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How do I minimize exchange rate spread costs when shopping online?

I get my income in euros. I need to pay for stuff in USD because I use shops like Dealextreme where the base currency is USD. I have a Visa Debit card (so not a real Visa) since I am a student but ...
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TD Waterhouse and USD/CAD conversion in TFSA account, or US money market fund?

I spoke to TD Waterhouse about conversion rates from CAD to USD in my TFSA account. They suggested if I want to avoid going back and forth with currency conversion, that they can put it into a USD ...
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What's the difference between Currencies and FX desks at investment banks?

I'm interested in working within FX in an investment bank, but I noticed that they listed Currencies and FX separately under Fixed Income, so I'm wondering if they actually refer to different things. ...
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Do currencies that are invested on belong to real assets or financial assets?

When considering investments in currency, I wonder if currency belongs to real assets or financial assets, and why? Thanks! Note: I learned that assets are divided into real assets and financial ...
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How do you go about buying currency futures for foreign currencies?

I was interested in buying currency futures for some foreign currencies. How do you go about getting these? I am looking for 6 to 12 month futures.
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Does the currency exchange rate contain any additional information at all?

Pretty often I hear someone saying stuff like "The pound is worth more than the US Dollar" or "The Kiwi Dollar is worth less than the Euro". Well, technically it is correct that 1 pound buys me more ...
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Does gold's value decrease over time due to the fact that it is being continuously mined?

As one can see here ( How fast does the available amount of gold in the world increase due to mining? ), available amount of gold is increasing. That sounds similar to printing more money. I ...
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How can I determine the exchange rate and fees that were applied to an international wire transfer?

I received a wire transfer from Europe a while ago. The money was sent as EUR and converted into USD by HSBC. Since the incoming transaction showed an amount that was around 3% less than expected, I ...
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Best / cheapest way to exchange USD for foreign currency cash?

I'm considering taking a trip abroad in a few months, and would like to exchange a moderate amount of money (say less than $2,500) into a couple of currencies (probably 60% Euro, 30% GBP, 10% ...
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How to trade “exotic” currencies?

Most Forex brokers only offer trading of the major currency pairs -- USD/EUR, USD/AUD, etc. What is the best way to trade more "exotic" currencies such as the Brazilian real and the Thai baht?
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Why is seigniorage different for paper notes and coins?

Wikipedia defines Seigniorage for paper notes and metal coins. Why is seigniorage for paper money not just face value - production cost? I can understand using just the interest rate in the age of the ...
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Why don't banks print their own paper money / bank notes?

The fractional reserve system benefits the banks immensely, according to the documentaries I’ve been watching recently. However, I began wondering why they don’t get into the paper business too. If ...
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If Greece decides to stop using the Euro, how would they implement it?

In particular, if they decide that they want to stop using the Euro as their currency, and have their own currency, how would that work? Since greece euros are the same as other european country's ...
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How can I check whether old foreign currency paper bills or coins still have value / considered legal tender?

Collectible value aside, let's say I have some old currency – bank notes and coins – from another country, perhaps acquired from a relative who visited many years ago. In the case of ...
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What can I do to take advantage of a strong currency?

Australia's dollar is currently cruising higher against the greenback. Currently it is around 1.09 cents compared to about 60 cents mid 2009. What can someone do to benefit from this situation? Is ...
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Why did Japan's currency value increase after the tsunami?

Why is it that Japan's currency went up after the tsunami? Dollars to Yen After March 11th, the dollar to yen ratio drops until the 16th. What causes the value of currency to rise as the stock ...
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How do I find a broker that is good at providing forex trading (i.e. foreign exchange / currency)?

How do I find a broker that is good at providing forex trading (i.e. foreign exchange / currency)? Where should I look to learn about what brokers have in terms of brokerage, leverage, and software ...
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How is exchange rate calculated?

assume that there is a very new island-country called xland. they decide to name their currency xdollar and there is 1000 xdollars in circulation. the very first foreigner comes and wants to exchange ...
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Does Reuters provide the 4pm London Spot rate for currencies?

The 4pm London spot rate is supposedly the standard, but I'm having trouble finding out if that's what I'm getting from Reuters. First, I understand that currencies don't have just one exchange rate, ...
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If I invest in securities denominated in a foreign currency, should I hedge my currency risk?

If I live in the US and most of my expenses are in US Dollars, I consider the US dollar to be my base currency and look at the performance of my portfolio on a US Dollar basis. If I invest in a fund ...
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Is there a comparison site for foreign money exchange vendors?

Is there a comparison site for foreign money exchange vendors? When I travel internationally, I find that some of the vendors can charge different types of commissions and the rates vary wildly. ...
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How can I cash out my prepaid cell phone?

As a very frugal person, I have a prepaid phone plan that costs $100 a year. For the past two years, I've spent roughly $50 of that each year. As long as I renew the plan with another $100 every year, ...
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Sites to obtain historical chart of currency exchange rates?

Besides Yahoo Finance, is there any site where I can obtain history chart of currency exchange, for cross comparison purpose? (As I realize British Pound against my country currency is the lowest ...
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What would happen if the Euro currency went bust?

