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How to find equivalent US or Worldwide ETFs that are compliant with European PRIIPS regulations?

I used to invest in the following hyper-diversified portfolio : +--------+--------------------------------------------------+-------------+ | ticker | Exchange-traded Fund ...
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Buying goods from the US in a business based in France: the business refuses to remove the VAT. Can I get the VAT reimbursed?

I live in California, USA. I plan to purchase ~500 EUR worth of goods by phone from a French business that will send me the goods by mail. I am aware that the business may choose not to charge me VAT,...
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International transfer: is IBAN code enough for a transaction?

Do I need to know the bank name if I want to electronically transfer money to a private and I only know his name, surname and IBAN? It seems that I need to know the BIC (SWIFT), or the bank name, in ...
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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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Indexes from USA and EU for small investors

Is there any special consideration one must have when comparing indexes from different countries/ zones (e.g. S&P 500 vs SX5E) apart from their respective growths over a period of time? Is there ...
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UK global consultant, living and working in different EU countries

I am due to move to Barcelona after living in Paris for 3 years, as property is cheaper there, but still close to international airport, which is ideal for my work. I now find myself in a situation ...
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American citizen consulting for a Danish entity over 30 day period - visa/taxes?

I am an American citizen who will be consulting for a Danish entity from July1st-July 31st for a fixed project with a fixed project value. As part of this work, I will attend a workshop in Brussels ...
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Paying by credit-card online without transmitting your real name (in Europe)? (state authorities tracking/verification are no problem)

I’m looking for a way to make online purchases (video games/streaming-services/etc)/donations without transmitting my name/similarly identifying info. Apparently in US you could use privacy.com or ...
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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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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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Impatriate Tax Regime

I will be moving to Luxembourg soon and just got to know about this tax regime for expatriates in Luxembourg. I think I am qualified for this regime because I will be getting a European Blue Card once ...
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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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Official currency exchange API? [closed]

Is there a way to make an API call to get current Euro/USD exchange rates? Like, from the ECB?
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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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When moving EU -> EU, where to pay VAT on moving services?

I'm relocating from one EU country to another. The origin country has 18% VAT, the destination has 23% VAT. I purchase the service in the origin country; the mover is trying to charge me the ...
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Why does the Fed change rates in quarter points rounding?

I have always seen( since 1990s) that the Fed changes( cut/increase) interest rates in quarter point increment /decrements in USA that affect the world bond, stock market and borrowing rates, while I ...
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Requirements for VAT registration in Europe as an Australian Entity

I am going to be doing some consulting for a company based in Germany and I don't have a European business entity, only an Australian one (sole trader). They're asking me for a VAT ID, however ...
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US securities/brokerage account, owned by non-resident; tax liability

Assume the following scenario: natural person (not US citizen or Green Card holder) is tax-resident in some European (EU) country owns a US-based securities/brokerage account that holds shares of a ...
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How should I invest my money as a young graduate in Europe?

This is related to this question, but that question's answers are 95% tailored for residents of the US, basically recommending to full out the 401k retirement plan and this and that about stock market ...
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Why the Vanguard S&P 500 eur has such a lower price compared to the original US version?

sorry if this is a silly question but I am new to the finance world. I would like to understand better why the Vanguard S&P 500 UCITS ETF (VUSA) has such a different price compared to the Vanguard ...
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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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EU: Receive income in a country and pay taxes in another

There are already 2 similar questions but my case is a bit different so I believe it requires different answers. Other questions: Taxes for citizen of EU country #1 living in EU country #2 and ...
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What benefits and risks do American C-corps have for investors in Europe?

In Europe the start-up investor climate seem quite different from what investors and entrepreneurs experience in the US. As I am being part of a few different EU based startups I am confronted with ...
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How can a resident of the European Union (not from UK) practically buy stocks? [closed]

I'd like to buy a little amount (say, 5000 €) of stocks. I know it's risky, especially for an absolute beginner like me. Maybe you would like to persuade me to start with stuff such as such as mutual ...
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Ishares Portfolios for EU investor

I am 29 at the moment at looking to start investing as much as I can and build a long term portfolio (aiming at around 2000 USD/month). Since I am based in the EU, I have no access to US based ETF ...
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Arrange custody for CREST-qualified London Stock Exchange shares

I own some shares in a non publicly traded investment company / mutual fund and I am told that the company is going to seek listing in the London Stock Exchange and have its shares become "CREST-...
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How to buy gold in small portions in Europe? [closed]

In a couple of years, my child will go to college. I want to save up some money for that time. I need to store that money in something that will preserve some value even after 5-10 years. Therefore I ...
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Is there reporting for commodities and forex trades?

