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16
Jun

The World’s Best Player and Argentina’s Brightest Star

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He’s the world’s best player and he’s Argentina’s brightest star, but that doesn’t mean Lionel Messi doesn’t have anything to worry about. Because he does. Messi is still in the shadow of the great Maradona, who almost single-handedly delivered a World Cup victory for Argentina in 1986. Messi needs a World Cup to prove his status on the biggest stage in football.  He just moved a step closer.

“I know I have a responsibility, especially as captain, to the people of Argentina, but I try not to let the pressure get to me,” Messi said recently.

But the pressure is real. Argentina flamed out in the quarterfinals in the last two World Cups, in 2006 and 2010, and they desperately need the 26-year-old Messi, their goal-scoring machine, to come through. Messi scored only one goal in those two disappointing World Cups, but scoring hasn’t been much of problem for him – at least in qualifying. He had 10 goals in 14 games leading up to the World Cup.

And Messi did not disappoint from his position in the spotlight in Argentina’s World Cup Group F opener against Bosnia-Herzegovina, scoring what turned out to be the winning goal in the 65th minute of a 2-1 Argentine victory.

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16
Jun

Radamel Falcao Has Been the Star Player for Colombia

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Radamel Falcao has been the star player for Colombia. But at the World Cup, center-forward Falcao has a different role. He’s the star cheerleader. Because he tore a knee ligament and had surgery in January, Falcao can’t play in Brazil, but he can encourage his Colombian teammates on the sideline.

Veteran former captain Luis Perea is also injured and will join Falcao on the sideline. They must have liked what they saw in Colombia’s first match.

Earning a reputation for fielding its best group of attackers in years, Colombia got off to a quick start in its first Group C match with a 3-0 victory over Greece. And Colombia still has a scoring star besides Falcao – Teofilo Gutierrez, who contributed a goal against Greece and is a danger whenever he’s in contact with the ball.

Relentlessly aggressive, Colombia, is just as strong when it doesn’t have the ball.

Coach Jose Pekerman said it’s obvious Colombia would like to have Falcao healthy and playing, but that’s not the reality. “We want to look forward,” Pekerman said.

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9
Jun

How much do you spend per week commuting?

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Too many people spend too much time not doing too much when they’re commuting to work. Certainly, traveling to and from work is not the most pleasant part of most workers’ days. Some commuters may have an easier trip than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s free.

Commuting to work costs money, sometimes plenty of it, which is part of the reason that commuting is not generally regarded as such a great experience.

The cost factor cuts across all lines of commuting and simply can’t be ignored.

So how much do you spend every week traveling to and from work? Global money transfer company heavyweight Xoom wanted to find out, so it conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and broke down the issue into something we all understand: Money.

Up to $25 every week was the answer for 53 percent of the respondents and 27 percent said their commuting costs were from $26-$50 a week.

As it turns out, those costs were on the low end. A full 11 percent who answered the survey said they paid between $51-$100 a week to commute to work. And four percent said they paid between $100-150 or more than $150 a week.

29
May

Have you ever shopped online?

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Remember when the only way to purchase a washing machine or a book or a record or clothes or light bulbs or a sofa was to go to a store? Of course you do. Buying goods from the person standing in front of you was the way you did it, because there wasn’t really any other dominant choice.

So very long ago, right? The Internet changed everything as far as shopping and commerce go, just as it’s impacted a great deal of how we live our lives, enjoy entertainment, connect with friends and find out the answers to our questions.

Shopping at stores is still an option, but the availability and quantity of online shopping opportunities seems to be gaining in popularity almost daily.

Xoom, one of the world’s leaders in the business of digital money transfer, conducted a survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked this question: “Have you ever shopped online?”

The results were, of course, overwhelming. A resounding 89 percent of the respondents in the survey said yes. Only 11 percent said they had not shopped online.

Isn’t that just about the answer that you would have expected? What would your answer be?

28
May

Xoom Announces Instant Deposit Service to Punjab National Bank in India

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Xoom’s revolutionary technology expands its instant deposit network to one of the largest banks in India

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 27, 2014 — Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, is offering instant deposits to Punjab National Bank accounts in India.

This breakthrough service allows Xoom customers to instantly deposit money directly into their recipients’ Punjab National Bank accounts in India in less than a minute. Instant deposit is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, except during a maintenance window from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. IST on Sundays.

“Xoom is tirelessly working towards providing a fast service for our customers and we are thrilled to announce this expansion of our instant deposit bank network in India,” said Julian King, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for Xoom. “This is great news for people who send money to Punjab National Bank accounts, who otherwise typically have to wait five days or more to access their funds. Through our expanded instant service, NRIs can send money anytime, anywhere from their computer, mobile phone or tablet and their bank deposits reach their recipients’ Punjab National Bank accounts in less than a minute.”

