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Who does Mario Draghi remind me of?

Every time I see a picture of ECB president Mario Draghi in the newspaper, I feel a small flicker of recognition. It's starting to drive me bananas. Who does he look like? Google image link here.
posted by rollick on Mar 7, 2014 - 38 answers

Best banking solution for being paid in pounds, but living on euros?

For the next three years, I will be paid in sterling pounds as an UK employee. However, I will be living in the Netherlands for the next 1-3 years (so, potentially during the whole contract). What is the best solution for a bank account that takes in pounds, but allows me to spend euros? I would like a Dutch, euro bank account for the time that I am in the Netherlands. I want to try to avoid transferring all of my salary to euros, as I may move to the UK soon... and transferring pounds to euros and back to pounds seems like a waste of money. [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Aug 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Transferring foreign currency in China

Asking on behalf of two friends in China: one (not a Chinese national) wants to loan a large amount of money to the other (who is Chinese). The problem is the foreigner's account (even though it's a Chinese bank account) is in Euros. They tried to go to the local (Chinese) bank and do a transfer, but were told that it was illegal to transfer a foreign currency to a Chinese person like that, and that they would have to first convert all the money to RMB and then could give it to him, but that gets pretty expensive with exchange rates and fees, since this is apparently a pretty large sum. So the question is: What's the best way for a foreigner to transfer his money, in euros, at his Chinese bank account to the Chinese bank account of a Chinese national? Is there any bank card or service which the Chinese national can apply for to make it easier?
posted by jef on Mar 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Books or articles on the history of the EU?

Looking for a great book/article/essay on the history of the European Union and the current economic crisis there. [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Oct 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Foreign currency exchange in Gainesville, FL?

Where can I change my Sterling and Euro banknotes to USD in Gainesville? [more inside]
posted by pont on Sep 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Footy in The D

Where can we watch tomorrow's Euro Cup final in Detroit? [more inside]
posted by Fred Wesley on Jun 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Greek economic problems affect interest rates?

How will the Greek economic problems and related Euro currency issues affect interest rates and the property market in other continents, especially Australia?
posted by gttommy on Jun 2, 2012 - 2 answers

C'mon, let's move it!

I'd love your recommendations for some upbeat, happy, dance/electronic music (probably from Europe), based on a couple of tracks inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 28, 2012 - 4 answers

How will the Euro die?

Could I get an explanation (as free of political bias and buy-gold-and-ammo hysterics as possible) of how the unraveling of the Euro would go down, how such an unraveling would affect the rich and poor nations of the EU, and what economic impact it would have on the US economy?
posted by dw on Dec 3, 2011 - 21 answers

In USD, would the price of gold fall with the Euro?

If the Euro collapses, will the price of gold in US Dollars fall as people seek to hold a stronger currency?
posted by 5ean on Nov 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me weather the economic storm

While nothing is certain, both the left and the right are noting the growing chances of a serious and devastating eurozone crisis, one which will not spare the US. What can people on the lower end of the income scale do to protect ourselves from what may become a terrible economic situation? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Nov 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Euro fears

Retirement funds worry - Euro seems shakey, where best to shift mutual funds [ 80 K +/- ] mixed risk based 401 K to provide security, no great need for income, just a really safe harbor that, for a couple years, can be achieved by shifting the portfolio on-line. Simple stuff [ I sure hope ]
posted by Freedomboy on Nov 9, 2011 - 6 answers

I don't understand monies.

Forex filter: Why is the Euro still worth more than the US dollar? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Nov 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Please explain this Economist article on the Euro.

Can you please help me understand this Economist article? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Sep 19, 2011 - 8 answers

I need a new UK bank account. Are there any that provide solid online banking, sensible fraud protection, and multi-currency?

I need a new UK bank account. Are there any that provide solid online banking, sensible fraud protection, and multi-currency? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Sep 14, 2011 - 17 answers

Should I transfer CAD to EUR in bulk right now for the next couple months?

