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If I have a no-forex-fee US credit card, does it make sense to use it right now in Canada since I'm basically paying 69% of the price (since I'm not losing anything to conversion fee)?
I have the Bank Amerikard travel VISA, which has no foreign transaction fee for credit card payments. Does it make sense for me to use it for all my credit card uses in Canada at the moment when it's 1.45:1? Is there any reason for me NOT to do that?
For Canadian Clients of VantageFX (or Canadian Forex Traders in General)
As you likely already know, VantageFX will no longer service Canadians residents as of Nov 30th. This is unfortunate, since VantageFX has done an excellent job serving Canadian clients with higher leverage account options from a well regulated and trusted broker. Through contacts in the industry, we've been made aware of a new retail account offering at Pacific Union. Pacific Union has a good history of servicing institutional accounts and has only just started taking on retail clients, but they are positioned to service the Canadian clients in the space that VantageFX has left behind. Further, we were made aware of Pacific Union first by contacts at VantageFX, and then this recommendation was backed up by a trusted source who works closely with both companies. Again, to be very clear, this post isn't to give undue attention to some random broker.. we are providing this info because Pacific Union is a proper alternative for Canadian based traders that will no longer be serviced by VantageFX. On that note, I've updated the wiki to include Pacific Union Prime - https://puprime.com: Subreddit's Canadian Brokers Wiki Page The only major difference I have noticed so far is lacking MT5, but the word is that Pacific Union will be reviewing MT5 and other enhancements to their offing next quarter after they get past the launch of their retail offering. Key highlights from my perspective:
Up to 500:1 leverage available for Canadians, and while that much leverage may not be needed, even just 100:1 is decent compared to ~33:1 leverage set by IIROC with onshore brokers.
Client funds are segregated at an Australian bank, so you're getting some overlap of Aussie banking / regulatory rules and that's a huge plus when it comes to safety of funds and the finance side of things
No fee on credit card deposits / withdrawals, and no fee on Visa Debit and MasterCard Debit deposit / withdrawals. Transactions are completed within 30 minutes.
No fee on Interac e-Transfer deposits.
Remember, going offshore means you lose CIPF protection on funds, so a well vetted and properly regulated broker is a must! UPDATE #1: Oct 6th: Took this post off sticky and redacted some info as the connection between VantageFX and Pacific Union Prime was not "official". Pacific Union is still a great alternative / replacement for Canadian clients seeing higher leverage accounts and who are no longer serviced after VantageFX left Canada. UPDATE #2, Oct 8th: Adjusted this thread again to best reflect where Pacific Union Prime fits with VantageFX and former Canadian VantageFX cleints.
No Agent Taobao Direct Buying Guide! Let's view all baby and determine
Taobao Direct Guide for users familiar with 3rd party agents and navigating taobao (with chrome google translate on, hence the title)
Taobao direct consolidation and shipping is available in the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan. This review is primarily geared towards the US as that’s where I live.
What is Taobao direct? Basically instead of copying and pasting the item URL into the agent website, you add items to your cart like a regular ecommerce site, check out, wait for items to arrive in the warehouse (similar to what happens when you use an agent) and then when all your items from various sellers are in, you request the logistics company to send everything to you. Disclaimer: I have no Chinese fluency written or otherwise. I did everything through Google translate and my experience with how tb works through agents. If something goes wrong I will probably write off the item 🤣 if you communicate a lot with the ts who use translators it also helps get your point across. If you type in English in tb live chat they will redirect you to the HK/tw help staff who have medium English. Also I bought items I purchased previously with an agent or vouched for here on RL or had crazy high reviews/ratings. Pros:
Duck the agent fees and exchange rate bs
Shipping is cheaper but EMS is the only option right now
If you are overcharged for shipping you can get a refund
It’s also easier to collect the discounts and coupons from stores (ymmv with agent)
Not good for reps or mainstream branded rep items as they can be marked as contraband by taobao and then you have to get a refund and return to the seller
You pay 5% sales tax (see note at the end) and 3% on the total payment through alipay with a foreign cc (regardless if your cc does not charge forex)
No qc pics and can't really control the declared value if that matters
Other categories of items like make up brushes, liquids, powders, sharps, etc. are not eligible
20 day hold limit apparently every day after that is charged 1 yuan per item per day
I think the ideal usage for taobao direct would be light items like innerwear, jewelry, soft/non fragile goods, generally clothing and shoes although I don’t know if they will include the box by default. Please see here for the image guide for ordering Sorry in advance if my descriptions are wonky, I'm not great at following OR writing instructions but hopefully the screenshots make it easier to follow along.
