Foreign currency accounts Barclays

Bank account to receive US dollars? HSBC? Halifax? Barclays? other?

Hi
 
I will need to be able to withdraw (transfer) money from my brokerage account in the US to my UK bank account. And sadly neither of my bank accounts allow US dollars deposits.
The brokerage allows international bank wire transfers and CurrencyFair (TransferWise is not supported).
My concern with CF is that as part of wire transfer request I'll have to agree to not hold responsible anyone if my money vanishes.
At least that is what I understand from it. See pdf at https://tastyworks.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/43000540765-how-can-i-withdraw-money-from-my-account-international-accounts-
 
So which would be the best bank to open an account where I can receive dollars from the USA, with minimal transfer fees and zero maintenance fees? There is also the forex aspect, but worst case I can send it to TW or CF then.
I guessing maybe HSBC or Halifax or Barclays. But I don't know what are their requirements to open an account that includes an US account.
Two possible setbacks in opening the account: 1) I'm unemployed at the moment and 2) banks are closed.
 
Thanks
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Barclay Stone reviews: Thanks to the pandemic situation the profits of the Swissquote increased up to 120%

Barclay Stone reviews: Thanks to the pandemic situation the profits of the Swissquote increased up to 120%
Swiss Forex broker drastically improved the prognosis of the half year financial indexes.
Swissquote, the Swiss online bank and broker has already joined the whole branch tendency of the later times and improved its own prognosis in terms of the financial indexes in the first half year. These all happened thanks to the pandemic Corona virus situation. "In the circumstances of the total extreme volatility of the financial markets keep on to show a lively interest for all the trading platforms of the Swissquote. During the first months of the year 2020 one could observe a strong volatility at the financial markets, an increased trading activity on the Swissquote trading platform and a massive influx of customers", says the today's release of the Swiss Forex broker. "This caused impressive indexes of the Swissquote in the first six month of the year 2020. The net profit grew up to more than 40% and the profit before paying taxes grew up to 120% in comparison to the very same period of the previous year" is added by the Swissquote. Thus, the net profit of the half year and the re-counted profit exceeds now due to the prognosis of the company SFR 60 millions. The broker would like to remind that due to the previous prognosis which war published on March 17th in this year it is supposed that the trading and profit increase by 10% only. At that times the online broker could already register an impressive interest by the traders for the brands goods and products which shows the customer base itself as well as the volume of the clients facilities of the company accounts. As already said before an extremely high volatility fixed at the financial markets in the very last months added more optimism inside the company themselves. Nevertheless the final indexes of the company activity of the Swissquote (currently registered on the broker list of the Forex Magnets) will be published in the very next half year on the August 11th 2020.
Barclay Stone Reviews
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The ’Prototype’ Narrative - Sunsetting BTC

I usually pitch BSV to between 5 and 10 people a day, and have been doing so on average for five days a week, since around mid February when I first bought into BSV myself.
I started paying attention to Wright in 2017 after I saw his talk at Arnhem*, and then again seriously in November last year after the CoinGeek conference in London, but it took me a couple of months to dig through all of the available information and make absolutely sure that my gut reaction was correct and that my intuition wasn’t lying to me before I decided to go full ‘BSVtard’.
(I have been in Bitcoin since May 2012, but left in 2014, and didn't get seriously involved again until 2017. I stepped out for most of 2018).
The people I pitch to are mostly financial types like Investment Bankers, Wealth Managers, M&A analysts, Risk Assessors, IT admins and system engineers at banks, Lawyers, Accountants, Stock Brokers, Liquidity specialists, Entrepreneurs and Stock, Bond and Forex Traders
I estimate I’ve done around 300 pitches in the last three months to employees of JPM, Citibank, Barclays, Credit Suisse, EY, KPMG, HSBC, BNP Paribas and the FCA, amongst others.
I have memorised Wright’s narrative, watched and rewatched his videos and interviews over and over again, and constantly read and re-read his blog in order to keep up to date with current events and developments.
I’ve found that in my own pitches, presenting BTC as ‘the prototype’ can be quite a neat way of explaining why BTC with a 1Mb block size has a limited capacity and is not really a good business solution for their industry.
It’s just a small stub of an idea, because the truth is quite different, but if you put it in its historical context, I think it makes sense.
Like the Wright brothers’ first attempt at flight, the first prototype of BitCoin may well crash and burn.
I’m also a fan of the ‘BitCoin as a jet engine’ analogy, wherein the block acts like a combustion chamber into which raw transactional data is fed, and from which information is then extracted, that then powers an information economy.
The circular velocity of energy in the system increases as more and more data is fed into the block, and more and more information is extracted, refined, sold, disseminated and recycled.
The result is a kind of ‘data ramjet’, which propels the value of BSV upwards as its circular velocity through the block chain and the mining economy increases.
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Green zone: Dow Jones is rising again

