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Should I convert all my money to local currency when I study abroad?

I'm just turning 21 so I really have no experience with currencies and banking systems. This is the first time I travel outside my mother country. I'm accepted in a postgraduate study program and I ...
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Can I default on my student loans if I move to another country?

I am moving away from the USA and I don't really plan on coming back. What are the consequences if I stop paying my student loans? My current debt is ~50,000 USD in federal loans. I know next to ...
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American citizens playing foreign sweepstakes

I've read here: http://www.fraudaid.com/scamspam/lottery/foreign_lottery_federal_statute.htm that it is illegal for U.S. citizens to play foreign lotteries (although many Americans play the Canadian ...
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How can I avoid international wire fees or currency transfer fees?

I'm paid by an American company, but travel to France frequently and need to have a French bank account for various reasons. So far the cheapest procedure I've found to transfer money is withdraw ...
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W-8BEN? What's the tax from selling my software to a U.S. company, from abroad?

I am developing software program (I live and work outside of US - Europe, I don't have a company), and now have a client from US which wants to license my program (pay me money so he can use it). He ...
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Do we need to provide a TIN or ITIN in the W-8BEN form?

We are non-U.S. investors investing through an LLC into ventures. The ventures have operations in Brazil but some have Delaware holding companies. Do we need to provide a TIN or ITIN in the W-8BEN ...
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Do I need to pay tax on my unregistered online 'business'?

Let's say I have an online store. I sell things and receive revenue. It is profitable. Its server is somewhere in USA. I am currently in Germany. My customers are mostly in, say, Thailand. I have not ...
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Spending arrangements for a dependent student studying abroad

I live in the U.S., and my daughter will be starting college in England in the fall. She is financially dependent on us, has no credit history, and will not have a job while she's in college. We'll be ...
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How can I buy a MasterCard/Visa gift card in the US using European MasterCard/Visa?

I live in Belgium and my sister lives in the USA. I would like to send her a MasterCard gift card but I tried to pay with my Belgian MasterCard on giftcards.com and it failed because the form that ...
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How should I keep track of my financial assets across borders and currencies?

I'm an expat and am curious: Is there any better way out there to manage my various assets in differing currencies across borders and markets? Currently, I just use a spreadsheet, but it is becoming ...
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Had employee options in a company that has been sold to another foreign company. What happens?

One of my parents had employee options in a company that was based in the US. Recently however, that US company had been sold off to a German company (now based in Germany). Question is, what ...
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American taxes if living outside the US and get paid by US company on a US bank account

I live outside the States, I'm not American and I'm going to be paid by an American company on my personal American bank account: it's headed to me, as a physical person. I'm obviously going to pay ...
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Ways to ship a package worldwide and get paid by the receiver on delivery?

I want to sell and ship some products that are expensive. Is there any way to post a product and get the money from the receiver at delivery? My service needs to be available in Georgia, Armenia, ...
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How to properly understand international wire transfers?

I am having a ridiculous time with international (inwards, to Australian account) wire transfers. They have about a 50% chance of succeeding, and I don't know who is being honest with me when things ...
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How do I avoid paying income taxes on the sale of my business abroad?

I'm a US resident (not citizen) with a successful website abroad (where I am citizen, but no resident) selling services. The earnings are collected by a befriended company in that country abroad. Once ...
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How do I get into investing?

This might seem like a silly question, but I have a few things that make this quite difficult for me. I do not live in my home country and the market here is not a market I would like to be ...
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Sending money from US to China

I receive money in the US for recruiting students here in China. I have a BOA account and it was free for me to use the ATM machines at China Construction Bank. However, CCB started charging a 3% ...
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What to do with documents from a closed bank account?

Is there any danger in throwing away bank documents including personal information from a bank I no longer have an account with? To be more specific, I am moving from the UK to the US and have in my ...
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Where can I get current data on US equity/bond markets as a share of the global markets?

I would like to periodically rebalance my asset allocation to match the world market capitalization for domestic vs. international holdings. Rick Ferri's "All About Asset Allocation" book has a pie ...
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How can I buy government bonds from foreign countries?

I would like to follow the advice of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, to a little degree. I have retirement money in lots of US domestic stock funds which is also where I live. I would like to hold some ...
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Do I have to pay taxes on money sent to me in the US by wire transfer from another country?

I have a green card and I live in the US. I'm starting to do business with people in Vietnam, and they transfer money to my checking account using wire transfers from banks in Hong Kong or Cambodia. ...
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What do we need to consider if we're to receive a large cash gift from family abroad?

Are there any rules regarding receiving monetary gifts from family abroad? My fiance's parents want to wire us $25,000 from Brazil to be used on a down payment on a house. What are the tax or other ...
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How many home purchase loans can a non-resident Indian get in India?

I have a housing loan (purchase loan) with a bank in India, which is going very smoothly without any dues. My present salary is approx. 250,000 INR (15,000 UAE dirhams). I would like to purchase one ...
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Ensuring payment from client

How can I ensure that I receive my payment from a client if I am working from home for an international client (not employment; a fixed-price job)? I want to ensure that I receive payment for my ...
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What should I do to pick the right consultant to open offshore bank account

http://www.ifsc.gov.bz/licensed-service-providers/list-a/ have lists of approved consultant in Belize Is the list credible? Is there a site that collect testimonies for these? How do I know which ...
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Can foreigners holding US tourist visa create a bank account in USA?