“This revolutionary service marks another milestone in our deep and long standing partnership with Xoom and its subsidiary buyindiaonline,” said Mr. K. Thyagarajan, General Manager, International Banking, Punjab National Bank. He further added, “We are pleased to offer instant deposit  to Punjab National Bank accounts for customers who send money from the U.S. to India and  look forward to bringing a whole new world of convenience and flexibility to our account holders.”

Xoom provides great locked-in exchange rates for money transfers to India, and there is no fee when customers send more than $1,000 and pay with their U.S.-based bank account. Plus, Xoom continues to provide fast bank deposits within four hours to all other banks in India, including to NRE and NRO accounts, when sent during bank processing hours in India.

Customers can also download the Xoom App for Android and iPhone devices for free.

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.

19
May

Plan on Sending Money for those going back to school?

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That time of year is rolling around again, possibly quicker than some kids want and yet they’re probably still really excited about it even if they won’t admit it. Yes, it’s three very big words:  Back-to-School. It’s coming right up and no child can return to school unprepared, so back-to-school shopping is in full force.

Of course, the expenses can pile up, which makes it a very good time to help out.

Xoom, a leading digital money transfer provider, conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked its clients if they planned to send money to someone in the Philippines for Back-to-School expenses.

Nearly half of the respondents in the survey, 49 percent, said they intend to send money back home to lend a hand in Back-to-School expenses. Meanwhile, 27 percent answered that they were not planning to send money, and 24 percent in the survey said they were not yet sure.

Schoolchildren probably think more about seeing their schoolmates again instead of how they’re getting a fresh start for a brand new year of learning in the classroom. But their parents also keep an eye on the bottom line, and Xoom is there to make it easy for friends and family to help out their loved ones.

13
May

Xoom Upgrades Mobile Money Transfer App to Enable Full Sending Experience

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With $1.5 billion in mobile volume processed in the past 12 months, Xoom is poised for further growth.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 13, 2014 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, today announced a major upgrade to the Xoom App that allows Xoom customers to sign up and send money from their mobile devices to friends and family members instantly at the outset, not only to existing recipients.

Since its launch in June 2013, Xoom repeat customers have been using the Xoom App to send money to their existing recipients. Now, in a few simple steps, Xoom’s new App release allows money senders to sign up and send money to someone new for the first time — in addition to any existing recipients – using iOS or Android mobile devices. To send to new recipients, users provide information about how much to send, recipient details and method of payment and then the money is on its way.

Repeat Xoom customers continue to enjoy the Xoom App for best-in-class mobile money transfer. The Xoom App is unique in its simplicity, allowing Xoom customers to complete a “Quick Send” in seconds to their existing recipients in a novel “one tap and one swipe” technique.

In the 12 months ending March 31, 2014, Xoom processed $1.5 billion in mobile volume and in Q1-2014, 45 percent of Xoom transactions were sent via mobile devices.

“The App upgrade presents a tremendous opportunity for Xoom,” said Joe Raymond, Xoom’s Vice President of Product. “In keeping with our mission of creating a seamless customer experience across our platform, our upgrade will make it faster and easier for new users to send money for the first time directly from the Xoom App, a major step forward for our mobile offering. We believe this enhanced customer experience will make it even easier for new users to send money to friends and family.”

Xoom offers customers a Spanish-language experience on its App, desktop and mobile sites and via Xoom’s 24-hour customer care center.  In addition to fast and simple money transfers on-the-go, Xoom customers can use the App to track the status of their money transfer as their money moves to their loved ones.  Other key features of the Xoom App include the ability to review Xoom’s low fees, check exchange rates, contact customer service and access links to other Xoom services.

The Xoom App is available at the Apple AppStore and Google Play.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 relating to, among other things, Xoom’s business expectations, including, but not limited to, its expectations regarding its market demand and products. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of Xoom’s management as of the date of this press release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on information available to Xoom as of the date thereof, and Xoom disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: Xoom’s failure to attract new customers or retain existing customers; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; competitive pricing and marketing strategies by competitors; declines in customer confidence in its business or in money transfer providers generally; the adoption of mobile phones and devices to access information on the Internet and use of its services; and other risks and uncertainties.

For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including but not limited to Xoom’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and any subsequently filed reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. All documents are available through the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”) at www.sec.gov or Xoom’s website at Xoom.com.

12
May

What’s most important when choosing a smartphone or tablet?

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If you’re in the market for electronic devices – and if you aren’t now, you surely will be – there are so many choices that might make you feel overwhelmed.  But just as surely as there are many ways to go, there are also many options out there that are important and will help you make the decision that’s best for you.

So what’s most important when choosing a smartphone or a tablet? Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, recently conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers to find out.

The kind of operating system the device uses was the most important reason to 26 percent who answered the survey.  App capabilities and brand were the most important reason chosen by 18 percent in the survey, while 15 percent said it was the price of the smartphone or tablet.

The life of the battery was the most important reason for 10 percent of the respondents and five percent said the size of the screen was the deciding issue.

What’s most important to you?  Maybe it’s best to take into account all of the reasons that make selecting a smartphone or tablet important.  You’re the one that’s going to be using it, after all.