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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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Are there taxes for exchanging goods in a barter transaction?

For example, if I trade someone 10 apples for 10 strawberries, do I or my trading partner need to pay taxes? Do I need to pay taxes if I do business without using officially issued currencies? If ...
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International bonds, currency differences, and effect of inflation on such bonds?

Country X's national government purchases country Y's government-issued bonds. Would the bonds be issued in country Y's currency? How does inflation (of either country's currency) factor into this, ...
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What assets does the term “security” encompass?

From what I understand, the term “security,” as used in finance, refers to equities, debt instruments (such as bonds), and derivatives based on equities and debt. Does the term encompass other ...
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Is there a generally accepted term for fractions of Currency Units?

If you imagine in the stock market prices are often quoted to many decimal places. For example: USD 27.4955 This smells like a monetary value e.g. it has a currency code and a value however it doesn'...
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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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So the vending machine tore my $5 in pieces. What now?

The vending machine swallowed half of my $5 bill, and the other half remained in my hand. Can I get my $5 back, or is it all lost forever?
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To decrease spread cost with a currency account in exchange of currencies

I have bank accounts in Nordea Norway and Nordea Finland. I pay now about 2.5% spread fee in moving NOK from Nordea Norway to Nordea Finland in EUR. No other fees apply because moved between the same ...
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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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How To Transfer Money Online So The Other Person In Another Country Receives It In Cash?

We all are familiar with famous international money transfer service - Western Union. Most use their locally available branches in their country to send money so the other person receives money in ...
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To minimize the spread costs in shopping in the North or Europe

I just noted that my Norwegian Nordea's Visa Debit card's spread is 2,56% when I pay my shoppings with it in Estonia: >>> a=7.33 // Google showed this course in its search by 1 EUR in ...
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Can limits be placed by a merchant on which currency notes are accepted as legal tender? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: It is legal for a retailer/store or other business to refuse $50 & $100 bills or other legal tender, e.g. pennies? Here in the USA, it seemed to be becoming more and more ...
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Why are some countries' currencies “weaker”? [closed]

Why for example, is the Japanese Yen trading very weakly (historically)? The exchange rate between the US Dollar and Japanese Yen is 1:79.791125 but the exchange rate between the US Dollar and Thai ...
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Bank changes exchange rate of transaction

I will use hypothetical numbers, just for examples. I have account in my bank in euros (EUR). I buy something online and pay for it with dollars (USD). Lets pretend exchange rate is 1 USD = 0.5 EUR. ...
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Is the $5 USD bill from Series 2006 supposed to glow brightly under ultraviolet?

So my company just changed offices recently and for some odd reason or another the server room in the new building has a black light which was installed by the previous tenants. Aside from the oddity ...
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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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searching for historic exchange rate provider which meets this example data

I'm looking for a provider of historic exchange rates which fits a sample of exchange rates I have. My problem is that I have historic turnovers in GBP which I want to recalculate in EUR. All I know ...
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Most beneficial currency exchange method for Chinese travelling to USA?

I will be traveling to the United States soon. My money is all in Chinese renminbi. My understanding is that I have 5 options available for converting my RMB to USD: Buy USD from Chinese banks and ...
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Is it smart to move private (euro) savings to a different currency?

Lately, I'm hearing a lot of talk about the euro's impending demise (I don't know how true that is by the way). And it's making me a little bit worried about my savings. I don't have a lot of savings,...
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What is forward selling in terms of exchange rates?

We are selling some custom made products which we need to buy materials for in different currencies e.g. 100 USD + 50 EUR + 20 SGD, and we sell the products in a currency that our customer prefers e.g....
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Currency conversion from US Citi Prepaid [closed]

I've got some money sent to me from US on a Citi Prepaid card. (Payment from Google for Google Summer of Code 2012.) However, I live in Croatia, and the withdrawal fees ($3 per withdrawal, 3% for ...
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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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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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How can my friend send $3K to me without using Paypal?

My friend is a paraplegic. He can't go to the bank and wire the money. He used to send money from our partnership via paypal. Now I am banned from paypal. What's the alternative? Google checkout? I ...
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As an investor what are side effects of Quantitative Easing in US and in EU?

If I understood well Quantitative Easing basically means a Central Bank prints out more money of its own currency. It seems simple to understand that it saves the country banks and the States by ...
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Do I understand currency exchange rates and bank buy/sell rates?

Preface: I've just run into a bit of an issue with a bank, regarding an international money transfer that I made from the UK (with Lloyds TSB) to Australia (St. George). The transfer was sent on the ...
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What is currency trading and how does currency trading work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Layman’s guide to getting started with Forex (foreign exchange trading)? I have heard that people are investing in currency trading, but i don't have any idea about it. Some ...
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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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Can a non-Chinese private investor bet on Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) going up vs. USD?

Is it possible for a non-Chinese private individual investor to bet on the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) going up against the U.S. dollar ?
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What extra charges and fees will I be billed for an international credit card transaction?

I've never traveled abroad in the past. I live in the US, and am taking a vacation shortly to Italy. At this time, I'm trying to understand what additional fees will be incurred if I attempt to use ...
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Why do people buy US dollars on the black market?

I was reading news articles about people in Venezuela and Iran getting a poor exchange rate for US dollars on the black market. Why do these people need to buy dollars? Why is it still worth while ...
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Web site for overlaying graph of exchange rate (e.g. USD/EUR) on S&P 500 index chart?

I would like to overlay the US Dollar exchange-rate vs the Euro with the S&P 500. What is the simplest way to do that? Is there a website that does that type of thing?
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Source(s) for hourly euro/usd exchange rate historic data? [closed]

I'm looking for historic data for the euro/usd exchange rate with an hourly interval. The data should look back several months. Unfortunately I have been unable to find a source providing this data, ...
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Hedging a foreign currency purchase (INR/USD) for a real estate transaction?

I'm looking to purchase a property in India, where the local currency is INR. My earnings are in USD. My down payment on this property will be in the range of 100-200k USD. The USDINR exchange rate ...
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Layman's guide to getting started with Forex (foreign exchange trading)?

How should I get started with Forex (foreign exchange trading)? How should I prepare myself for it? Please give your answer thinking of me as a layman.
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Canada's polymer $100 bank notes: When will other dollar amounts of “plastic money” be available?

In November 2011, the Bank of Canada released a new polymer (plastic) one-hundred dollar bank note, including transparent areas and metallic images. What other denominations of Canadian paper money ...
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When a currency collapses, who can profit?

When a member state withdraws from a currency (say, the euro), what can be done to profit from this and who is it that would usually profit? Does any profit require foresight of the event, or can it ...
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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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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 ...