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Considering leverage [closed]

I started investing two years ago. Currently my situation is as follows: I earn 1700 € per month and manage to save 1200. To be Conservative and as rents are going up in my country, we can assume ...
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What happens when I make purchases on Amazon as a company but I don't register the VAT invoice?

I have a company in Europe. If I use my Amazon business account to buy work related stuff, I don't pay the VAT. What would happen if I used my personal credit card rather than the company card to ...
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EU citizen temporary living in the USA, trading CFD

I am an European citizen, currently living (non-permanently) in the USA. I am US non-permanent resident, in other words. Am I allowed to trade CFDs, through an European portal?
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Buying a house over a long period of time without a mortgage

I will soon receive a sum of money which will allow me to pay all cash for a house. However, I'd rather pay for the house over a long period of time. I would like to put the unspent money to work in ...
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Is money in a European bank current account guaranteed by the state? Which state/fund guarantees?

I have a sum of money in a European bank, and I prefer to have it in a current account for two reasons. One, I don't know how much over the coming year I will need to spend without notice and two, the ...
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What are the laws about selling random things on ebay for EU-based private person?

I was thinking to sell some things I don't use anymore on eBay and I was wondering if I should register or tax it somehow? I'm a private EU citizen and that's where I reside, and I assume that I would ...
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How to know which bank will keep my data safer? (Europe, single country)

I was looking at four banks in one country, which are based in France, Belgium and 2 in Austria, and I was looking for something that would make me choose one over the other... So I thought what's ...
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Which of these countries makes most financial sense? [closed]

Below are a list of countries I am considering moving to (from within Europe). My preference was initially the Netherlands, but I have read that the bureaucratic side of things can make moving there ...
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Deviation between European and American Stock exchanges

I live in Germany and I am trading stocks for around 6 months. My favorite stocks so far are mainly the big tech companies that we all know (Alphabet, Amazon) as well as the according indices (e.g. ...
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How to be sure that a payment cannot be reverted?

Many scam schemes are based upon sending some money to the victim and make them forward it. Then the first transaction is reverted and the victim has to take the loss. The concept of the reversibility ...
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How to find a broker / market where to buy a certain stock?

I know a certain stock can have a different ticker based on the market where it's traded (Wall Street, Frankfurt, Milan,...). What I don't know is : how do I identify the market (and possibly the ...
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How to return 4 - 6% on savings / investments with little / no management?

What would be the simplest (require the least management) way to get a return of 4 - 6% on savings over a 10 - 15 year period. I would like the lowest risk possible, I do not need the 'potential' ...
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How should I pick an Investment account?

I have recently managed to secure a graduate job and I started think about investing part of my income. I am at the start of my career so I would probably be able to invest around 600/month. I ...
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28 years old and just inherited large amount of money and real estate - unsure what to do with it [closed]

So a little info for starters: as said in the topic, I'm 28 years old and come from a quite well-off family. I actually earn quite a lot of money myself, but I never get to use it - I spend at most 1/...
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How do stocks like INL (traded in Frankfurt) work?

Intel is traded under INTC in NASDAQ. Intel is traded under INL in Frankfurt. What makes this possible? I assume these are the same company and somehow track each other but given the exchanges have ...
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Can a entrepreneur hire a self-employed business owner?

Let's say that a guy founded a new business he owns, and became CEO of his small company. Can a rich Entrepreneur offer that guy a job?
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Taxation for remote workers, if the company and the residency are in different countries

If a contractor or employees works 75%-100% percent remote for a company in a country A and has his residency in a country B - what is the job-related taxation? I know that this is too general to ...
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Trusts, Inheritance Tax in UK

My background: I am a British citizen, currently living in mainland Europe i.e. Austria. Off-late, I married an Austrian Citizen. We purchased a property together in Austria. There is no Prenup ...
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Gather money for a flat or loan [duplicate]

I currently live into my mother's apartment alone. For some years she will live in other country and I will have this for myself. I plan to buy a small flat and then to rent it until I can gather ...
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Which are the European countries that levy a financial transaction tax on stocks and how much?

Financial transaction tax has been talked about in the past years in Europe. There are many countries in Europe. Some agree, some disagree. I have problems following this issue. As of today, which are ...
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Closing bank account in Europe and transferring to USA

I'll be relocating from Europe (Italy) to USA soon, similar to this question but vice-versa. Is the cheque in euros to be cashed by a new US bank, also the best option here? As a second part of the ...
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Can I force companies to accept a SEPA bank account?

Let me start with a quote from the SEPA website: Only one bank account needed for the whole euro area: SEPA will make things much easier if you are working or studying abroad in another euro ...
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Why are some wage taxes officially paid by the employer, even though they're really paid by the employee?