Create an account (there are various guides out there for overseas members) and go into your account and add your home address (or the superbuy warehouse address)
Find your items and change the delivery location to "overseas", add to cart
When you're ready to check out hit check out, enter your cc info on the alipay (remember to use a card that doesn't charge foreign transaction fees) and confirm it goes through.
Wait for all your stuff to come in. When its in the tb warehouse it will show up in the "consolidated delivery" section tagged with a weight (usually volumetric or actual). The 20 day countdown will start once its available for international shipping.
After all your items are in, or you can batch up by selecting items on the consolidated delivery page, submit for delivery. Pay again through alipay.
Use the check logistics option to get the tracking info and wait for your haul!
After receiving but before you open, take photos of it on a scale and the lxwxh with a ruler as well. This is because they will overestimate your shipping but there isn't rehearsal shipping like with agents. You can request a refund after the fact with the "refund/complaint" option on the consolidated delivery page (mine says check refund because I've already gone through it)
Getting a refund: select the "only refund" option, "goods received" and "shipping cost does not match" and leave the full shipping amount in. Upload your measurement and weight photos (make sure the file size is not too big). Within 72hr they will reply and ask you to modify your application with the real amount owed (if any). It will go back to your cc through alipay (may take a few days).
Cost comparison: Even after the 5% sales tax and 3% alipay, it cost me $6.20 total from my credit card statement. A 39 yuan top up for sb is $6.53 as of today (if using paypal). For some the qc pictures and the longer storage period are well worth the difference. However a good compromise is the parcel forwarding option in sb. Instead of shipping to your house you can set up superbuy’s warehouse address and pay in taobao and wait for your items to show up in sb. You also have to submit the item link and the tracking # in superbuy so they can find your stuff. There's no sales tax and usually no shipping and you can select the coupons you want. I had a pair of pants make it to the sb warehouse almost 24hr after ordering, and another 24hr after entering my shipping info and item link in sb, it showed up in my account with free (non hd) pictures of the item. Then I cried putting together the shipping parcel lol. This is a good way to dodge the sales tax and hold items for longer. However then you're at the mercy of the shipping costs (but you do have more options for delivery lines and you can customize how you want your items packaged too). The taobao warehouse will really throw everything in there, probably in a poly envelope. The taobao shipping rates are 90yuan for the first .5kg and 48 yuan per every .5 after which is very competitive even after accounting for volumetric weight. Sb ems starts at 186 for the first .5kg and 61y every .5kg after. Of course rates and terms are subject to change with the times. I had a package that came in at 277g when I measured it at home but I was charged for 1.6kg. After sending in the package images they refunded 144yuan (the true volumetric weight was about .97kg.) Taobao volumetric calculation is lxwxh (cm)/6000. Timeline wise I submitted 8/16 and received 8/28 although I think because it was so light they used epacket/china post because it was not an EMS tracking # big sigh. Still less than 10 days can't complain. Hope this helps! I'm sure I missed something on this guide so feel free to leave any questions and I will update the post accordingly. Apologies this is very us-centric, I also cannot comment on getting a refund or exchange from sellers before you ship out but there is now english support (albeit a bit wonky) through chat and aliwangwang+google translate can get you pretty far. Ps: highly recommend using the app too as its easier to get chat messages from the seller. You can screenshot and upload images to Google translate to read the text.
Moving to London from Canada (30y/o) and looking for the basics: bank account, phone plan, credit card, etc.
