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Why do large notes exist? [closed]

Why do the €200 and €500 notes exist? From what I read, they are mainly popular in organised crime. Most currencies do not have such large notes. Some eurozone predecessor currencies did — is that ...
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How much is one “lot” of EUR/USD?

In a foreign exchange market, what is the meaning of buying 1 lot (100K) of EUR/USD? Does that mean we have USD 100K, and we are exchanging it for Euro? Or do we have EUR 100K, and we are exchanging ...
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Why US market is falling due to greece fear? [migrated]

I'm kind of curious to learn why US markets are falling due to Greece - Eurozone crisis. US had almost no exposure to Greece bonds and the fear of Grexit and the future of Euro has made the investors ...
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How important is the beneficiary field in a bank transfer in the Euro zone?

When doing a bank transfer in Germany (and probably by now other countries that have Euro with IBAN and BIC) you have to give a beneficiary. In German, that is either called Kontoinhaber or ...
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Limit on hard cash exchange (EURO -> USD) in USA

Say I have 8500 euros as hard cash in USA. Can I just walk into a bank and deposit it in my account as US dollars? Is there a limit on how much hard cash I can exchange at once in the states?
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Paying cash into a EUR account in Italy (or another EU state)

I am in Turin, Italy and I have some cash (EUR) that I would like to pay into my EUR account in a non-Italian bank (Polish in this case). The bank takes SEPA transfers. What is the cheapest and/or ...
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What are my options to make my money work for me?

I came to this site because I want to see what are my options with my current situation. I should start by saying that I am from Serbia and I possess no other citizenship. I have recently finished ...
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Loan to buy a real estate in Germany

Today I have a question about home-loans: I started saving money to raise a small capital in order to submit a request for a loan and since I am totally new to this topic (and some language barriers ...
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Buying Euros in a Canadian Trading Account

The Euro is trending low, and I have long term plans which might involve living there. I have a German girokonto (which costs me an outrageous Eur5/mo to hold), but no European trading account. ...
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Travelling abroad: is EUR or USD card better?

I live in Poland. Recently, banks have raised fees for card payments in foreign currency. I've heard that a good way to go around it is to buy USD and pay using it (except for eurozone and UK). But ...
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How to know when to buy british pound

I will have to pay a tuition fee of 6000 British Pound by the end of August and I own Euros. How can I decide if I should convert my currency now or if I should wait a few months. I have absolutely no ...
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What is a reasonable International Bank Draft Fee for cashing a cheque in Sweden from a friend in Scotland?

I have received an Internation Bank Draft from a friend in Scotland, made out in Swedish Kroner. I went to my bank here in Sweden and they said it would cost around 60 Euro to cash the cheque which is ...
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How to make use of EUR/USD fluctuations in my specific case?

I live in the Euro zone, and my main bank account is here. However, I also have a USD bank account located in the USA. I don't usually pay attention to the currency exchange market, but looking at ...
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Investing in USD from the Eurozone (Jan 2015)

A local economics professor recommended opening a "checking account" (forex account?) in USD with euros. He estimates a 5 to 10% yearly growth in the EURO value of such an account. For instance, ...
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Is there a reason why someone shouldn't buy into a temporarily cheap currency of an otherwise solid economy?

As everyone knows, the ruble is falling compared to the euro and it has been falling for a long time already. The way I see it, the ruble will eventually get back up once the political situation ...
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Earning in a declining currency but foreign currency liabilities, what strategy assuming exchange rates continue to decline?

I earn in euros, but have sterling and dollar liabilities that need to be paid monthly. Assuming the euro will continue to decline against these currencies, is there anything I can do to protect or ...
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Why are exchange rates fixed for prolonged periods of time? [closed]

Sometimes I see the following pattern when observing the history of an exchange rate: That is for several days the exchange rate becomes constant. What causes this? My best guess is that some ...
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fastest way to move USD to EUR

I have the following situation wrt revenue from online business that I transact funds are coming in to my PayPal account in EUR & USD funds are coming in (currently) via a US payment provider in ...
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UK - How to receive payments in euros

My father as a business based in UK, but works mainly in Europe, receiving payments in euros. His bank is HSBC that, apart from charging £8 for each transfer, applies a "custom" exchange rate (i.e. ...
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How do I cash a USD cheque in Europe, quickly?

I'll receive a USD cheque shortly. I prefered payment by money transfer, but all attempts to do so - i.e. SWIFT/IBAN, Payoneer, transferwise - failed. Now I will receive a cheque by mail. I contacted ...
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Can shop in EU refuse to accept a banknote if there is no change?

Is it legal for large retail store to refuse e.g. 200 Euro banknote if there is no change? If this differs among EU countries, Estonia is of primary interest. Thanks!
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Using a FOREX platform to actually change money

Does anyone know of a FOREX trading platform, on which both GBP and EUR are traded and which allows withdrawals in a different currency from the original deposit? (Just found out forex.com only ...
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What are the details needed to receive euros from my company in Germany to a bank account in India

I want to receive Euros from my company in Germany to my savings bank account (HDFC) in India where I work. What are the exact details I have to give to my company in Germany? My company's bank is ...
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Is EUR/USD exchange rate usually unstable after a weekend?

