Questions tagged [eur-euro]

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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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What do I need to watch out for when receiving a large sum of money as a gift in Germany?

I live in Germany. If my father would want to give me a large sum of money - let's say 10,000€ - what would be the safest, least bureaucratic way to do this? I'm an apprentice and I still receive ...
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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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When will the U.K. convert to the Euro as an official currency?

When will the United Kingdom switch to using the Euro? The main group of European countries have adopted it as a common currency and it appears this is the future direction. If not, what are the ...
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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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What exactly happens to Euro if one of European Union countries goes bankrupt?

What happens if one of the European Union countries goes bankrupt? Suppose I have money (bank deposits at local banks) in US dollars, Euros and local currency (I'm not in the US). Now one of EU ...
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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? See ...
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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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Why could the serious financial woes of some EU member states lead to the end of the Euro?

I've been reading a lot about the impending bankruptcy of Ireland/Portugal/Spain etc. and how this could mean the end of the Euro. I cannot connect the dots here. Why would this mean the demise of ...
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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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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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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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What would happen if the Euro currency went bust?

Seems to be a lot in the news recently (Google Business news UK) discussing that the euro currency may not survive. They suggested it has a 1/5 chance of surviving the next decade. What would ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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GBP savings, what to do with them if leaving the U.K. in about 2 years time?

I am EU citizen living in U.K. and with some savings into a U.K. bank account. I am planning to leave UK in about 2 years time, I don't need the savings right now, the savings give me on average a 3% ...
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Considering inflation, what's the value of Euro today (January, 2011) compared to 2005?

So what would be 1000 Euro from 2005 worth today (January, 2011), considering the inflation?
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Google Finance gain value incorrect because of currency fluctuation

I'm french, and I bought some stocks in Paris and New York Stock Exchanges. I'm trying to use an online portfolio tracking tool like Google Finance, but the final gain value is incorrect because of ...
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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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What is the difference between buying USDEUR compared to selling EURUSD?

To me, buying USDEUR looks the same as selling EURUSD. For those who have experience trading forex, are there circumstances when it makes more financial sense to buy USDEUR instead of sell EURUSD? Are ...
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Withdraw USD from PayPal without conversion to my home currency of EUR?

Is there a possibility to withdraw USD from Paypal to my EU country (our currency is EUR) without converting from USD to EUR on Paypal's side (because of Paypal's high conversion fee)? I have USD ...
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Tax situation for UK citizen working remotely in France but getting paid in GBP by a UK employer

I am a UK [and Australian] citizen. I have only lived in the UK for 9 months since Nov 2004. Apart from the 9 months in 2014, i have lived in the US for the last 7 years working for the same employer....
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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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Prepaid travel credit cards: Is there a low-cost card supporting top-up in multiple currencies, without conversion fees?

With reference to the CantonFX cards http://www.caxtonfxcard.com/cards_description.asp Which card do I use if I need to use multiple currencies at the lowest cost & I only want to carry one card? ...
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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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How can one maximize the value of their money when their country is adopting the Euro?

Countries joining the EU at some point decide to adopt the Euro as their own currency. How does this process unfold for the common citizen? More importantly though, how can one maximize the value of ...
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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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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 to offset currency exchange losses?

Situation forces me to repatriate foreign revenue valued in Euro to USA, which is not ideal at this moment because the Euro is at a low. To counter this, would it make sense to buy Euro in USA at the ...
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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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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 do I calculate the modern-day value of pre-euro currencies (inflation correction)

I'm trying to calculate the modern value of 1950's Dutch guldens (guilders). Usually I'd use Wolfram Alpha for such a task, but it doesn't seem to understand pre-euro currencies. This works fine: ...
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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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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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Dealing with savings in British Pounds

I've been living in the UK for the last 3 years and have just moved back to my home country of Germany. During my time in the UK I accumulated some money in a savings account. With the Brexit ...
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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 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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Difference between Vanguard sp500 UCITS and Vanguard sp500

I cannot understand the difference between these two: Ticker: VOO, name: Vanguard 500 Index Fund ETF Class (USD) and Ticker: VUSD, name: Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF (USD) Buying them from ...
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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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I am trying to figure out what a weaker dollar in the future would mean for a foreign investor

If the USD becomes weaker compared to EUR in the future, would it be wise for a European investor to buy US stocks? I imagine the following scenario: I buy 100 Shares of a company at 1$ each. Let's ...
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SEPA and my name

It's the first time that I want to use SEPA payment method, I want to transfer 500€ from my bank account at Austria to France, I want to know, Is my name will be displayed on beneficiary statement?
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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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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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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. ...