Greetings from /PersonalFinanceCanada ! I am looking to move to the UK in the coming months to live with my partner who is working in London. I am able to telework/remote work from the UK with my current Canadian job that pays in Canadian dollars. I have a work Visa for the UK, but am not looking just yet. The pay is good enough, even with the low dollar, high pound, to get by in London. I am hoping some of you can offer some words of wisdom to a financially prudent individual with little knowledge of the UK system. I am looking for a good cellphone plan (I already own a phone, just just a month-by-month or 1-year contract max), an easy bank to open that ideally offers a credit card that I can get with no UK-credit history (I have great Canadian credit history), and any other tips that may aid me in this move. So, for example, any promos from banks or credit cards that are work looking into? I also understand that there are more bills in the UK (property tax, water, heat, electricity, etc.) and many cannot be paid by credit card, but through a current/checking account. How does one best set up their finances for this? Since I'm paid in CAD$ not GBP, I will be transffering using TransferWise the basic amounts I need to get by in London for now, and perhaps using a no fee FOREX credit card for daily purchases. Thank you all! BONUS Q: anyone with knowledge of taxation across Canada-UK, please share. Given I'll be teleworking and paid in CAD$, the UK gov't wont even necessarily know I'm living there, but want to make sure I dont have to pay 2x the tax. :S
I didn't want to hijack this thread: https://www.reddit.com/PersonalFinanceCanada/comments/hmew13/looking_for_new_credit_card/ So I started a new one, I hope that is okay. I am looking for slightly different advice. I've never considered myself as an elite/prestige customer, but maybe I have been selling myself short and using the wrong "class" of credit card. Looking to replace the Capital One World Elite Mastercard because of their reward reduction, but rather than a direct placement, should I be looking for something "better" for my personal situation:
Singularly motivated by the highest possible net return on spending
Prefer flexible benefit (e.g. I don't want aeroplan points or toattempt to redeem through a travel agency)
I don't care about "prestige" or colour or card material
Household income over the minimums I see published on many "prestige" cards like the AMEX Centurian and no household debt
Annual spending ~ $130K per year using revolving credit, must have at least $15K credit limit
Must not be AMEX
I am not incorporated, if that matters, this is not a business card
I don't care about interest rate, balance transfers, annual fees (see net return), spousal fees, etc
I don't care about preferred FOREX rates, although it is a nice bonus
I don't care about perks like front of line access, airport lounges, complimentary bag fees, etc
How To Make Payment With Neteller Neteller Neteller is a payment system originated from Canada, in 1999. Neteller is considered to be a part of the Paysafe Group which is a British global payment group and this group has no banking license. Neteller is an online wallet that allows you to deposit, withdraw and transfer funds online. Neteller provides payments in 24 hours and instant cash transfers to and from affiliated merchant sites and between NETELLER account holders. It targets the customers from social network businesses and forex trading groups. It provides its users a prepaid card, which helps its clients to make payment on online stores that accept Neteller as a payment solution or Mastercard using Neteller prepaid card. What is NETELLER instaCASH? NETELLER instaCASH allows you to use the bank account you registered with NETELLER to transfer funds to your account. And more importantly this facility is available only for canadians. 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Your cash will be sent electronically to your NETELLER account. And you can do withdraw in the same day that the amount was deposited Note: All the withdrawals are first approved by the internal review team, which takes approximately up to three business days. Once they process your withdrawal, it will take 2 - 6 hours for the funds to appear in your bank account. Advantages Of Netseller Neteller offers more than 40 payment options to its customers.Most of the merchants choose this platform because here the payment option is well easy to control the funds. It allows its Customers to send money to their merchants as well as receive funds from them. Neteller users can deposit their accounts by transferring money from their online banking account, debit, and credit card. Neteller has the option of VIP programs. In this program the users receive the VIP status , and allows them to perform a high volume of transactions. This status influences fees, withdrawal limits, and other features. 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I need to transfer about a little over 300K USD soon to Canada. Currently I live in the US and still have my RBC account from when I lived in Canada. The US dollars are currently in a US bank account. My plan is to open a RBC US cross border account (no annual fee for first year if I get their account/credit card bundle) and transfer it to my RBC account in Canada which has a US dollar savings account. Then I'll open a RBC direct investing account where I'll perform the Norbit Gambit method using DLR.U/DLR ETF. It seems pretty straightforward, but I was wondering if there are better options. eg. Using a forex trading service here in the US and using that to exchange it to CAD and then sending CAD over directly to my RBC account in Canada. I'm trying to avoid having to open a credit card I have no intention to use (though the card will be opened using my Canadian credit history so I'm not too concerned about the drop in credit score after closing the card later in the year). I don't expect to be doing this kinda transfer again anytime soon. So any accounts I open will be closed fairly quickly. Would be great to hear if anyone has tried the forex route or any other method I haven't mentioned. With the amount I'm transferring, any significant drop in exchange rates results in a few thousand dollars lost (hence why I can't just use normal transfer methods since RBC rates suck).
General banking and best way to transfer $$ from Canada to USA or vice versa periodically
Hello everyone, I accepted a position in Vancouver, which is temporary (2-3 years). I will likely return state side after my appointment ends. I am looking into banking options. I was hoping I could defer to this community's wisdom on making the proper decision. Here are my needs:
Checking account for normal adulting stuff (direct deposit, bill pay, etc)
Savings account (CAD or USD... doesn't matter) with a high yield.
credit card with good rewards and preferably no annual fees.