I'm a Canadian going to be traveling in Europe starting in a few weeks, up until maybe Nov. I originally intended to just withdraw funds from my CAD account when needed where I would get whatever the CAD to EUR exchange was at the given time. With the economy as it is should I consider opening a EUR account and transferring a bunch of funds right now?
posted by dino terror on Aug 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Currency exchange timing

If you were visiting Europe in mid-August, would it make sense to exchange US dollars now? I'm worried about the dollar tanking against the Euro in light of a possible default and the remaining parade of economic horrors.
posted by cedar on Jul 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Should I buy currency now in case the US dollar falls before my big trip?

Should I buy some Turkish currency now, ahead of my two-week September trip to Istanbul, to hedge against the (hopefully remote) possibility that U.S. politicians will not raise the debt ceiling by August? Or euros? Are there other steps I should take now to protect myself, just in case? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 30, 2011 - 11 answers

How to accept Euro payment without European bank account?

How can I be paid in Euros from a European bank account, without having a European bank account myself? [more inside]
posted by otakuj on Sep 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Chill Wind Blows Through Europe...

So is the Euro currency about to collapse? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde on May 20, 2010 - 20 answers

Should I convert CAD to EUR this early?

I'll be traveling to Ireland in the fall of next year. Is now a good time to get a bunch of Euros for cheap? [more inside]
posted by ODiV on May 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Save your European money, boys....

I've read a few articles that mention the collapse of the Euro. Any idea what that would look like? Could a country like France or Germany simply walk away? Could the currency survive that? What would they do until they had fresh DM or francs or whatever?
posted by codswallop on May 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Help me repay my debt from abroad

Help me repay my debts from abroad: My considerable student loans are in CDN, but I am earning in EUR - can/should I move my debt? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on May 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Gold as an investment

Is gold a currency, or a commodity? Both? something more complicated? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Apr 28, 2010 - 11 answers

What's going on with Greece capping the amount of cash one can spend?

From a Reuters newsreport about Greece's government response plan to their economic meltdown: "From 1. Jan. 2011, every transaction above 1,500 euros between natural persons and businesses, or between businesses, will not be considered legal if it is done in cash. Transactions will have to be done through debit or credit cards" Are they doing this for any other reason than making it easier to collect a sales tax? How can they enforce it? What will happen if someone pays for an item with over 1500 euros in cash, will someone repossess it? Have other countries done something like this?
posted by Kattullus on Feb 15, 2010 - 6 answers

How do i pay a small hospital bill from France?

How do i pay a small hospital bill from France? [more inside]
posted by doiheartwentyone on Oct 16, 2009 - 5 answers

USD to EUR/Spanish Debit Cards

LivingAbroadFilter: What can I, in particular, do to avoid conversion fees from USD to EUR? [more inside]
posted by PaulingL on Sep 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Where to exchange dollars and euros?

Where to exchange euros for dollars? [more inside]
posted by meantime on Aug 25, 2009 - 9 answers

*thud* *thud* *thud* *thud*

BubbleGumPopFilter: My deep shame as a professional musician is that I love European bubblegum techno pop music. I've heard a bunch, but I'm craving more - what should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Mar 9, 2009 - 28 answers

How to hedge personal finances against currency exchange (Euro/AuD) upheavals?

Please help me calculate the risks and likelyhoods of the Euro rising or falling against the Australian Dollar in the next twelve months. [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Mar 4, 2009 - 8 answers

Gold! Always believe in your soul, you've got the power to know...

I am basing my Masters in International Business thesis on Prof. Barry Eichengreen's 1998 paper, 'Does Mercosur Need a Single Currency?' Although by no means an expert, I've been interested in the Austrian School for a long time and, as a result, am instinctively distrustful of central banks and fiat money. Can anyone direct me to any reputable, well-written and persuasive essays arguing the inherent weaknesses of currency unions in relation to this? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Nov 3, 2008 - 2 answers

EUR/GBP Exchange Rates ... What's going to happen?

