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What are the pros and cons of a credit card for a European?

I have a bank account, with some savings. Enough to cover every expense I could have to face without delay. I also have a debit card, which I use for my offline payments, a Paypal account for most of ...
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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? There are lots of situations when I find myself in ...
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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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Sold item on eBay, buyer wants it to be delivered to another country, and pay by bank transfer

I recently offered an item on eBay, offering it for sale in Switzerland only (no international shipping offered). However, now someone bought it and messaged that they want it shipped to Italy, and ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Couch Potato Portfolio for Europeans?

I recently came across the Couch Potato Portfolio concept and was happy to find an investment strategy that made sense to me. Its origin seems to be the Canadian version, and it has been translated ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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American living abroad and not working for an American company - tax reporting and bank accounts

I hope this question is appropriate for SE Money but based on this one I think it is U.S. citizen, working for U.S. company, living in Mexico: Where do I pay taxes? If you are an American citizen not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What's the least risky investment for people in Europe?

I have a few thousand euros in a bank deposit and I was wondering where I should invest them, considering that I won't want to take much risk? I am ready to accept the lower ROI than investing the ...
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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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Are banks in Europe allowed to charge you for too low a balance?

Ever since I've heard stories of people in the U.S. who (almost) emptied their accounts, I've feared of one day doing that too. I always make sure to have at least 100 EUR in each of my accounts. It ...
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Are there extra fees for a PayPal Premier account?

I've googled quite a bit, but I'm not sure I have the correct information since I am in Europe, and the info might have been for the US. I currently have a Personal account on PayPal and I have no ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I deduct taxes for home office as a freelance computer software developer?

I am currently working as a freelancer in Belgium for a company developing computer software. In the contract it says that the work is done at client's office and each day I work from the office. I've ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Which US banks support 3DS? [closed]

Please name one US bank that supports 3DS transactions. 3DS = Three Domain Secure. It's a system originally developed by Arcot Systems (now CA Technologies) and first deployed by Visa as part of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...