Finally - a way to transfer CAD to USD or USD to CAD, based on my needs. I have assets here in the states and also some responsibilities that I need to manage. I also plan to liquidate my savings into USD once I move back. I might also need to transfer USD to CAD in case it is needed for emergencies, etc - but, this is not super important as there are other options.
I have bank accounts ( one with no forex fee to withdraw in other countries) and credit cards (one with no foreign transaction fee) that I will maintain while I am in Canada. My top priority is to minimize fees on on fronts with an emphasis on daily banking fees. Any suggestions and tips are much appreciated. Thank you! P.S: This position is prestigious, but doesn't pay much. I don't expect to have a huge sum in savings over the course of 2-3 years. So... we aren't looking at a huge sums to play with if that helps.
Monster trip report: 2 weeks in Japan with 2 kids in July (overview)
Overview and general information: We are a family of 4 (kids 10 and 12) who were in Japan from July 9 to July 21. I typed this up on the plane on my way home to keep the details fresh, and it got a bit out of hand. :-) The weather: we got lucky. Only one day of heavy rain, though it was often overcast and humid, with drizzle/light rain at times. It was never really all that hot in Tokyo. We had one brutal humid and 35 C day in Kyoto, but the rest of the time, the daily highs were around 24-27 C, which isn’t too unpleasant. Money: We did not change money—instead we used ATMs to withdraw yen. We have an account that does not charge extra for this. We mostly used ATMs in combinis. The fees were consistent (and we were pre-warned there would be fees at the machine before completing the transaction): 108 yen for 10,000 yen, 216 yen for anything more. When possible, we used a credit card (we have both US and Canadian cards with no ForEx fees), but many restaurants and attractions only take cash, and cash is needed to refill IC cards. Transportation: We used mostly Google Maps in cities, and HyperDia for trains between cities. We got Pasmo card upon arrival, and used them extensively. We had 7-day Japan Rail passes, which I activated in Ueno station with no wait. I brought a list of desired train reservations, and had them all done at the same time. We were unable to get reservations for desired travel times for Tokyo to Kanazawa, so we took an unreserved car. We got there about 30 min before the scheduled departure, and got 4 seats together without difficulty. Google Maps is super useful. It tells you the exit you should take when leaving each station, which is very helpful. Many train stations have a large number of exits, and taking the wrong one can lead to lots of extra walking. We also found it useful to plot both walking and public transit routes to get from place to place. The estimated costs were very accurate, and it was quite helpful to find comparable routes that use a single company’s line when possible, saving quite a bit for 4 people over many days. We walked A LOT (which is not atypical for our family). Other than that, we took trains of various sorts. We didn’t try buses, so I can’t comment there. The trains look complicated if you look at the whole system, but are actually pretty straightforward once you start using them. Internet: The free wifi in Japan is very painful to use. Slow, and requires lots of registration and re-registration. We relied on a SIM from Singapore that works well in Japan and enabled us to share out data when needed. 2 Gb was enough for a 2 week trip with lots of searching. We had a Pocket Wifi from one of our accommodations, and found it a little annoying to have to track and charge another device, but YMMV. We only stayed places that provided Wifi, so we only used the SIM when out and about. Accommodations: As a family of four, we mostly stayed in family rooms at hostels to keep costs down. All of our accommodations were great except for one (Guesthouse Kintoto in Kanazawa) because the room was sooooo tiny, it was impractical. And when I say tiny, I mean the size of two bunkbeds set less than 30 cm (6 inches) apart tiny. All of our hostels were very clean with good wifi, and all had desk staff for 12-14 hours in case we needed help with anything. There were laundry machines at all of our hostels, helping us pack light for the trip. Food: We ate breakfast from combinis almost every day, and really enjoyed the food in Japan. Our children are big eaters and adventurous eaters, so trying new foods with them is a pleasure. One of my kids was not really into ramen, but loved udon and soba, so we looked for noodle shops instead of ramen shops as our go to places to eat, especially when the kids were getting hangry. We also went to supermarkets and had picnic lunches. What the kids missed most actually was fresh fruit, which is really expensive in Japan. The kids really enjoyed using the vending machines, and going into stores to find new Japanese foods to try (especially snacks). The family favorite vending machine beverage was Melon Skal. Miscellaneous: For souvenirs, we tried to get things the kids would actually use (like Frixion pens and bento lunch boxes), though we let them use allowance to buy what they wanted. I also bought them each one pack of Pokemon cards. For ourselves, we bought a bunch of different kinds of teas and that awesome sesame salad dressing. And cool Uniqlo Gundam T-shirts. ☺ The cut-off age for kids is often elementary school vs older, which is interpreted as 11 or 12 (depending on where you are). For trains, it is 11. My 12 year old daughter is very tall for Canada, making her extremely tall for Japan. We had to show her passport at times to demonstrate her age. Part 1: Tokyo Part 2: Kanazawa and Takayama Part 3: Kyoto Part 4: Tokyo again
