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Buying Vanguard Total World Stock ETF in Germany via Flatex

I would like to invest in ETFs via an online broker in Germany (I use Flatex). I would like to buy an ETF tracking the MSCI World Index. The two main options I am considering are Vanguard Total World ...
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why is it always advisable to file taxes at the end of the fiscal year?

For a student living in Germany and having only income a tax-free scholarship, why is it always advisable to file taxes at the end of the fiscal year, as suggested by this answer
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Can I keep a German Bank account as non-resident

Last year (2019) I(non-european) did an exchange in Aachen, Germany (for 1 year) and had to open a bank account in Germany. I left it open on purpose when I left (around October) because I had an ...
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How much do I need to pay as taxes for this investment? How to calculate it?

I am relatively new to both investing and doing your taxes in Germany. I have read many articles, none of which were official documents because I couldn't find them (also I don't know German). But I ...
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Where is the fiscal resident of international students receiving scholarship

I am a citizen of Turkey, and I am studying in Germany while receiving a scholarship from the German government. Where is my fiscal residence?, i.e where is my tax-residency? Edit: I have no other ...
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Can public scholarship holders in Germany invest in stock market without losing their scholarship?

In Germany, if a person (a German national or not) receives a public scholarship (i.e funded by the government), they cannot earn more than 400Euros addition to the money they are getting from the ...
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German taxes while working in two different countries in 1 year

So in 2019 I spent 6 months working in Germany, moved out, and then spent 6 months working in Thailand (completely different companies). My family lives in Germany long-term, I have most of my stuff ...
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Is 400 euros suitable for data science internship? [closed]

Is 400 euros/month suitable for a full-time German data science internship? It's for bachelors level and will contribute towards course credits. The pay rate seems extremely low (since even a mini job ...
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How safe are those online brokers and what to look for?

I am relatively new to the investment world. I know enough about economics & finance and I have bought & sold government bonds through my bank before. I am moving to a new country (Germany) ...
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Want to buy an american stock (Tesla) but I'm in Germany, which exchange should I go through for the best tax treatment?

I am a resident of Germany. Should I buy stocks on the Nasdaq or the German electronic exchange Xetra from a tax point of view?
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How to Compare Stock Exchanges?

Its not clear to me from a tax perspective (or other) which stock exchange I should buy from. For example; stock X may be available to buy on NDQ, FRA, or XET. What are the criteria for deciding from ...
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How to best make 100k EUR from 20k EUR within in 18 months [closed]

We will need around 100000 EUR by the end of 2021. We are willing to invest 20000 EUR. So how would we quintuple our funds within 18 months? We are aware that this is a high-risk undertaking and that ...
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When to declare a yearly bonus in Germany

I have been working for most of the past year in Germany as an EU national in a medium sized IT company, last January I was paid a yearly bonus in brutto corresponding to the previous fiscal year. I ...
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How much does a financial advisor charge in NRW, Germany?

I am 24 yrs old, software engineer working in Germany. I was able to save major chunk of my earnings and i am interested in investing the savings. I am interested in Real estate along with certain ETF'...
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Waiting for a refund that was approved 4 months ago. Company stalling and not getting back to me. Can I charge them interest on the sum they owe me?

As the title says, I booked a ticket with an airline (Condor Air) August, 2019. On December, 2019, I was granted a refund because their parent company went bankrupt and the airline stopped operating ...
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How/Where to open account for buying ETFs in Germany for beginners?

I'm from 3rd world country in Asia and have been living in Germany for a year and I want to invest some money (few thousands Europe as total and few hundred per month) to what called ETFs (exchange ...
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How is Deutsche Bank's vermögung service ROBIN?

I have been searching for different possibilities to invest in the markets for long term holding and trading. I do not intend to do leverage based trading and working with leveraged ETF's is not in my ...
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Better way to invest for a short time for a period of one year

I am having a rather confusing financial situation. A the moment, I am having around 1200 euros a month on savings. I have the emergency fund already set up. The only huge debt i have that i need to ...
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Tax Residency under FATCA and CRS

I am an Indian citizen and a PR holder in Germany. I am opening a depot account in Germany and there is a question about Tax residency. I would like to know if I am a resident for tax purposes only in ...
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Capital gains tax on profits from stock market in Germany

I was wondering whether there are any tax provisions on capital gains from stock trading in Germany dependent how long the stocks are held. can anyone please help me with that information ? Thank you.
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Carrying on loss from one type of income to another type for tax deduction

I have been wondering about tax question from the perspective of german tax system. Assuming that i have two kinds of income, income A from my full time job and income B is from the investments like ...
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Does Germany has a Tax law similar to Like-kind exchange ( section 1031 of IRS in US)?

I am 24 year old software developer living in Germany. I am an expat here and I am about to receive my permanent residence (Niederlassungserlaubnis) in a year. I am very interested in investments ...
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Can anyone give me an idea about investment scenario in Germany and the services I might need to be better equiped to invest?

I am 24 years old and have recently started working as a software developer in Germany. At the moment I have not commitments for family or kids and I believe this is the right moment for me to ...
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Does Schufa know how much you use your credit cards?