Green zone: Dow Jones is rising again
US stock indexes finished Wednesday on a positive. Standard & Poor's 500 increased by 21.54 points (0.72%), amounting to 3000.93 points on September 11. The Nasdaq Composite value increased by 85.52 points (1.06%) - up to 8169.68 points. The Dow Jones Industrial Average index increased by 227.61 points (0.85%) - up to 27137.04 points.
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At the same time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average will finish in positive territory for the 6th day in a row, which has not happened since June 10. Besides, for the first time since July, it exceeded the mark of 27,000 points, and Standard & Poor's 500 rose above the level of 3,000 points for the first time in 6 weeks, according to MarketWatch.
The Russell 2000 Small Capitalization Companies Index rose 2.1%, increasing the rise from the start of the week to 4.6%. The S&P 500 added just 0.5% since last Friday.
GameStop Corp Securities Price (NYSE: GME). collapsed by 9.8% after a video game retailer reported a loss of more than $ 400 million last quarter. At the same time, revenue and adjusted earnings fell short of analysts' forecasts.
Cost of Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ: AMZN) rose by 0.1%. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has launched a survey of representatives of small companies that sell products on the Amazon platform to determine whether the e-commerce giant uses its market power to infringe on its competitors.
Securities of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) added 3.2%. A day earlier, the company introduced three new iPhone models, including cheaper ones, and talked about plans to enter the video streaming market, where it will offer a subscription at attractive prices for customers. Apple seeks to offset the slowdown in sales of its devices by expanding its offer of new services, including streaming TV and video games.
Quotes of Taxi order services, such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. increased by 1.5% and 2.4%, respectively. The Senate of the US state of California approved a bill that could oblige companies in the so-called gig economy to consider independent workers their employees.
Granting independent employee status to company employees and compensation payments will increase Uber and Lyft expenses per driver by $ 2-3.6 thousand per year, according to a study by Barclays Plc (LON: BARC) and Macquarie Capital.
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Forex day trade platform

I been trading forex on paper account for some time now and I feel ready to start trading forex with a real account. I will be selling my car as I don’t need it in central London. After selling it I will have around £7.5-8.5k and I am looking to put about £3-3.5k to a forex account and with the rest was thinking about a couple penny stock to do with VR and some other penny tech stocks for a few years (3-5years?).
Any advice for a broker / platform for it?
And is Barclays Investment Account is any good?
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Barclays, JP Morgan among banks facing UK class action over forex-rigging

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 61%. (I'm a bot)
LONDON - Barclays, JP Morgan, RBS, UBS and Citigroup are being sued by investors over allegations they rigged the global foreign exchange market, in a test of U.S.-style class actions in Britain.
Litigators have long hoped to replicate in Britain the success of U.S. class action claims against banks, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Barclays, that have resulted $2.3 billion in settlements for big investors.
In May the European Union fined five banks a combined 1.07 billion euros for forex rigging through cartels of traders known as "Essex Express" and "Three Way Banana Split".
O'Higgins told Reuters the total value of the claim would depend on the number of forex trades executed in London for UK-domiciled units - which will be automatically included in the action - and the proportional impact of rate rigging on these.
CLASS ACTION TEST. The "Massive" action is a "Perfect" case to be brought as a so-called opt-out collective class action for breaches of UK or European Union competition law, David Scott told Reuters.
This wrangling has already delayed other class actions and some law firms have chosen a different legal route for offering pension funds, asset managers and other institutional investors the chance to hold banks to account.
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Tips for avoiding card fees and banking charges when traveling abroad long-term [x-post from /r/travel]