My current salary is taxed at two levels: first, the employer has to pay a certain number of taxes on my wages. The rest of the money is then considered to be my salary and I pay other taxes (social ...
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Delaware tax free shopping

I heard that Delaware is tax-free state. If I'm not from US, do I have to pay some taxes when I buy some stuff (like iPad) in Delaware and come back to Europe?
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Tax question for US citizen with postdoctoral fellowship in Europe

I have received an offer for a postdoc in Europe. The postdoc gets paid a scholarship that is not taxed in the European country. I will be living in this country 12 months out of the year and will ...
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BATS/Chi-X Europe Smart Order routing [closed]

I have read that BATS/Chi-X Europe routes orders to other EU equity venues. How can I determine what that list of venues is?
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Does a 2EUR monthly fee make credit cards useless?

Italy (where I live) has introduced a tax on credit cards --- you pay 2 EUR (about 2.25 USD) in each month in which you spend more than 77 EUR with it (about 88 USD). This applies to each credit card ...
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Should I pay cash or prefer a 0% interest loan for home furnishings?

I live in France. I bought an apartment with a mortgage a month ago. I've been buying plenty of stuff for this apartment like furniture, decoration, oven, etc. And I still need to buy other stuff. I'...
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Higher mortgage to increase savings to invest?

Last week we went to the bank to talk about a mortgage. Here in Belgium, 40% of your mortgage is can be deducted from your taxes. You can deduct 1520 euro during the entire course of the mortgage. ...
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Where is the liquidity on European derivatives exchanges

This has bugged me for a long time, and I feel like I am missing some information. When I browse Eurex, a derivatives exchange in Europe, I don't see the kinds of liquidity I would expect. For ...
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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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Taxation of income from working abroad within the EU

I'm a Finnish (FI) citizen working with a full-time contract in a company. I'm going to do a 3 months job abroad in Belgium (BE) in a different company. During this time my contract in FI is going to ...
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How do I withdraw all money from my HSA account as a non-resident?

I have lived in US for 5 years, and I (still) have an HSA account with BoA. Now I am living in Europe, and there's a fat chance I'll ever go back to live in US, so I would like to withdraw the money ...
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Opening Business Bank Account in Europe

I have an online travel agency in USA and I want to open a business account in Europe to reach out to European customers. As an owner, I am not a resident of Europe. I appreciate if someone direct me ...
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How is monthly wage tax calculated in The Netherlands?

AFAIK, in most European countries, the wage tax is calculated based on the total annual earning but is deducted by the employer from the gross salary and paid to the tax authorities in advance, on a ...
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Do IBANs have error correction built in?

I recently became the bursar of my sports club. My most frequent duty is to make payments. I get a bill, usually on a piece of paper, log in into our bank's online banking interface, and make a SEPA ...
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Are there tax-advantaged plans/accounts in Europe without age restriction?

All the European countries I'm familiar with have tax-advantaged pension schemes to guarantee income for retirees, but there's a severe age limitation (like with 401(k)), which is incompatible with my ...
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What Canadian account number format do European banks need for wire transfer instructions?

I am trying to transfer funds from my account in Europe to my account in Canada. On the sending (European) bank's transfer instruction form there is a field I need to fill-in in the beneficiary's ...
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How to donate to charity that will make a difference?

I want to donate to countries which have economic difficulties especially Greece. For a start 50 bucks or so. Because I have a large salary and not many expenses. How can I donate to charity 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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Is it possible to get a UK visa gift card while in the US?

Is it possible to get a UK visa gift card while in the US? For instance, is there a place to purchase a UK visa gift card while still residing in the states and get it sent to me before leaving?
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Automatic Investment Plan - Non U.S resident

I am looking for any options to invest small amounts each month/quarter without commissions eating me up. As a U.S. resident and investing in a Mutual Fund, this is no problem. AIP programs Non U.S. ...
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What information is needed for a wire transfer?

I am used to wiring funds through SEPA by using IBAN and BIC codes. I just learned that these can't be used to electronically transfer money from the US to the EU. My bank provided me with 4 codes: ...
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Buying Fixed Deposit in India from Europe

Given the chance, does it pay off to open a FD in India (high interest rates, high inflation) with Euros (low interest rates, low inflation) from Europe? Or is it too risky on the long run (~ 1 year)...
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European vs. American mortgage underwriting with regards to the health of the borrower

Whenever I hear about a European mortgage application process, there are always health records involved. They want to know that the borrower is likely to outlive the mortgage (or most of it, I guess). ...
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Possibility of donations in an educational site

I would like to create a site with a series of lectures in video form. The lectures will concern the presentation of philosophical books. Would it be possible for people to donate a small amount of ...
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Avoiding timing traps with long term index investing

Question 1) What are the risks pertaining to timing on long term index investments? 2) How large are these risks? 3) In case I feel not prepared to take these risks, how can I avoid them? ...
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which banks (and where) in Europe allow non-residents to open accounts with a single visit (or even none at all)? [closed]

Which banks and where in Europe allow to non-EU resident (eg from Russia) to open a bank account, requiring only a single visit in person (or, ideally, completely remotely, with no visit at all--doing ...
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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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Why are wire transfers and other financial services in Canada so much more expensive than in Europe?

Why are wire transfers in Canada so expensive compared to Europe? The simple answer I've seen is because bankers are crooks, but I find that this oversimplifies the situation — I don't believe ...