Moving from the States, mail forwarding and bank account situation
I'm planning on a move within the next few weeks. For those who've made the move or have any info otherwise, what would be the best mail forwarding service to Canada from the US. Also what did you do with your bank accounts and credit cards? I'm planning to do Amex Global Transfer (for credit history) while using a couple of no-foreign txn fee US cards (Visa/MC) for most of purchases since I'd be paying the balance off from the US bank account (my uderstanding is Visa and MC probably offer closer forex rates to real rates vs. say a bank transfer). One of my accounts also lets me withdraw cash in Canada for a small fee, planning to keep some cash that way. Also I'd eventually have to transfer some cash from my US accounts to Canadian at some point, what are some good banks that are kind to immigrants while offering good savings rate (looking for something like Ally Bank or credit unions in the US)? Is it easy to move the money whenever needed, (for example, to pay for an apartment depsosit) or are there a lot of transfer controls and formality?
Best way to get USD cash when traveling to the US?
I'll be traveling to Florida in January and was wondering what the best way to get USD cash for my trip might be? I have a no forex fee credit card which I'll try to use as much as possible but I figure sometimes I might need to use some cash. I read once that most of the forex places in Canada are probably more expensive than just withdrawing directly in the US from my Tangerine checkings account would be, is that true?
Since we've all been goxxed now is the time to buy those $50-60 coins floating around and profit from everybody else's misery. Or you could wait for Gox to come back online and crash down the price even further but good luck trying to do any trading there to buy coins, the trading engine is already broken I don't expect the new one to work flawlessly due to epic 3yr history of GOXXING BTC-E.com To pay into this exchange, you need a BTC-E code, PM or Okpay. Take pics of your ID and utility bill and pay the $10 to Okpay for 'quick verification'. You can pay bitcoins directly into your Okpay account for initial funding or wait and see how long it takes for reg verification. Now either wire money, or instant money transfer (MoneyPolo, Contact-sys, Unistream) to fund your account or find an Okpay exchanger somewhere. Or Ukash/CashU. Just because contact-sys is Russian doesn't mean there aren't sending points in every country in the world. BTC-E codes you buy on #bitcoin-otc from verified gpg authenticated traders with good ratings, or on bitcointalk.org forums in the currency exchange forums. Perfect Money is a shady HYIP digital currency run by Russians much like Liberty Reserve. You sign up for free, and load your account with wires (if verified) or you use an exchanger. This is what talkgold.com is for to find legit exchangers. I use wm-center.com to wire WU/Moneygram and get PM. Click on 'Interkassa' payment method in BTC-E and select Perfect Money. Instant load. You can also obviously dump Litecoins you bought on Vircurex to fund the account, or a gagillion PPcoins Bitfloor.com Fastest way to deposit is through CapitalOne P2P or cash deposit https://bitfloor.com/docs/#funding-deposit Be aware Bitfloor is insolvent due to owing 25k bitcoins that were stolen last year but they have a repayment schedule that may or may not bankrupt them. Use at own risk but most ppl trade there everyday with no problems. Bitstamp.net Great exchange in Slovakia? I think. You have to pay with Euro SEPA wire, then for some stupid reason they convert the money to USD. You can pay in here using transferwise.com if you're from UK, or XEtrade and other Forex online money transfer companies. Google 'free money transfer fx' and review your options. Most don't charge you anything if over a certain amount of money. They take your internet billing or other local payment, convert to EUR and send SEPA for you if you request it. If they don't then check with Bitstamp what a SWIFT wire costs (probably nothing, I think they use Latvian banks that charge no receiving fees). If you want a bank account in Latvia then sign up here: http://www.rietumu.com/ if you have a local corporation or business where you live you can, maybe a personal account too. You can always incorporate a dirt cheap Delaware LLC or Oregon LLC from anywhere in the world and use it to open up worldwide bank accounts. Bitcoin-24.com Takes direct wires, all sorts of other methods: https://bitcoin-24.com/fees You can also use Liqpay if you have a USD or EUR card. Sign up to liqpay.com, then they block a small verification