Is it risky to initiate a wire transfer that includes currency conversion from USD to EUR during a weekend because of a volatile Mondays exchange rates?
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Validity of Visa Electron abroad

I have a Visa Electron card: debit, non-embossed, French, being a "REALYS" and "CB" as well. I would like to ask what is the validity of such card abroad in cash machines (namely in the Czech ...
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How can I pay off my school loans (denominated in dollars) with Euros without an exchange fee?

I will soon begin earning an income in Europe and paying off school loans in the U.S. Any way to do this without paying an extra exchange fee?
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Can I receive payments (EUROS) from my International clients in my savings bank account in India for my business services

I am starting a small international outbound sales campaign and will be selling my web development services. 100% payment will be received in Euros through wire transfers in a bank account or through ...
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Move from Stockholm to Ireland

I live in Sweden but plan to move back to Ireland in a number of years. When I can't say exactly but hopefully within 5 years. I'm 32 years of age, with a wife and 2 children. We earn 70k euros ...
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How can a beginner start an investment portfolio in Europe (France)?

I have been lurking, reading information about personal finances for a few months (if not years) now, but I didn't get the chance to start because I don't know where to start. Here is the thing: I am ...
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Most expeditious way to convert EUR to USD?

I recently visited Frankfurt for a week and was lucky enough to have in my possession: a) A credit card with no foreign transaction fees b) A debit card from a credit union that allows free global ...
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I’m going to Russia. Where should I exchange my currency?

Is it better to go abroad with euros? What is the best kind of place to exchange currency?
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Nonresident Travel Money (Card or Bank Account) Solution with Emergency Cash Feature in Euros?

I'm from the new EU so my country's banks are not that advanced that they can offer me this feature. So this will be a nonresident account for travel money. The solution I am looking for is like ...
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Why are prices in EUR for consumer items often the same number as original USD price, but the GBP price applies the actual exchange rate?

Since my store started accepting EUR payments in 2002 I often see the numerically same EUR price as the original USD price. Many international suppliers, stores, e-shops offer the same items in US ...
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Why did the Swiss National Bank fix the EUR/CHF exchange rate at CHF 1.20?

Two questions actually: Why did the Swiss National Bank fix the EUR/CHF exchange rate at EUR 1 = CHF 1.20 as of September 2011? How are they making sure that the exchange rate stays at CHF 1.20? ...
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How do I evaluate risk exposure to my U.K. bank in light of the possible collapse of the Euro or Eurozone economies?

I understand there are concerns about runs on banks in Eurozone countries like Greece and Spain. Should this happen, it might put pressure on banks elsewhere. How can I evaluate the risk exposure of ...
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How to change a large quantity of U.S. dollars into Euros?

What is the best way to change $30,000 dollars from the U.S., into Euros to Europe ? Is an international bank account the best solution? If not, then what?
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Short term savings

I want to save about €1500 ($2000) in 5-7 months and then take out the money and buy something specific. There is a pretty low probability that I should need some of it during the first 4 months, but ...
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What are the risks of euro deposit accounts in Greek and Cypriot banks?

What is the risk of having 100k euro in accounts in Greek banks and Cypriot banks? Is there a guarantee? I assume that the state guarantee for deposits doesn't hold when a country defaults.
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Money transfer to the U.K

Has anyone used a peer-to-peer option for sending money abroad? I pay a mortgage in the U.K. and am looking at the likes of CurrencyFair or Transferwise to exchange my Euro. Are there any hidden ...
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Could I use credit default swaps (CDS) to protect myself against decline of the Euro? Or, what else?

I'm not sure what will happen to the Euro. What options do I have to assure that my capital will not be diminished, in the event something bad does happen to the Euro? Are credit default swaps (CDS) ...
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When is the right time to convert Canadian dollars to Euros during a sabbatical abroad?

I'm planning a one-year sabbatical in Europe, starting in January 2012. I have a year's worth of expenses saved in Canadian dollars. I'll need euros for day-to-day transactions while abroad. What ...
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How do I prepare for the possible inflation of the euro?

Lately there's been a lot of fear being spread about the health of the Euro. I am not panicking, but I'm a bit worried about my savings. So here's my question. What is the best way to prepare for the ...
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Why do the 1 and 2 euro cent coins exist and why are they used?

Let's say I go to the supermarket. I buy some milk priced at 2.34 €; at the cash I'm expected to either give 2.34 € (not 2.30 €) or give 2.35 € and wait for the 1 cent change. If I say I don't want ...
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How to send money from europe to usa EUR - USD? [closed]

What's the best way for transferring money from Europe to the USA and vice-versa? By best I mean lowest fees and a good exchange rate. To the best of my knowledge banks are usually bad with both. I ...
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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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How to make money from a downward European market?

The trader Alessio Rastani speaks in a BBC interview about the development of the Euro zone and his predictions are quite severe. He predicts a crash within the next 12 months but is also telling ...
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What will be the long term impact of the newly defined minimum exchange rate target from francs to euro?

Switzerland's central bank stepped in to stop investors driving up the franc on Tuesday, sending the euro up nearly 9 percent and stifling a tentative European stock recovery from sharp losses a day ...
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Using Euros to buy and sell NASDAQ stocks

I'm looking for the best way to buy and sell stock on the NASDAQ using Euros from Spain. I currently use Charles Schwab to trade in US dollars, but I'm not aware if any similar companies exist in ...
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How can a person protect his savings against a country default?

I'm a middle-class citizen, currently living in a EU country (Greece in my case). How can I protect my little savings (that I currently have in a Greek bank) against a country default, like the one ...
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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 ...