Business of HBL said, “I am delighted to announce HBL’s partnership with Xoom Corporation, where we are providing remittance services with instant credit to account holders of HBL and other banks in Pakistan. This is yet another milestone for HBL. We will continue to deliver the promise of providing HBL customers the ease and convenience of remitting money from US to their loved ones back in Pakistan.”

Xoom customers sending money to Pakistan can rely on secure, convenient, and cost-effective money transfers every day of the year – including bank holidays. When paying with their bank account, customers can send up to $1,000 for just $4.99, and transfers are fee-free for transactions over $1,000. They can also send money on the go with Xoom’s app for Android and iOS mobile devices. Visit Xoom.com/Pakistan for more information.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers to send money 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 atXoom.com.

About HBL
As Pakistan’s worldwide bank, HBL offers banking solutions to customers in 29 countries spanning across four continents. Its tradition of personalized service and capacity to respond to customer needs makes HBL the largest bank in the country for cross-border trade and remittances.

Through a robust network of 1,547 branches across Pakistan, HBL pursues financial inclusion with vigor. Its 1400+ ATM’s nationwide offer unmatched convenience. The bank maintains the lead in providing solutions through alternate delivery channels.

HBL continues to expand its franchise and enhance its capacity through a balanced approach to capital preservation and growth. At HBL, banking is offered beyond borders.

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.

18
Feb

Xoom Announces Instant Deposit and Cash Pickup Services with Banco Agrícola, the Largest Bank in El Salvador

Money can be deposited instantly into any Banco Agrícola account, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 9, 2015 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, and Banco Agrícola, the largest bank in El Salvador, have collaborated to offer instant bank deposits to all Banco Agrícola accounts, as well as a cash pickup service.  These new services allow Xoom customers to instantly send money directly into any Banco Agrícola account or have recipients pick up cash at more than 80 Banco Agrícola locations throughout El Salvador.

“Xoom is committed to providing ‘instant’ services, and we’re pleased to launch instant deposit with the largest bank in El Salvador,” said Julian King, Xoom’s Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development. “People can choose from two convenient ways to send money — instant deposit or cash pickup. Through our collaboration with Banco Agrícola, customers can rest assured that their loved ones can receive money without waiting or having to be mindful of cut-off times.  Xoom customers can send 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year from their computer, mobile phone, or tablet.”

Xoom customers can send money for cash pickup at any Banco Agrícola location, which are generally open Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

You can send money to El Salvador 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any internet connected device. From there, they can quickly and easily deposit money or send cash to any Banco Agrícola location.

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.