I’m leaving on January 1 for open-ended travels, and I thought it might be useful to unpack how I am planning to use credit cards, debit cards and cash to minimize fees and currency-exchange costs.
First, though, I should point out that I’m from the US and using US-based cards, so all the research I’ve done is from that perspective. And my first several destinations will definitely be in Europe, so I assume I’ll be able to use a credit card at most of the places I’ll go.
On past trips, I mostly tried to spend cash everywhere. I have a Chase checking account, and at the beginning of each week I was abroad, I would take out cash for 7 days from a local ATM, for which Chase would charge a flat $5 plus a fee for converting the cash. Most months, this worked out to about $25 in charges, and I just sort of wrote that off as a necessary expense.
This time, I want to be smarter about both avoiding fees and security — I was tempting fate by using a debit card exclusively for all these years. Here is my plan:
The Cards I’m Bringing On My Trip
First, I’m following the advice of Marcello Arrambide at Wandering Trader and setting up two accounts with my bank, still Chase. One has a debit card attached to it, and the other doesn’t. That way, I can easily control the amount of cash my debit card has access to.
Second, I’ll bring a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, which is what I’ll use for all of my non-cash payments. That card has no fees for foreign transactions, and that’s the main reason I got it.
Here are a few other American credit cards with no foreign transaction fees, courtesy of Nomadic Matt:
There are many more such cards, and it appears most people who qualify for a credit card in the US can find a decent card to use abroad.
Tips for Using Credit Cards
Circle or check the amount in the local currency before you sign. If your receipt shows the total in dollars only, ask that it be rung up again in the local currency.
Ideally, you would be able to put most of your spending on your no-transaction-fee credit card and pay that off each month. That would be the cheapest way to spend money abroad — but far too many places are cash-only for that to work.
So, you’ll likely have to eat a charge for taking out money. The trick is to strike a balance between going to the ATM only sporadically and not carrying around fat wads of cash.
Getting Cash
/travel pointed me toward the Charles Schwab High Yield Investor Checking Account as the best way to save on ATM fees when traveling. The Schwab debit card charges no currency conversion fees when withdrawing cash from an overseas ATM, and it will give you a rebate for any foreign ATM transaction fees.
After the Schwab card, the cheapest options for using an ATM are if your card is from a bank that’s a part of the Global ATM Alliance, and you’re withdrawing from an ATM that’s part of that alliance. Keeping ATM withdraws within this network mostly eliminates foreign ATM charges, though there are some exceptions.
Again, protox88 has some helpful advice: Alliance members might still charge a forex spread (the cost of exchanging currencies) of 2.5% on your withdrawal.
When withdrawing cash, it’s best to use an ATM inside of a bank rather than one on the street. I’ve had my debit card data stolen a couple of times by opting for convenient ATMs at a metro station (usually during a night out).
Exchanging Currencies
Currencies and forex used to make my eyes glaze over. After a few years of dealing with this stuff, I’ve learned a few things:
EDIT
A couple of other notes left over from memory and research:
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Banking when travelling.

I am sorry If I am posting this in the wrong sub-reddit, maybe someone of my means is better off on vagabond, however, I am a British student planning on taking a gap year commencing in September. I have savings of around £12,000/$16,500 and am wondering about how to best bank and access my money when travelling. I will probably be staying in 3 or 4 different countries for 3 or 4 months at time so will need to be able to pay rent and expenses in local currencies and potentially get money from any jobs I get paid into it. Would I be best suited to open different accounts with different local banks or getting an account with a global player like HSBC or Barclays etc and hoping they have decent local infrastructure and decent Forex rates?
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The main events of the week: MasterCard and VISA impose restrictions on Forex cards, cryptocurrencies and ICO. See our report for other useful updates.