amount you have to sign into internet banking (for the card) to check. It's usually $1.something or less. After that you are verified to load $1-100 or so, but I'd just try $50 at first. Any more than that and Liqpay will seize the funds and ask for your bank to authorize a fax they send which no bank will do because of privacy reasons, so pointless to load anymore money. Liqpay may also call you to verify card details this is normal. Liqpay is meant for Russians and CIS countries to use like Ukraine so due to epic fraud of credit cards don't expect to load too much this way unless you find a Liqpay exchanger, but what's the point when you can just wire money to bitcoin-24 anyways. Vircurex.com Good exchange, had some problems due to DDoS but so did all exchanges. They only accept BTC, altcoins and VouchX for payment. You buy Vouchx here: https://www.aurumxchange.com/ or from somebody on Bitcointalk, or IRC (with rep). You can buy a bunch of litecoins anywhere to fund this exchange such as the bitcointalk forums or IRC. Warning: the so-called official twitter account is fake, don't use it. Cavirtex.com Can only fund if in Canada, they accept cash deposit and internet billing. Price has been steady at ~$90 all day though no panic selling. LibertyBit.com https://www.libertybit.com/funding various easy methods, new exchange in Canada that takes intl wires and shockingly Interac deposits (easily frauded). Bitcoin China https://btcchina.com/ fast growing exchange, you pay in with Alipay or Tenpay both Chinese methods that westerners can't use or figure out due to no translation. You can probably use Alipay if you find and exchanger to load it, they do exist. **Edit they now support Liberty Reserve deposit and withdrawal Check english forums to see if anybody exchanging Alipay or taking wires. CampBX.com Accepts money orders, and CapitalOne P2P payments. Also accepts Dwolla but you need to be verified. Bitcoin-central.net Just had a major outage due to instawallet hack, appears to be back online. You get your own quasi-bank account when you verify here much like how ecardone.com (liberty reserve) does banking so can transfer to other users legally with vouchers. You can buy a voucher p2p on Bitcointalk forums or IRC or send a bankwire. VirWoX.com You can pay with Paypal to get Second Life "Linden Dollars" then convert to BTC, or at least you used to be able to. I have no idea if this is still the case I've never used them. Or course there's all the fixed price exchangers https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade and https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?board=53.0 for everything from Moneypak to Skrill. You can also risk buying coins on Silk Road with moneypak ==============R U L E S ================================
Learn to use #bitcoin-otc, you'll thank me later. It has the most buying/sell options. Use localbitcoins.com too if you can to avoid bullshit exchange problems
ALWAYS USE 2-FACTOR ID ON EVERY EXCHANGE
Always use 2-factor ID on the email you used to sign up for the exchange
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Enjoy buying all the way down the crash once Gox comes back online and the great sell off begins! Hold them for a year and they'll be worth 10x as much just like the 2011 crash. Bonus points if you speculate on Litecoin, rumor has it Gox will be trading them when they come back online but again, this is MtGox we are talking about so the site could implode on the zerg rush of people trying to get into their accounts or trading engine could sell all your coins for $0.0001 again like they did in 2011. Great successez!
Cashback (Tangerine) vs. Travel (AMEX Gold) - Thoughts?
After years of a mediocre 1% cash back card, I'm wanting to use my good credit rating to take advantage of some new cards but I am looking for other opinions on what is best to swipe for 99% of my purchases. I'm looking at the Tangerine MC for no-fee 2% cashback, good acceptance, and reasonable forex fee. I'm also looking at AMEX Gold Rewards for the large point bonus and good point accumulation on spend. Also good travel benefits package with it as well, and FYF. I go on roughly 1 vacation (out of Canada) per year (some smaller trips within province as well) so I'm not a frequent flyer or need to travel for work. Would a cash back card be better suited for me or would it be worth it to try and wrack up every last point and redeem for trips that I'll likely be taking once a year anyway? My concern with aeroplan redemption is how long it will take to save up enough points for my partner and I to redeem travel; I feel like it may be better suited for solo travelers who want to redeem business (or higher) seats, based on what I've been reading. With some rough calculations, I could be earning about $300 annually with the Tangerine card if I maintain my normal spending habits - a nice little offset to travel costs. Finally, we prefer to take advantage of deals that come through a variety of travel sites like YYZ deals, Skyscanner, etc so airline loyalty isn't a huge thing for us. My gut tells me the cashback card is the better choice but with all of the stories I've read on aeroplan redemptions, it's hard to pass up on starting the churn. Thoughts?