Seems to be a lot in the news recently (Google Business news UK) discussing that the euro currency may not survive. They suggested it has a 1/5 chance of surviving the next decade. What would ...
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What does the Fed do with the extra money it is printing? [closed]

Last month I read some news about the Fed printing money to devalue the U.S. Dollar compared to other currencies. But what do they do with this extra money?
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Foreign currency conversion for international visitors to ecommerce web site?

It is really not personal finance question but I haven't found a more appropriate place for it. My question is about currency conversion. Let's imagine I have two prices for one item: Russian shop: ...
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Which U.S. banks offer Euro currency bank accounts? [closed]

Same as this question, but for the USA.
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What is a “fiat” currency? Are there other types of currency?

I've seen the term "fiat currency" in another question. What is a fiat currency? Are there other types of currency?
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How can I invest in country A to take advantage of their great interest rate while I live in country B?

If I live in the US, for example, where current interest rates are practically nil, how can I take advantage of the fact that interest rates in Australia are almost 5%?
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Why doesn't Japan just divide the Yen by 100?

At the moment £1 is 131 Yen, so why doesn't Japan just divide everything by 100, (chop off 2 0s) to bring it more inline with other currencies?
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Iraqi Dinars. Bad Investment, or Worst Investment?

Some family members are getting excited about investing in Iraqi Dinars. I'm pretty sure it's not a great idea. What are the best online resources for or against this idea?
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What exactly happens to Euro if one of European Union countries goes bankrupt?

What happens if one of the European Union countries goes bankrupt? Suppose I have money (bank deposits at local banks) in US dollars, Euros and local currency (I'm not in the US). Now one of EU ...
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What is the best way to access money in the UK while living and working in Germany?

I'm a self-employed Brit living and working in Germany, but virtually all of my clients are still in the UK and so pay me by BACS into my Nationwide UK current account in pounds Sterling. I've been ...
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Do you know of any online monetary systems?

I'm actually looking for something that would resemble a monetary system of a sovereign country. The value of its currency would be somewhat independent of, say the dollar. If there was a more stable ...
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What Is The Most Reliable Source For Getting Real Time Exchange Rates?

What is the most reliable and up-to-date source for getting world currency exchange rates?
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Why could the serious financial woes of some EU member states lead to the end of the Euro?

I've been reading a lot about the impending bankruptcy of Ireland/Portugal/Spain etc. and how this could mean the end of the Euro. I cannot connect the dots here. Why would this mean the demise of ...
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Why does Currency Carry Trade work?

I understand the Carry Trade mechanism, but I wonder why it works, or why it doesn't work. Interest Rates Each currency has an interest rate associated with it. The Yen (JPY) has historically had a ...
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Why would a central bank or country not want their currency to appreciate against other currencies?

From Investopedia: Pegged Rates: Pegging occurs when one country directly fixes its exchange rate to a foreign currency so that the country will have somewhat more stability than a normal ...
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Best way to buy Japanese yen for travel?

Going to Japan in about a week, and I'm looking for ways to buy Japanese yen. In Australia, it's pretty nuts. If you exchange money from them, they'll charge you 5-6% above the mid rate of the ...
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How to get rid of spare change

So I have about $50 in pennies, dimes and nickels. What would you do with it? I'm asking because I don't think spending hours rolling up the change and taking it to the bank is the best/most ...
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How common is counterfeit money in circulation?

I've noticed recently that several places where I paid with a $20 bill, the cashiers used a small marker to detect whether the bill was counterfeit or not before accepting it. Like so: I saw this ...
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Are there any countries where citizens are free to use any currency?

It seems like most countries restrict the citizens to the use of the government currency for exchanging goods. I'm not a world traveler so maybe there is a country where this is not the case. Does ...
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Does anyone have experience with Community Exchange Systems?

I am interested to know if anyone has participated in a Community Exchange System, where the currency of exchange of goods and services is completely information-based - in other words, there is not ...
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Looking for online sources for historical currency data / exchange rates. Recommendations?

Is there any online service that provides (in any format whatsoever) historical foreign exchange rates, with bid/ask values? Intra-day would be preferred, but end-of-day is also of interest.
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Do Americans really use checks that often?

That might sound a bit silly to people from USA but is it really that common to use checks in America? I am from Austria and here (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) checks play practically no role in ...
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Should I stockpile nickels?

As the US dollar continues to be devauled the metal content value of US coins will eventually be worth more than the face value of the coins. There use to be silver in US coins but due to the ...
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Are you preparing for a possible dollar (USD) collapse? (How?)

After the last crisis it was easy for many to look back and say all the signs were there to indicate an impending crisis. Super-low interest rates from the FED, no down-payment loans, interest-only ...
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What happened to the $1 coin in US?

The US, like Canada tried to introduce a $1 coin awhile back to reduce minting costs of the $1 paper bill. This was successful in Canada but not so much in the States. Why was it not widely adopted? ...
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What is the least valuable unit of actively used currency that is coined or printed?

Another question about the potential for giving up on pennies made me wonder. What is the smallest (in terms of value) unit of currency that has a minted coin or printed bill that is in active use ...
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I've heard pennies are being phased out in Canada. Is this true?

If so, will it affect how retailers price items? Will they round up?