I was wondering why stock trades are required to be reported to the exchange or trade reporting facility, but why other asset types like commodities, forex etc. don't have to be reported? I couldn't ...
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What are the best investments to increase wealth long-term in France?

TL;DR: Are PEE (company savings), PEA (stocks) and renting the best options in France long-term? I am single, 26, living rent-free and wondering how I should proceed to ensure my financial stability ...
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Opening account for family in my name

Sibling of mine asked me to open an bank account for her in my name. She wants to fill it with her savings and use it on day-to-day basis with a debit card. I have a strong feeling this could ...
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With constant travel, is it possible to not have a tax residence?

We're in the EU (EU passports) and planning on spending the next couple years traveling. Income is coming through a company I have set in a country I was never a resident of. The only taxes I'm ...
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Can one transit a friend's money through one's account cause any issue (e.g., triggering some tax event)?

For convenience and/or avoiding some banking fees, one may want to transit a friend's money through one's account. E.g. Alice's bank account in France -> Bob's bank account in France -> Bob's bank ...
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European citizen investing in MSCI USA index ETF: to hedge or not to hedge?

Located in Europe, I am thinking about a long-term (~20 yrs) investment into an ETF that follows MSCI USA Index. I am stuck: should I pick an euro hedged fund or a normal one. My salary is in Euros, ...
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How do I invest in an index with a small initial investment (E.U. question)

I just started earning a comfortable surplus for the cost of living of Poland. I have around 700 Euros every month of this surplus and I read that investing in index tracking funds has the higher ...
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Filing a tax return due to US bank interest for non-US persons

Does the mere ownership of a US bank account that earns some interest require a non US person (say, based in Europe, EU in particular) to file a US tax return? Are there any other reporting ...
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What are online payment options with no chargeback protection?

What exactly are chargebacks and chargeback fraud? Is it a complaint about not receiving the product, or is it about the customer saying that he did not authorize the payment? If I understand ...
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I still have my German bank account, but I'm not residing within the EU anymore. Can I use it to receive EU income?

I lived in Germany for 2 years (up until earlier this year) and used my Comdirect bank account to receive my salary while I was working there. Fast-forward and I leave my job and return to my home ...
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On what amount am I supposed to pay VAT for sales?

My question comes after reading this article about Amazon paying just £15 million in tax for European revenues of over £9 billion. Here, I am confused about when businesses pay VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX). ...
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Is it possible to work in a country and pay taxes in another within the EU?

As an EU citizen and within the EU, is it possible to remotely work in one country and pay taxes in another? My particular case would be: Employed, registered and paying taxes in Ireland Living in ...
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Paying VAT in foreign counties

I'm planning to sell (my own) software (yearly license actually) online, worldwide, from my Europe based company, business to business only. I'm really not into any financial topics but reading about ...
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I need a car for 2 years. Buy or lease (or something else)?

My current situation: I live in UK I'll be soon moving to Europe I'll be back in UK in approx. 2 years I don't own a car at the moment When in Europe, I'll be needing a car. However, I'm not sure if ...
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How does my current insurance work?

Sorry for the vague title, in case location matters this is done in Europe, Austria. And all of this was handled by the same agent. I will first write down what this is about and then ask the ...
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How to get money from bangladesh

The situation Recently we sold some property in Bangladesh. It gained a nice sum of money, but now we are a bit stuck on how to get it out. We can be flexible but prefer to transfer it to a west ...
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Is UK part of my EU state pension lost after brexit?

I worked for a few years in a few EU28 countries. According to the principle of aggregation of periods each country will contribute to my pension. I am only 27 and it doesn't seem likely that I am ...
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How can an EU citizen best hedge NASDAQ?

Background: I have a NASDAQ-heavy portfolio, and wanted to use the SQQQ ETF (Short leveraged Nasdaq-100 ETF) as a way to hedge on days when I expect the whole index to go down (one sub-question here ...
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IBAN money transfer, safe transaction

Is there any way to guarantee that an international european bank money transfer transaction (between private sellers) is safe? I mean, I will pay for a product, how do I guarantee that it arrives in ...
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How do I improve my ability to get loans to use as leverage for my business? [duplicate]

Relating to Europe, but an US-focused answer is also welcome. Plan: I have a small stain on my credit history due to a tax issue. I am otherwise financially sound. I am not big enough for a bank to ...
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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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EU Merchant asking credit card details on paper form, violation of GDPR?

An EU Merchant (based in Germany) is asking me to fill up a form with credit card details in it (card number, CVV, expiry date), then print it, sign it, scan it and then send them the scanned copy. If ...