This tag is to be used for any question related to rates between 2 pairs of currencies. If the question is generic, only this tag is sufficient. If its specific for a pair of currencies, ideally both the currency tags should also be used.

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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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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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Online Foreign Exchange Brokerages: Which ones are good & reputable for smaller trades?

I've been recently looking at some of the online (electronic) foreign exchange brokerages out there, mainly out of curiosity. However, swamped by the choice, and despite having a somewhat decent idea ...
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WSJ article about CFDs - am I missing something?

In this WSJ article, it comments Traders held a net $22.6 billion in bets that the dollar will appreciate, a gain of 31% in net wagers over the previous week and the largest such position since ...
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When and how should I pay taxes on ForEx trades?

I am an Israeli citizen. I've bought BitCoin (let us agree for sake of discussion it is a currency) using US dollars. Let's also assume I never convert the bitcoins to any other currency (but instead ...
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How do currency markets work? What factors are behind why currencies go up or down?

How do currency markets work? What factors are behind why currencies go up or down? What roles do governments, central banks, institutions, and traders have in the process?
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FOREX: Pair Trading, What is Really Happening?

I am starting to study FOREX again and one thing about trading on the market through means available to me personally is that one can take positions on 'currency pairs'. This has made little sense to ...
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When paying with card abroad is it best to pay in local or home currency?

Often when paying for something abroad using a credit or debit card I'm given the choice to pay in my home currency (GBP) or in the local currency (e.g. I'm on holiday in Thailand so THB). Which ...
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How can a U.S. citizen open a bank account in Europe?

Since interest rates are higher in the Euro zone than in the U.S., I'm exploring the possibility of opening a European bank account. For example, IND Direct is offering 3.5% on a 12-month CD, whereas ...
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Should I do my budgeting in dollars?

I'm from India and earn in Indian Rupees. Should I do the math on my finances in USD? The reason I ask this question is because INR lost value recently - quite a bit. So, for example, would it be ...
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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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What is the best way of transferring money from American to Canadian bank?

I am a Canadian that will be working in US for some time. I will still have Canadian bills to pay, so I would need to regularly transfer US dollars from some US bank to my Canadian bank account in ...
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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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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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Best way to buy Japanese yen for travel?

Going to Japan in about a week, and just looking for ways to buy Japanese yen. In Australia, it's pretty nuts. If you just go and exchange money from them, they'll charge you 5-6% above the mid rate ...
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Price inequalities in Forex?

My understanding of forex is limited so please bear with me. I believe foreign currency rates are traded in pairs, e.g. USD vs GBP at a price set by supply and demand. Does this mean that it can ...
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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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Am I exposed to currency risk when I invest in shares of a foreign company that are listed domestically?

If a multinational firm based in country A is listed in both country A and country B, and I invest in this firm as a resident of country B through country B's stock exchange, either through something ...
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How are exchange rates decided for each country?

Currently, EUR/USD is 1.32395. I understand that this means I will require 1.32395 USD to buy 1 EUR. But, how is this rate determined? I also, understand that there are fundamental reasons which ...
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Most cost effective way to regularly transfer funds from the US to the UK?

I've recently moved to the US, but I still own a house and a car in the UK so I need to make regular transfers from the US to the UK in order to pay my UK mortgage. Admittedly I've left it a little ...
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Investing in foreign CDs, is it worth the risk?

I heard Clark Howard talking about foreign currency CDs, and so I looked and indeed their interest rates are much higher than US rates right now (3.75% for a year in Australia). What risks are ...
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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 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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What college degree should I pursue to learn about stock and forex markets?

What college degree should I pursue to learn the fundamentals of the stock market? Are there way to understand how stocks and foreign exchange markets work, including their strategies and drawbacks?
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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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Where do web sites get foreign exchange currency rate / quote information?

There are many web sites which provide the exchange rates between currencies. Where do they obtain this information? Is there any authoritative source from which they get this data? For example, ...
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Where can I trade FX spot options, other than saxobank.com?

An FX spot option is a call/put on a FOREX currency pair that has a user-set strike price and expiration date. It's traded over-the-counter and is not a standardized exchange-traded option. If you ...
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Accounting for payment into wrong currency account

I deal with clients in several countries and have two bank accounts in two currencies. Recently, I sent out an invoice with the wrong bank account number, so a client invoiced in SGD made a payment ...
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Tax due on foreign exchange element of share option program?

