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What to do if we cannot leave a foreign country to go to India and get the currency exchanged?

My friend moved to Canada in July 2015. And has money in Indian currency notes of denomination 500 and 1000. I know that people living abroad who want to exchange the currency can come to India till ...
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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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Obtaining Pound Sterling Cheque in US to pay for family history records from England?

When ordering various family history records from England, payment often must be in the form of a pound sterling cheque. How do I obtain a pound sterling cheque while living in the United States?
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How to measure how the Australian dollar is faring independent of the US dollar

When I watch the finance section of ABC (the Australian one) news, they talk about how the Australian dollar is faring against the US dollar plus a handful of other currencies. The problem is, I don't ...
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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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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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Is income from crypto-currencies taxed?

I'm curious to know how regulated (or unregulated) income from crypto-currencies is whether it's from mining or asset appreciation. Would you owe capital gains taxes? Is this still a very gray area in ...
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Does the low CAD positively or negatively impact Canadian Investors?

I'm interested in getting into investing, but I have a limited amount of business experience. I plan on putting a small amount of money on the market just to see how it goes. I don't quite understand ...
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How to withdraw money from currency account without having to lose so much to currency conversion?

I'm trying to withdraw some money from Barclays currency account, but I don't know how without losing so much on the unfair conversion rate. For example, I've found the following rates (as per 23/03/...
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Advice on preserving wealth in a volatile economic/political country

I'm looking for some advice on how to best position myself in an country that faces a volatile economic future in the short/mid term ahead. Some background: I live in South Africa where our currency ...
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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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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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Ripped plastic Canadian currency/bills

Can a ripped Canadian Plastic Bill with 60% portion of the bill remaining containing both serial #s still get full value?
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Easiest way to diversify savings

Finance has always been a bit of a black art beyond current and savings accounts, so I'm hoping this makes sense. In light of the possibility of Britain leaving the EU (that isn't the actual reason, ...
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What to do with south african currency free fall

The South African money is losing a lot of its value and media are very pessimistic. What can i do in order to avoid my savings being worthless in a few months ?
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Why HKD-USD conversion rate has been so stable for years?

I reviewed the HKD-USD exchange rate and found it quite stable for years no matter what "big events" happened. Why so?
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Legality of purchasing uncirculated bricks of USD

What is the legality of "purchasing" an uncirculated brick of bills similar to one like this: 100 NEW $2 Bills Uncirculated Consecutive 2009 Notes BEP Would it be possible (and cheaper) to simply ...
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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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Pros and Cons investing in domestic currency

As a Swedish citizen and investor, what would be the pros and cons of investing in instruments in "kronor" instead of say dollars or euros, in the long and short run? One pro would be the fee to ...
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InitiativeQ - new currency some sort of get rich quick scheme?

I was recently invited to join InitiativeQ via a friend on Facebook. The underlying idea makes rough sense to me (as a non finance expert). However their 'hook' seems to be that early adopters will ...
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Taxes on investments denominated in a foreign currency

I am having issues determining if I need to declare gains or losses on my taxes. Suppose I had $500 and converted to Brazilian reals at the rate 1 to 2, so R$1000 and with that money I bought some ...
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Taxation of foreign currency arbitrage

I live near the border with Mexico have found a way to make some money trading currencies when I go over for the afternoon. Basically, I can withdraw money in pesos at an atm machine from a checking ...
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What percentage of my money should I invest outside my country?

I live in India, and invest in both Indian and international equity mutual funds[1]. What percentage of my portfolio should I invest outside India? I thought that since India's GDP is some 3% of the ...
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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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Which options do I have to hedge GBP vs EUR in the context of Brexit?

I live in the UK and have a portfolio of shares denominated in GBP (and some in USD). In the next 1-3 years, I may move to Europe, and with Brexit looming, I would like to make sure that my ...
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Buy stock in Canadian dollars or US?

I am located in Canada. I've been buying US stocks(listed on a us stock exchange), my question is, should I buy them in Canadian dollars or convert to US and buy? I have tried both, my broker ...
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how to withdraw Paypal USD in the United States when I'm on holiday

I've some US dollars in my Irish Paypal account that I want to withdraw when I visit New York on a tourist visa in a month. Is there anyway I can do it direct from Paypal to dollars over there and ...
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Will I get taxed on withdrawals from Real Cash Economy games?

I'm a Dutch (from the Netherlands) player of a game called Entropia Universe. Entropia Universe is a game owned by MindArk. MindArk is a company located in Sweden. Entropia Universe is a game that ...
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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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Direct access to the currency exchange market

It is now fairly common for "lambda" users to have direct access to the stock market, i.e., see the book of order (up to a given depth), place a buy or sell order, cancel an order, etc. The bank or ...
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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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Legality of facilitating currency exchange between private accounts

I have accounts in India and the UK. Similarly, a friend has an account in each country. If I am in need of some money in GBP, I could receive money in my UK account from my friend's UK account. I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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What effect would currency devaluation have on my investments?

I am curious what effect currency devaluation has on the value of my various investments/assets. For instance, I have retirement savings in mutual funds, growth stocks, and bonds. First, let's ...
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How to get the “pure value” of a currency?

I would like to do some data analysis and find out how news and tweets influence markets. I would like to begin by investigating how USD does change according to news and various events. But is there ...
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How does FOREX trading work? trading vs exchanging

If I was to trade on the foreign exchange market as an individual investor and I bought 100 USD with my 70 GBP. Have I essentially converted my currency similar to exchanging the currency in a bank ?...
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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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How to detect currency rates changes?

I know the factors (like supply and demand) but how the economics know the value of a currency in a certain time exactly? They couldn't possibly take all the factors in the universe instantly into ...
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I have a 10,000,000 Turkish bill but it's only half the bill, is it worth anything?

I have a 10,000,000 Turkish bill but it's only half the bill, is it worth anything ?
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How should I understand EUR/USD stock or BTC/EUR market, what's buy? what's sell?

I am having problems to understand what buy and sell offer means, given the random pair EURUSD for instance, in context of exchange market. Does it mean I am buying EUR for USD or buying USD for EUR? ...
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Offsetting currency fluctuations with investments abroad

Say you you invest x euros at t0 in a mutual fund through a European exchange. After ten years, at t1, the investment doubles to 2x euros. Would you end up with the same amount of euros at t1 if you ...
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How to decide whether to receive salary in USD or CHF?

I have to choose the currency (USD or CHF) in which I will receive payments for my work in the period of 1 year. I live in Poland, I'm software developer in a startup for a company in Switzerland. ...
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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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How can one take delivery on the FOREX market?

I am trying to understand a little bit about the currency market. Lets say I have $10,000 dollars in cash and I am trying to buy 8000 Euros with it. Now when I take delivery, what does that mean? Can ...
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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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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 ...