I am not a US citizen and want to visit USA as a tourist. Since withdrawing money from my home-country bank account will cost much, it is better to open an new bank account in US (after arriving) ...
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Moving savings to Canada?

Would it be feasible to move my savings to Canada? Would this be a good way to avoid losses associated with another US banking crisis? (assumption is Canadian banks will weather a crisis better than ...
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Can I invest in the USA or EU from an Asian 3rd-world country, over the Internet?

Is it possible to invest in markets in the USA or Europe from an Asian 3rd-world country over the Internet? Does the laws of the USA or EU allow people outside to do so?
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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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Can a US citizen living abroad with a permanent US address use that address to open a portfolio account?

I am a US citizen living in Germany and I want to open a portfolio account in the US. I use my sister's US address as my mailing address. Can this also serve as my permanent US address (which, I'm ...
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Where to find site with earnings calendar?

Is there a website with a company earnings calendar for exchange-listed equities using symbol look-up? I am not trying to backtest a trading strategy, so I'm not interested in historical data. I just ...
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International Inheritance via Trust

My mother is an American citizen living in California - she has had dementia for many years and is legally incompetent to manage her money, but before she was ruled incompetent she put me on as a ...
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Is a tax applicable or not if I lent my brother money in India while I am abroad?

From 2002 to 2010, I was working abroad. I sent money to my account in India via Western Union. In every transaction I used to keep 10000/- separately with me (my hard earned money). In the last 8 ...
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Do I need to report income to the US if working from home from Canada for a US company?

If I worked for an American company at home from Canada (I'm a Canadian citizen), do I need to report income / pay taxes to the US, because the company is from the US? I'm specifically asking about an ...
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What are the tax implications of purchasing mutual funds in the US with Australian dollars?

I am a dual citizen of Australia and the US, and a resident of the US. I have some savings in Australia that I would like to use to purchase mutual funds in the US. If I make the purchases using ...
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“International credit report” for French nationals?

I'm a French National married to a US citizen, and we're looking into buying a house in Florida. Does anybody out there knows of a anything akin to an international credit report for a French ...
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Where do countries / national governments borrow money from? [closed]

It seems that every country on Earth is in debt, but nowhere on the news do they ever mention to who. If countries are all in debt to each other then why not just cancel all the countries debt. If ...
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Do I have to pay tax in US when my stay extends 183 days. I don't earn in US

I'm in US working with the parent company, my stay is about to extend 183 days. I don't get paid in US. My company in India under whose payroll I'm listed credits my Indian salary after deducting tax ...
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Help me understand Forex in Interactive Brokers

I have a CHF-based account in Interactive Brokers. I wanted to buy VEUR in LSE, which trades in GBP. I entered an order, I was told I didn't have enough GBP. Fair enough. I asked the live chat how to ...
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How does it work when the same ETF is listed on several stock exchanges?

I'm trying to understand how do ETFs listed in several exchanges work. Take VUSA, for example. It's listed in London, Zürich and Amsterdam. Same ISIN, so I assume it's exactly the same thing. If I ...
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I don't live in America. How can I buy IPO stock of newly listed companies in the United States?

I'm Chinese, and I only know Firstrade, Scottrade and SogoTrade provide trading services in the Asia-Pacific region. However, they don't offer a way to buy IPO stock. Is there any way for me to buy ...
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What are the 'special rules' for opening a bank/credit union account if you are a foreign person?

I'm trying to open an account at a local US credit union as a Canadian international student with no US income. Their terms of service (which appear to be copy-pasted from a template) say we ...
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Does the Foreign Tax Credit cancel out all US tax liability?

Say a US citizen is residing and earning income in a foreign country, and say that the foreign country imposes income tax that is unquestionably higher than what the US would impose on the same ...
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ITIN Application Original passports are not returned even after 2 months. What to do now? [duplicate]

I have submitted ITIN applications for my wife and kid at IRS office and they have verified original passports and Application submitted. After 6 weeks I got a letter CP566 Stating that need to ...
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Income in a country that does not tax foreign residents and living in a country that does not tax foreign income

Will I totally avoid taxes if I live in a country that does not tax foreign income and having an income in a country that does not tax foreign residents? I was going through ...
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How does S&P schedule reviews of sovereign credit ratings?

It's not too hard to find current sovereign credit ratings, but I need more info. I believe that the major ratings agencies schedule reviews of different countries (or banks, etc.) so what I'd like ...
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U.S. citizen, working for U.S. company, living in Mexico: Where do I pay taxes?

Similar to this question, but I'm a U.S. citizen who is moving to Mexico, but retaining my U.S. citizenship and employment. I will be in Mexico on a Temporary Residency visa (good for one year, ...
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401k withdrawal abroad and state taxation?

From what I know about 401k's, when it's time to retire, we take our 401k money and pay federal and state tax. Some states don't have taxes on 401k's — Florida is a good example. So many people move ...
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Is there a country that uses the term “dollar” for currency without also using “cents” as fractional monetary units?

I'm wondering if there exists a country that uses the specific name "dollar" for their currency, without also using the concept where 1/100 of one dollar is called a "cent". Does such a currency ...