This is quite complicated and to be honest I'm not really expecting anyone to know the answer, but I thought it would be worth asking. Five years ago my (UK) employer's (French) parent company ...
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Get interest on $100K by spending only $2K using FOREX rollovers?

Is there any way to combine FOREX instruments to receive interest on $100K while spending only $2K? If I buy 100K USDCAD (for example), I only need $2K margin. Every night, I'm charged the ...
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Where can I find announcements of official GDP figures for the US and other countries?

Specifically, I'm looking at the Forex markets, and I'm waiting for today's US GDP figures. I'm keeping an eye on the financial papers, but where can I find official sources of information, maybe as ...
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How and why does the exchange rate of a currency change almost everyday?

How does the exchange rate of a currency change every day? Why does that happen? Please explain to me with a naive approach and avoiding financial jargon.
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Good way to record currency conversion transactions in personal accounting software?

I have deep personal financial connections to two countries, with different currencies. (They happen to be Canada/CAD and USA/USD, but I don't think that's material.) I have multiple bank and ...
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Strategies for saving and investing in multiple foreign currencies

My wife and I are both expatriates and our financial situation is complicated by having accounts in different currencies. A frequent topic between the two of us which accounts are the best for keeping ...
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Does SIPC protect securities purchased in foreign exchanges?

Suppose I open an account at an SIPC-protected broker (say Interactive Brokers) and buy 500,000$ worth of BP stocks on the LSE (London Stock Exchange). Now suppose Interactive Brokers goes bankrupt, ...
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Web sites for historical foreign currency exchange rates and inflation data?

Say that I'm watching a Swedish movie from the 1970s where a bank gets robbed and the robbers get away with 10 million SEK. I might then like to know how much that corresponds to in U.S. dollars ...
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How is buying a Canadian mutual fund also priced in U.S. dollars different from the plain fund?

Many Canadian banks (e.g. TD Canada Trust) split the same mutual fund into two options, one linked to the Canadian dollar and one linked to the US dollar. For example, the TD U.S. Index and the TD ...
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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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Tax Loss on Forex Trading

In tax year 2011, I traded in a forex brokerage account in FXCM. I had trading losses. FXCM says that they do not report 1099 for US customers. What is the proper way to report my forex trading ...
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Equity prices during currency devaluation — Mexico 1994 [closed]

If I own a company whose assets are 100 barrels of oil valued at $10,000 in some currency, and the currency's value suddenly drops by a factor of two, I would expect that my company is now suddenly ...
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Are Forex traders forced to use leverage?

I heard today that all Forex traders are forced by the Forex companies to use large leverages. Is this true? I understand this might be good for some companies, but possibly bad for the traders. How ...
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Forex vs day trading for beginner investor

In essence, for a person that has not had any real experience with either (except for playing around in simulators like investopedia): which one would an individual have the most potential to ...
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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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How does the fluctuation in the foreign exchange market occur at the same time in all countries?

How does the fluctuation in the foreign exchange market occur at the same time in all countries? For example: If the U.S. Dollar depreciated, does it — and how — get automatically ...
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How can I deposit USD money in my Australian checking account while incurring as small a fee as possible?

I'm moving to Australia next month (from France) and am receiving monthly US dollar checks (from some affiliate marketing activities I have in the US). In Australia, I will have an Australian checking ...
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Getting a USD cheque, without too many fees, and with a sensible exchange rate?

In order to exercise a stock option, I find myself needing a USD cheque. Annoyingly, it has to be a cheque and it has to be in USD, neither a GBP cheque nor a USD wire transfer are acceptable. (I've ...
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Investment Club - Legal Steps

This is an extension/more detailed question I asked a while ago: Legal documents required for managing an investment portfolio among friends? The main question here is do I need to create an LLC to ...
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Should I change money from Euros (EUR) to Sterling (GBP) before I go away near the end of the year?

I 'have a friend' who is going away traveling towards the end of the year. She has a few thousand Euros which she is going to spend whilst she is away and was asking if she should keep it in Euros or ...
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How can I observe exchange rates?

I need a lot of Euros because I frequently travel to European countries. Therefore, I always have an amount of Euros at home and from time to time I exchange a large amount of Euro. To save some ...
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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, ...