I read that if you use your credit cards, you build credit. I also read that if you get credit cards, your creditworthiness suffers. Both of these seem to make sense. Doing the former means that you ...
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How to cancel a credit card you currently have debt on if the bank won't respond?

Several months ago, I got a credit card from Santander. I've tried many times to get their app Santander Sign set up and after about two months, it finally worked. But I still can't sign in because ...
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french citizen living and paying tax in Germany : taxes applied to owned French bank accounts?

I am french citizen, but living and working in Germany. I pay taxes in Germany. I have with a French bank a "livret development durable" ("sustainable development bank account") on which interests are ...
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Working remotely from Germany into a foreign country

I am German citizen and got excited about remote positions. However, how does that work with German health insurance, German retirement plans and so on? Is there a possibility to still be employed in ...
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Filed taxes for 2016, 2017, then 2018. Now got the confirmation for 2018, is that order fishy?

I helped somebody else file their German taxes. We could go back until tax year 2016 and I know that you have to file them in chronological order. Therefore we sent off 2016, then 2017 and after that ...
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Investment Grade ETFs and their costs

If I was about to buy some LU0508799334, hold them for a while (ideally about 20 or 30 years) and then sell them again, could that be problematic? Its KIID specifies that the costs of buying or ...
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In which country do I pay capital gain taxes, as a German with a US Internship?

This year, I did an internship in the US, and during that time I bought some stocks. Now I am back in Germany, and got dividend payments on these stocks, and also want to sell some of them soon. ...
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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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How to calculate Income Tax in Germany?

In order to calculate my net salary I am using this calculator and it works pretty well: I have the exact same numbers on my payslips. I am able to calculate every tax by myself starting from my ...
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Is getting Schufa entries you don't recognize deleted always advantageous?

I recently obtained my credit score information from Schufa. I chose the free option ("Datenkopie"). The oldest entry is this one (blanked out by me): I don't remember ever having done business with ...
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Do insurance rates depend on credit scores?

When reading up on credit scores, I came across this article. It contains this paragraph: A bad score can become a black mark that leads to missing out on the home you want (credit checks are a ...
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Do consumption loans affect my credit score positively or negatively?

I want to build some credit in case I ever need a loan for something. I have never had any debt except for my credit card that I now have for about a year. But I only used it for a single purchase in ...
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How much is my signing bonus after taxation in Berlin Germany?

an employer is offering 3K EUR as signing bonus, I was told that it's taxable, so I want to calculate how much tax do I have to pay and how much will be the 3K after all tax deductions? I live in ...
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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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Buying a car as a freelancer - Business costs

I am a freelance software developer, and I am thinking of buying a car, which I would probably use every now and then for personal matters, but mostly for business related trips. What are the ...
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In Germany, how can I maximize the impact of my charitable donations?

I have recently reached a point in my life where I want to start making regular donations to worthwhile charities, but I have no idea which charity is most "deserving" of my money. I understand that ...
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Index funds vs 3 funds financial products for long-term investment / retirement

Some company is trying to sell me financial products where there are 3 funds: Apologies that it's in German. Rough translations: Left one: This fund secures the selected guarantee. Center one: This ...
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What are the costs of being an unsuccessful freelancer for a year?

I'm trying to get a rough idea what being an unsuccessful freelancer in IT for a year would cost. Unsuccessful means not being able to bill a single hour for the year and therefore having no income. ...
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Do negative bond yields pay out public debt?

I noticed that german bonds offer negative yields, as you can see in this table.My question is, considering Germany is returning less money than received, does that mean the sovereign debt is ...
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Get written statement from landlord for a mold that could happen because of his decision over phone?

In my apartment I closed up the ventilation in my bathroom with baking paper. The reason is since it is summer many insects like hornets, wasps and even centipedes started coming from that ventilation ...
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What happens with a credit card account in Germany after the card is blocked/closed?

I have an everyday account in a bank in Germany and a Visa credit card account in the same bank. At the end of each month the negative credit card balance is automatically balanced by an automated ...
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How to withdraw cash from a credit card if the cash advance limit has been reached

I have a German bank account and a Visa credit card attached to it, but left Germany some time ago and live in a non-European country. Last Monday a bank officer from the German bank called me on my ...
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Can I invest in the German stock market as an international student?

Can an international student, holding student resident permit invest in the German stock market? As international students are not allowed to start a business so does that restrictions also apply to ...
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Tax in Germany on ETF, government bonds, stocks

I've heard Germany tax rate on ETF capital gains and dividends is Kapitalertragsteuer + Solidaritätszuschlag = 26.375% (assuming you don't want to pay church tax also) Is this tax rate the same on: ...
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Tax relaxation for Indians in Germany

I have recently employed in Germany for one year. I am from India. Is there any tax relaxation for Indians in Germany? I am married.
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Why is Baader Bank always a tiny bit cheaper?

I recently started buying ETFs. One weird thing I see is that Baader Bank is always a tiny bit cheaper. In the example below, Tradegate is 0.4% more expensive than Baader Bank: The difference is not ...
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Cash payment in used car dealership

I plan to purchase in a used car dealership without financing. In order to be prepared to buy on the spot what money transfer options are common place? If all possible I prefer a method which leaves a ...

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