Oftentimes all the companies we want to invest in aren’t listed on the same exchange nor are they traded in the same currency. This means you may need to be able to convert and hold currencies you don’t normally otherwise need.
This can be a painful and costly hurdle to jump in trying to send and convert your money to the right currency, with others often charging high transaction fees and hidden spreads in conversion rates offered.
This is not true for Lightyear customers. All of our users have access to multi-currency accounts and can hold money in three currencies, GBP, USD and EUR. Where eligible*, you’ll receive your own unique account details for each and be able to instantly convert between them.
These accounts are free. There are no one-off or monthly charges to open them or to deposit, hold and withdraw funds. We charge a transparent fee for conversion and give you the interbank (also known as mid-market) exchange rate.
As we expand our product, we’ll increase the currencies available in our multi-currency accounts as well.
*See our “What services do you offer and who is eligible?” article to find out which account details you’re eligible to receive and any associated conversion fees for your region.