I know very little about the money markets and exchange rates - does anyone with more knowledge than me have a reasonable handle on why the EUR/GBP exchange rate has jumped so much in the last year... And where it might stop? [more inside]
posted by benzo8 on Sep 3, 2008 - 3 answers

D1am0ndz r 4ever

Can anyone recommend somewhere good to buy an engagement ring in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei on Jul 6, 2008 - 5 answers

7 hours, how to study?

I have the day to study for AP exams and prepare a presentation. How can I spend it most effectively? [more inside]
posted by LSK on Apr 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Help my friend plan an EUROventure

Help plan an Euro Delivery of a new BMW trip. [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Apr 25, 2008 - 3 answers

What should a European do with this American savings account that is depreciating in value?

European who has USD in an American account - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2008 - 4 answers

How do I invest in Euros?

Are there any financial institutions available in the US to buy Euros as a hedge against the falling dollar? [more inside]
posted by pikaboy202 on Mar 4, 2008 - 20 answers

converting dollars to cheese!

I'm going to Europe for at least a year in September. When should I convert my dollars to euros? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Mar 3, 2008 - 17 answers

How to avoid losing most of my inheritance to Uncle Sam?

How do I get money (30,000 Euro/$50,000) from Europe to the United States with the least amount of pain? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Feb 26, 2008 - 22 answers

FX gives me a headache

I am permanently moving from the US to Europe in about a month. I have about $50K in savings in HSBC high (and ever-falling) interest account. I am at a loss as to what to do with this money. Money-savvy Mefites, please come to the rescue. [more inside]
posted by barrakuda on Feb 15, 2008 - 18 answers

Dollars for Moldovanians!

Why don't small countries use the dollar or the euro in place of their own currency? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Dec 29, 2007 - 15 answers

How can I quickly compare prices of common items here in the states vs. in various foreign countries?

How can I quickly compare prices of common items here in the states vs. in various foreign countries? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr on Nov 26, 2007 - 5 answers

[forex filter] Who knows how many euros one dollar will buy next summer? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller??

What do currency speculators think the euro-dollar exchange rate will be in June 2008? Are there online sources that currency speculators use to project or predict exchange futures? Can non-traders see these sources? Am I asking for something that just doesn't exist??? [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee on Nov 7, 2007 - 7 answers

Saving money in euros...

I keep all my savings in a Citibank e-savings account, which is like a regular savings account, only with a higher interest rate. Recently, the dollar has totally been tanking, and this trend doesn't show any signs of reversing. What's the easiest, safest, most profitable way for me to save my money in euros instead of dollars? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Nov 2, 2007 - 29 answers

When to convert Dollars to Euros?

Financial Advice: I need to convert a lot (10k?) of Dollars to Euros in the next few months. When should I? Are there some pretty well-known patterns in the ebb and flow of these currencies?
posted by sirion on Sep 9, 2007 - 18 answers

Best exchange rate

Exchanging euros to dollars for a vacation. What's the best way? [more inside]
posted by sic on Jul 10, 2007 - 18 answers

How to make a small profit with currency if you have regular access to the Euro and Slovak Crown?

How to make a small profit with currency if you have regular access to the Euro and Slovak Crown? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Feb 24, 2007 - 4 answers

What the EU will do to protect the Euro.

Can the European Union "take over" a country's economy? [more inside]
posted by easyasy3k on Apr 20, 2006 - 7 answers

I am looking for Euro-Trance Music Videos. Are there any good sources, possibly torrents?

I am building a collection of music videos and currently, I have about 100 or so videos that range from rock to metal and etc, however, I am in desperate need for Euro-Trance videos in .mpg format from the likes of names such as Groove Coverage, Tomcraft, Tiesto, Ferry Corsten, and etc. Does anyone know if there are any download/torrent sites deticated to this genre? Thanks in advance.
posted by cheero on Feb 9, 2006 - 4 answers

How to open a bank account abroad?

Does anyone have any experience opening a bank account in a country in which they are not resident? I live in Britain and would like an account in France. [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic on Jun 28, 2005 - 4 answers

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