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You can now exchange as little as £5000 with freemarket!

You can now exchange as little as £5000 with freemarket!

Until recently, the minimum size of an FX transaction with freemarket was £10,000. Now that we’ve been doubling our volumes QOQ throughout 2016, it seems only fair that we halve our minimum transaction size and offer our services to even smaller SMEs.

The Money Changer and His Wife

The Money Changer and His Wife

In 1514, Flemish renaissance artist Quentin Matsys produced the above painting and called it The Money Changer and His Wife. As is so often the case, Matsys was ahead of his time – if not stylistically, then in the prescient nuance of his social commentary.

The ecstasy and peril of exponential growth

The ecstasy and peril of exponential growth

Without wanting to toot our own trumpets too vociferously, we’re extremely proud to announce that freemarket has doubled its volumes quarter on quarter throughout 2016.

Hidden messages in currency

Hidden messages in currency

Over time, there have been many instances of microtext being used on banknotes as a security measure, in an attempt to make them more difficult to counterfeit. More interestingly, however, the Bank of England has recently taken a Willy Wonka-esque, golden ticket approach to releasing their new five pound notes. They’ve selected just four fivers to be engraved with a micro-image by esteemed micro-artist Graham Short.

freemarket: our New Year's resolutions!

freemarket: our New Year’s resolutions!

Why not take the New Year as an opportunity to look at what you’re already doing well, and promise yourself to continue doing it well – if not even better?

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Currency!

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Currency!

In the mid-1800s, there was a curious enthusiasm among local banks in the US for printing Christmas and Santa Claus-themed banknotes. Looking at them now, they tell a fascinating story of the folkloric evolution of the Father Christmas we have all come to know and love.

The most interesting currency news of 2016

The most interesting currency news of 2016

2016 has been a year of many exciting currency news stories – but also the year that the precise extent to which supposedly reputable banks have been fleecing small businesses on currency exchanges became horrifyingly clear.

It's a Wonderful Life: the power of small business

It’s a Wonderful Life: the power of small business

A nuanced celebration of SMEs’ power to tailor their services more closely to customers, while standing up to frequently unscrupulous banking practices.

Jimmy the Coin: Café Currency

Jimmy the Coin: Café Currency

In Episode 2 of the Jimmy the Coin series, Jimmy vows to take action against his corrupt bank, with the help of a mysterious stranger.

The Fly: what teleportation gone wrong tells us about hidden fees

The Fly: what teleportation gone wrong tells us about hidden fees

The 1986 sci-fi horror classic The Fly tells the story of brilliant inventor Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) as he attempts to perfect teleportation pods that he believes will make it possible to transport humans instantly from one place to another.