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Best banking setup for receiving US-source income in Canada?
Apologies if this has been asked before; I've researched a bunch of different options and finding information online is pretty frustrating. Thought I'd source the hive mind instead of spending n minutes on the phone with reps who probably won't tell me anything useful anyway... I'm earning USD but living and spending in Canada. Currently I have TD chequing, TD USD daily interest, and TD Bank (US based) chequing. I get $USD deposited into the TD Bank (USA) account, then I get free wire transfers to the TD (CA) USD account. After that... well, it seems my options for converting that USD to CAD are limited. I could transfer to the TD chequing account and eat the 2.5% foreign exchange fee, but I'd rather not, because this is my primary income and it would be a significant chunk of change. I could visit a TD ATM, withdraw cash, and change it at the local currency exchange at good rates, but I'd also rather not have to make that trip and carry around large amounts of cash on a regular basis. TD also charges monthly and transaction fees - not significant in the big picture, but I kinda resent paying fees for shitty banking services that don't even do what I want. Does anyone have a set up they are happy with? Things I've considered:
get a US credit card with no forex fees and do my daily spending on it; pay bills in USD straight from the US account
close out the accounts I don't need, and just use Transferwise - the fee is 1% instead of 2.5%
other banks??? surely other people have this need too
Basically I need to:
receive US-source income in USD
convert it into CAD in a Canadian bank account (that I can use for automatic bill pay, interac, etc, all the usual stuff)
And I would prefer not to spend $50/mth in wire transfers and assorted banking bullshit. Am I out of luck?
We, a family of 3 with a small daughter, are landing in Canada as immigrant newcomers next month, bringing about 25K CAD with us. We also have about 60K CAD as assets in homeland that we are not immediately bringing with us. After some research, here is what we planned to do. I need suggestions from the generous redditors of this forum, if our plans are okay and if we are missing something. Bank accounts I'm appalled by the low interest rates for savings accounts and the tax on interest income. So we'll right away open two TFSAs along with our checking accounts, for me and my spouse and deposit 5K each. The idea is to invest these in ETFs or Stocks. I've shortlisted to open 1 account each in both Questrade and Virtual Traders. Question: If we need 1 USD and 1 CAD TFSA, which amongst Questrade and VT would have what? Questrade allows journaling Norberts Gambit, so do we need both CAD and USD in the same broker to do a Norberts? We are planning to invest only in non-dividend paying USD stocks and ETFs in the USD TFSA. For the regular checking accounts, we'll probably go with TD or Tangerine. TD Newcomer packages provides 6 months of no fee and also a credit card, and a USD account, so looks attractive. After 4-5 months, we can of course open a Tangerine too. BTW, does anyone know which bank offers nice benefits for newcomers? Also, which credit card is good for mainly grocery purchases and eating out? How many days does it take to get a credit card, once I have a SIN? We plan to have one checking account and two credit cards, is it possible? RESP It is possible for us to open a RESP immediately right? We'll be in SK, so I guess there is also a SK education grant. The plan is to open a RESP and deposit 2.5K immediately. Question - which SK institution offers online RESP contribution with no fee? So that leaves us with 12.5K in Cash, of which 6K will go to the TD account towards checking minimum balance (5k) and the rest 6.5k is for taking a rental house and other expenses. I'm also bringing a forex card loaded with 1k which would also be used, but since it won't help us build a credit limit, we don't want to load more into it. We want to buy a used car, say a month later, costing about 3K. Will I be able to use my credit card for that, considering we just got it a month ago? A secured one will help? If we can't use CC, then I've to bring more cash from home. USD vs CAD Do we need to bring a part of this 25K CAD in USD, say 5K USD to go into the USD TFSA? Or can we just bring CAD and avoid fx conversion charges/commissions doing Norberts Gambit after a TFSA CAD is opened in Questrade? We are a bit confused. To make matters worse, CAD is appreciating against greenback and I guess any USD holdings will lose some money in the near future? Homeland Assets I read that we've to maintain a record of fair market values of homeland properties and assets on the landing date, and this would be the adjusted cost base to calculates gains, on future sales. So, we will have this record. Finally, as far personal finances are concerned, are we really missing something in this big move of ours? :-)
Running an online business in USD and losing a ton in forex fees. What are my options?
