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Libby James
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Libby James is co-founder, director and an expert in all things merchant services. Libby is the go-to specialist for business with more complex requirements or businesses that are struggling to find a provider that will accept them. Libby is regularly cited in trade, national and international media.

Forex merchant account

Forex, also known as currency exchange, is where the worlds currencies trade. Daily trading volumes exceed five trillion dollars. The industry itself can be quite complex and deemed high risk by the majority of merchant account providers.

Why is foreign exchange payment processing deemed high risk?

Trading or converting Forex carries its own risks as the values of currency can change due to all sorts of external circumstances. Merchant accounts and Forex payment gateway providers will assess potential risk vs income before issuing an account. Due to the high-risk nature of the industry, you can expect to pay slightly higher merchant account fees.

Being a classed as a high risk merchant can mean that obtaining a suitable account for card processing can be rather tricky. Some mainstream suppliers may decline your application altogether. We work with specialist high risk brokers who can successfully place forex merchants, their experience means that your application will be packaged correctly and therefore more likely to be accepted.

Served notice by your current provider?

Our experts can help you find a more suitable payment processing solution. Merchant account providers are constantly balancing their risk, therefore pull away from industries if they have too many of a certain type or  risk bracket. Speak to us if you have had your account terminated.

High risk merchants with medium to high turnover should also look at having multiple merchant accounts, meaning that if you receive notice from one provider your business doesn’t have to stop trading until an alternative is found. Speak to us about your options today.


NOTE – Foreign exchange businesses require a license, please have this in place prior to applying for a merchant account.

Forex credit card processing

As briefly touched on, Forex merchants risk vs income is assessed on three main factors;


  • Approved license by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) – if you haven’t got a license you will be unable to apply for a merchant account.
  • Transaction statements, if you are an established business this will help when applying for Forex payment processing with a new provider, this can also have an effect on future rates and negotiations.
  • Monthly volume, as a rule of thumb the higher the monthly volume of card transactions to balance the risk the more favorable your application will be.

Forex payment gateways

Forex exchange and brokering accounts for a high percentage of ecommerce stores, with daily trade reaching trillions. When searching for the best payment gateway to support Forex payment processing, here’s what to have in mind


Payment gateway providers act as a safety net protecting your customers card details and ensuring the transactions that take place do not fall into the wrong hands.

Fraud prevention

In high risk sectors fraud far too common. Working with the correct payment gateway provider, will enable the risk of fraud to be kept to a minimum.

International payment processing

It’s a given really, but you will need a payment gateway that can support multiple currency payments.

Fast payments

Finding a gateway that supports a business moving as quickly as you are! You do not want to experience any down at critical and profitable moments.


How Merchant Advice Service can help

Merchant Advice Service work with industry experts to provide advice on all areas of foreign exchange payment processing. If you are looking for the following, speak with us today;

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Libby James

Libby James Co-founded Merchant Advice Service alongside David Bird in 2016. Her finance background, coupled with retail and customer service experience, gave Libby the drive to bring transparency and non-biased advice to the world of merchant services. Having come from the heavily regulated mortgage and insurance industry, Libby found it puzzling that other financial sectors lacked regulation and transparency leaving customers confused and unable to make informed decisions when it came to accepting card payments. This was soon to become Libby’s obsession!

With the help of some of the industry’s best, Libby began to research acquiring banks, complex terminology/regulation, and the problems customers experience within merchant services and payment gateway markets. She spent years on sourcing solutions for complex clients, which previously others were unable to assist with. Libby established relationships with brokers and banks which would soon form the cornerstone of Merchant Advice Service. As a result Libby has been featured in high-profile publications across the web.

Libby is proud to be the entrepreneur’s champion, supporting start-up businesses regularly. Her industry insights can often be found on LinkedIn where she provides free of charge advice and money saving pointers. It’s safe to say she has her finger on the pulse of everything card payments related.

Libby speaks of her experience in founding and running Merchant Advice Service…

‘Merchant Advice Service is one of my greatest achievements to date. We help business owners to overcome card processing issues which can become detrimental to their business. We assist SME’s in finding suitable card payments solutions, helping them create their vision. Each and every day is different, exciting and fore filling. As technology advances I can’t wait to see the way in which the merchant services market advances, and I’m pleased that our business will play a part in educating company owners along the way.’

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