The main events of the week: MasterCard and VISA impose restrictions on Forex cards, cryptocurrencies and ICO. See our report for other useful updates.
We present to you the report filed by the analysts of our closed club for October 15–22.
Main market events
1) One of the world’s largest asset management companies, Fidelity Investments, announced the launch of a Bitcoin and Ethereum trading platform for institutional investors in early 2019.
2) MasterCard and VISA are imposing restrictions on card payments in underregulated and risky companies from such areas as Forex, binary options, cryptocurrency and ICO. MasterCard promised to do it next Monday, VISA — in December.
3) Users who lost their funds when a Singapore-based WEX exchange disabled the withdrawals decided to team up to take up the matter with the Russian police.
4) Barclays Investment Bank froze the launch of its crypto-trading project. The reason for that was not disclosed.
5) Sony will develop a blockchain for its written data copyright management system.
6) A new version of the Parity Signer app has been released, which allows turning old phones into crypto-wallets. It can also double as a security system on MyCrypto platform and MyCrypto wallet.
7) In Tolyatti, at the AvtoVAZ enterprise, a cryptocurrency mining farm was discovered. Since 2017, the farm has stolen 600,000 rubles worth of electricity from the enterprise, and mined over 1.2 million rubles worth of bitcoins.
8) By the end of the fall, the blockchain platform Telegram Open Network (TON) will be launched in test mode. The development of protocols, the mechanism of smart contracts and the TON blockchain network is almost complete.
9) Bithumb has officially opened a decentralized exchange. Until October 15, users will get a chance to run fee-free transactions and participate in the airdrop. Also, 1,000 most active traders will receive 500 ETH from Bithumb.
10) A New Zealand developer managed to send Bitcoin 12 kilometers away using four goTenna devices and a $30 Android phone without Internet connection, cellular communication or electricity.
11) Bitcoin Core developer Jimmy Song claims that EOS is a scam, and Ethereum is an amateur project. He is very enthusiastic about Bitcoin though.
12) Crypto enthusiasts caught American Express promoting articles criticizing Bitcoin. The American financial company that issues credit and payment cards, as well as traveler’s cheques, promoted a Twitter post of a Bloomberg TicToc news account with the title “The crypto industry is using more energy than all the world’s electric vehicles”.
13) Chief strategic officer of Ripple Cory Johnson claims that the administration of US President Donald Trump is concerned that China is a world leader in mining of cryptocurrency.
14) The head of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation Elvira Nabiullina stated that Russia has started forming a sound attitude to cryptocurrency.
15) On November 5, the USA will auction 660 BTC, which were seized by law enforcement agencies earlier.
Market analysis from club experts for October 15–22, 2018
The last week proved to be really good for many holders, despite the fact that BTC failed to grow over the week. Though Monday was surprising with its USDT rally. However, the things evened out later and no turmoil was observed over the week. After a huge $17 billion fall on Monday, the total capitalization climbed back to its usual level of $209–211 billion by Monday evening, where it remained until the end of the week. Monday’s trading volumes doubled due to active exchange of altcoins and the BTC, and then things got stable again: $22 billion on Monday, $10–12 billion by the end.
BTC dominated the market at 54% mark, a shift in the share would mean a change in the interests of traders, but this has not been the case so far. Price for 1 BTC grew from $6,300 to $6,800 (on some exchanges, the price reached $7,860) in a matter of hours, then bounced back to $6,450- $6,550 and remained around that mark until the end of the week ($6,515 at the time of the report). This spike in the BTC price was due to a well-planned campaign against the USDT. Persistent rumors about Bitfinex issues, idle wallets due to kernel updates, fake Tweet from Binance — all this resulted in short-sighted holders rushing to change USDT to BTC at any price — that of course just happened to skyrocket. If you are a trader, cool head and lack of emotion shall be your default state. If you are a long-term investor, stick with BTC and reliable altcoins. Second-guessing is not a good idea now! The silver lining is almost there!
TOP-3 growing coins from the long-term portfolio for October 15–22, 2018 (including portfolio updates) The fastest-growing coins for the last week: BAT + 52% (updates and rumors), Mysterium MYST + 34% (high-quality updates), Elastic XEL + 30% (major updates).
Changes in the cost and capitalization of the TOP-10 cryptocurrencies in October 15–22, 2018.

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Anyone use market research? If so, care to share your source?

Greetings,
I've recently been searching for currency market research and have found that the institutional research from major banks isn't accessible to a small-time trader, such as myself. I've used several of the better known forex sites for news and analysis in the past, but this info is quite limited and I'd like more thorough data that takes into account fundamental and technical analysis.
I've seen some very useful reports from Citi, HSBC, Barclay's, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, and was wondering if anyone here: 1) uses such research in their trading, and 2) where you obtain your reports.
Looking forward to reading your replies. Cheers.
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Very First AOR Results!

First, a big thank you to this sub for getting me into this hobby! I can't wait for the traveling and places I'll go!
I applied for CSP 11/11/14 to help for a trip to Japan in April and stay away from Forex fees while I'm there. The bonus points will post tomorrow and I will be using it to pay for my first week of hotel while in Tokyo. I am now hooked on this churning!
After much research and lurking in this sub I decided to do an AOR.
Current cards are:
Chase Freedom 2.5k (07/08) First/Oldest Account
Amex True Earnings 15k (05/14)
CSP 6k (11/14)
Just applied for the following:
Amex Everyday (Approved 5k!)
Barclay Arrival+ (Approved 10k!) Split to US Airways down to 5k
Barclay US Airways (Approved 5k!) Split from Arrival+
Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select (Approved 6.5k!)
I am very happy!! I will have to move some spending around and I just picked up a Redbird but was using Serve. I won't have any problems meeting spend! Just wanted to express my gratitude and excitement! Thanks all!
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Question on CSP and Experian