I'll try to make this short and sweet. I run an online advertising business. I top up all my accounts in USD and get paid in USD, all through my CAD card and account. This obviously costs me a ton in forex fees. The reason I've put finding a USD account on hold for so long is because I started this business on my credit card and line of credit and racked up close to 40k in debt. Now however, I've finally managed to pay off all my debt and I am looking into my options for a USD account and credit card. I am incorporating soon if that matters. My thoughts are that I should go down to the states and open a real US bank account and get a real US credit card so I can get some kind of rewards. AFAIK there are no USD business cards available in Canada with any rewards. In the mean time, I'll probably be opening up a new corporate bank account in Canada when I incorporate. Should I just stick with this and not even worry about earning rewards? I spend 20-30k/mo so I could rack up rewards pretty quickly. TL;DR: Should I open up a USD account in Canada with no rewards, or should I go to the states to open one where I can earn rewards?
Right now segwit2x (BT2) is trading for $1143 and segwit1x (BT1) is $3070 on Bitfinex futures markets. Even with not the greatest terms, you would expect 2x to be much higher. I believe this bodes well for BCC. (61 points, 112 comments)
The other day people were suggesting we do an EDA change before the November 2x fork. Here is why I think that is a terrible idea, and why we should only consider EDA change AFTER the 2x fork. (58 points, 40 comments)
While /bitcoin was circle-jerking to the idea that no exchange would list the SW2x chain as BTC, Bitcoin Thailand's comment to the contrary was removed from the very same thread! (228 points, 70 comments)
By proving that it can be done (getting rid of Core) this will set a HUUGE precedent and milestone that dev teams and even outright censorship cannot overtake Bitcoin. That will be an extremely bullish occasionfor all crypto. (149 points, 84 comments)
The goal of all the forks appears to be to dilute investment in the true forks: Bitcoin Cash and Segwit2x. A sort of Scorched Earth approach by Blockstream. They are going to try to tear down Bitcoin as they get removed. (35 points, 11 comments)
In light of all these upcoming forks, we need a site where you can put in a BTC address and it checks ALL the forks and says which chains still have a balance for that address. This way you can split your coins and send coins carefully. (6 points, 6 comments)
Can we take a moment to appreciate Jeff Garzik for how much bullshit he has to deal with while working to give BTC a long-needed upgrade that Core has been blocking for so long? (278 points, 193 comments)
Everyone should calm down. The upgrade to 2x has 95%+ miner support and will be as smooth as a hot knife through butter. Anyone that says otherwise is fear monguring or listening to bitcoin propaganda. (364 points, 292 comments)
Notice: Redditor for 3-4 months accounts or accounts that do not have a history of Bitcoin posts are probably the same person or just a few people paid to manipulate discussion here. It's likely a paid astroturfing campaign. (38 points, 30 comments)
The latest TED Radio Hour titled “Getting Organized” talks about the decentralized algorithms of ants and how centralization is not the most ideal state of an organization. (2 points, 0 comments)
BCC Miners, two EDAs have locked in. This will reduce mining difficulty to 64.00%. If you are aiming to achieve profit parity, you should start mining after the next EDA (in 2.5 hours), because then the difficulty will be at 51%, which gives profit parity on both chains and steady block rate. (9 points, 14 comments)
Antpool, Viabtc, Bitcoin.com, BTC.com, we need to hear your voice. In the case of a scheduled hardfork for updating the EDA, will your pool follow? (6 points, 18 comments)
Fact: proof of work which is the foundation of bitcoin and not invented by Adam back was designed to counter attacks where one person falsely represents to be many(like spam). Subreddits and twitter dont form the foundation of bitcoin for a reason. (156 points, 27 comments)
I'm a small blocker and I support the NYA (87 points, 46 comments)
Devs find clever way to add replay protection that doesn't change transaction format which would break software compatibility and cause disruption. G. Max responds by saying that this blacklisting is a sign of things to come. (49 points, 57 comments)
Five ways small blocks (AKA core1mb) hurt decentralization (36 points, 4 comments)
Even if bitcoins only use to society was avoiding negative interest rates, bail-ins + bail-outs, that is incredibly useful to society. Of course a banker like Jamie Dimon would call something a fraud that removes a "bank tax" on society by allowing them to avoid these fraudulent charges. (18 points, 0 comments)
There are different kinds of censorship. The core propagandists are unwittingly great advocates of economic censorship (2 points, 1 comment)
Everyone should calm down. The upgrade to 2x has 95%+ miner support and will be as smooth as a hot knife through butter. Anyone that says otherwise is fear monguring or listening to bitcoin propaganda. by Annapurna317 (364 points, 292 comments)
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