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How to start toward financial independence

I would like to ask for help from those with more experience on how to achieve financial independence on, say, an N year window where N is large enough to get there but as small as reasonable. I just ...
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Are there Target Date Funds in Europe/Germany?

The title already says it. To expand on this, I read about target date funds on this site. Essentially, they try to provide bigger gains with bigger risks at the start, and "automatically" become ...
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How do I assess the value of equity offered by my employer compared to a salary raise?

I work for a small-to-mid-sized (~20 employees) tech startup in Europe. I was hired two years ago as one of the first employees after the founders. When I joined, we had an agreement that after a ...
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Starting a trust fund in an EU country

I'm in a sudden and unfortunate need of starting a trust fund (money being the only asset) in an EU country (I'm afraid I need to rule out UK as an option) for a minor (not a relative of mine) that ...
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How does EU VAT work for physical service provided in non-home member state?

Assume I'm a VAT registered sole trader in Austria working as a handyman. As a one off, I go to Germany and paint a wall for a non-business, that is consumer. Which VAT rate is applicable and how do I ...
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Is it more financially sound to own 100% of one property or 50% of two properties?

Property A: 3-bed flat in a decent location, say, worth $100k Property B: 2-bed flat in a marginally worse (but still decent) location, say, worth $75-80k Person X and person Y both inherited 50% of ...
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European Union Residence Tax

I always wondered how countries within EU (and Schengen zone) can prove to whom are you required to pay income taxes. All the countries I will mention are part of the EU-Schengen zone. Let's say I ...
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Buying an US ETF from Europe using Interactive Brokers

I am trying to buy an ETF using my account in Interactive Brokers. I am surprised to see that it is not possible. I am living in Europe and trying to buy an ETF in US dollars. Their response to ...
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Why would zero-coupon perpetuity not be worthless (simple enough so grandma understands)

The context is the negative yielding treasuries in Europe (Germany). Here is a quote I found on the matter: Why would a zero-coupon perpetuity not be worth exactly zero? Because its nominal value ...
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Where do I go to invest?

I have been reading up on investing my spare savings in index funds/bonds and so forth and I am very interested in saving my money for long term use. But all the sources are not clear on what and ...
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What should one do to not lose the value of his money over time

I live in Europe with my parents. I work and I have around 18k € (US$ 20k) in my bank account. I know that money loses its value over time and I wonder what I can do with that money and my income ...
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Young man living abroad, never paid taxes. Would this simplify a renunciation?

I'm a young (20 years old) American (French dual citizenship) living in Europe currently considering renouncing my US citizenship. However, I'm quite intimidated by the amount of paperwork, especially ...
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A way to keep earned currency from working overseas (Europe)?

I'm a Brazilian citizen and have been working in Europe (Austria) for a few months. My contract is wrapping up, and I'm returning back home soon. I've been getting paid in EUR all this time and it is ...
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Do index funds sell their stocks when the offer is very good?

A majority owners of a company did some actions that the Financial and Capital Market Commission found sketchy. They ended up with an agreement: owners had to make a good offer (more than +50% ...
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Investing 30k Euro as a student with basic financial knowledge but lack of time

Context: I'm a 20-year old student with about 2 years of studies left, and have saved up about 30,000 Euros. A sizeable part of my studies includes finance, at a reputable school. Because of ...
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Why do so many people calculate an annual average return of 10% in stocks when multiple banks offer funds that yield only 3-5% or lower?

In recent months, multiple banks and financial advisers have asked me if I would be interested in investing in stocks because I have some spare money. They showed me different funds that they thought ...
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Where can I invest into S&P500 without leverage

I was willing to invest into S&P500 index but cannot find any platform without a huge leverage (for example iqOption, plus500 have leverage of 1:20 which makes usually safe investment become ...
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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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What to invest if my savings will be used in another currency later, compare to which my countries currency devaluates?

My situation as follow: I'm planning to go abroad to study a semester during my undergrad, and then do my PhD also in abroad. My future plans are also living in abroad. The currency in these ...
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IRS federal refund paper check [duplicate]

I worked in the US this summer and I received a paper check from tax returns on my address in the US. But I live in Europe now, and I don't have an American debit card. Can a friend of mine who has ...
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Things to watch if buying properties in Europe at low prices under local government incentives

I have been seeing social media advertisements inviting investments in the way of buying houses in derelict or small and not-so-well-to-do towns. These advertise the price to buy as under $100 or 100 ...
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German Nationality, working for US company but living in Germany

I studied in the USA for 4 years and started working as a Software engineer in the USA. Now I was wondering if I could work full time remote from Germany for the same US company. After some research ...
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How to select ETFs on to invest on?

In the last couple of years I have been trying to educate myself in what concerns finance. I have put some money on some financial products (shares and ETFs) but I feel like I am playing the roulette ...
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How to find reliable trusted profitable passive income residing in Eastern Europe?

I would like to stop working and receive some passive income from anything that can generate income. I live and reside in Eastern Europe (Ukraine). I don't trust Ukrainian banks since they are not ...
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Is the issuer of an ETF a risk to consider?

When it comes the price of an ETF, I understand that it reflects the value of the underlying assets. What happens where a company that issues ETF comes into play on the decision of people whether to ...
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How to handle company related purchases when abroad (in U.S.)

I own a single person company in Europe (Ltd) and I'd like to know what is the proper way to ask for an invoice I can use to prove a cost for my company? It happened in the past that I bought ...
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Travel expenses reimbursement taxation?

I own a small (one person) "Ltd" company in Hungary. (They are called Kft. here) I work as a consultant for a U.S. company located in San Francisco. I emit regular invoices to them and then I pay ...
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Should I make a loan or withdraw all my savings to buy an asset?

Lately, this is a question I've been asking myself, and I don't know which would be best, both on short term and long term. Let's suppose I have around 20,000 to 25,000€ in my savings account (which ...
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Investing platform options without fixed residency

Background: My wife and I are in our high-twenties currently living in UK. We don't have a mortgage, we're renting our flat. The only debt we have is the standard UK student loans, which is deducted ...
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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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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 ...