Hi all,
So a little background. >80k salary, FICO score >800 (According to Citi), rent of $1,400/mo, and I have both checking and savings accounts with Chase. I have opened 4 new cards in the last 2 years.
So that brings me to a total of 4 cards.Waited till now and applied for CSP about two days ago. I got the "We are reviewing your application" page and called the recon line the next morning.
They reviewed my application and denied it. I was confused since I had only 4 cards in the last 2 years, under the 5x24 rule.
Now here's where it gets a little unique. They read off my recently opened cards and saw I had another card open in November 2014, bringing the total to 5. I never opened that card and so I called Experian to figure out what it was.
Apparently, they accidentally pulled in another account from someone else's credit report.
They fixed it but also mentioned it would take about 48-72 hours for it to update on my report.
So I guess my question is this:
Should I wait the additional 48-72 hours and then call the recon line again and ask them to reconsider? Is there a time limit in which I must fall within to be reconsidered? I applied on Sunday and I have to wait till Friday before my report reflects the change.
Pretty new to this so any thoughts would be appreciated! Trying to get this card to use while traveling abroad on my vacation (no forex fee + meet min spend). Thanks in advance!
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Do Xoom or WesternUnion etc code as purchase or cash advance when sending money using credit card?

I need to send a substantial sum of money (few thousand $$$) to my brother who lives outside the US and has a foreign bank account.
I was planning on using Xoom or Western Union etc, and while registering I noticed that they gave the option to send money using a credit card with no additional fees. The slightly crappier forex rate is the only catch here which is the same whether I use a debit/checking account or a credit card.
Has anyone ever tried these, and do they know if WU/Xoom etc code a purchase or cash advance?
I have the option to use Barclays (AA), Fairmont Chase, Citi Prestige etc. So will take my pick of whatever is reliably a purchase. Preferably fairmont since i'm going for a min spend there right now, but lets see.
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Free Currency Exchange @ Interbank rates

This may be of benefit to anyone with a foreign currency account or planning to travel over the summer (or even wanting to play the forex markets).
Revolut offer a travel money card which has no fees and offers the interbank rates to exchange between EUR, USD & GBP and for purchases via the card. It also lets you transfer in/out from USD, EUR & GBP accounts (they won't charge you anything, outside the EU your bank may do). There is a referral code on Money Saving Expert (don't think i'm allowed to post it here) that gets you £5 extra credit when you top up £500 (apparently it is possible to open an account, transfer £500 in then £505 straight out - although I haven't tried this).
So this can effectively be used for completely free transfers to/from USD/EUR & free purchases on a much bigger list of currencies. And for free spending in other currencies. As with all prepaid mastercards your money is in a ring fenced account with a major bank (in this case barclays). So you are safe if Revolut go bust, but not if barclays do - if that is a concern don't leave large amounts of cash in the card account.
Another thing to be wary of - you get interbank rates when markets are open. Yesterday I got exactly the mid price on Bloomberg. However when market is closed this is not guaranteed (they claim to protect themselves from swings between close and open). For GBP/EUR today its ~1% under.
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[PSA] Choose credit cards to suit your normal purchasing patterns

One thing I've noticed after spending some time in this sub is that people ask for the "best credit card", often without context regarding their credit score, spending patterns, annual income, etc. There is no one best card, but rather more relevant ones based on your day to day purchases. Track your spending patterns using Mint, BillGuard, YNAB, or some other app/software (if you don't already) by category and use them to establish a budget.
The most common bonus categories tend to fall under the following:
Listed are also smaller perks included in credit cards:
Of course there are variations of categories and perks based on tiers of cards, but listed are the most common.
NerdWallet is a great resource for summaries of credit cards, but not the most extensive. Additional research should always be done before applying. Doctor of Credit is also a personal favorite.
Additional points:
Below is a basic list by bank (I will exclude most airline and hotel co-branded cards with one exception) and their bonus categories. Do additional research on cards that catch your eye, especially for the Amex MR, Chase UR, Citi TY, and SPG earning cards. Categories not listed earn either 1% or 1x based on card:
American Express:
Bank of America:
Barclay:
Capital One:
Chase:
Citi:
Discover:
Fidelity:
US Bank:
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26, 15k in the bank, looking to travel abroad for 3 months. Need some recommendations and general advice.

My friend and I are planning to travel abroad through Europe and maybe elsewhere for a few months. We are based in the U.S. and have never been out of the country. Cheap is better for us since we will not know what is waiting for us on the other side of this trip. Backpacking, hostels instead of hotels, bus/rail instead of air, etc. We want to make the most of our time and our money.
My financial situation: -I'm a 26 y/o Male, currently living with parents, working as a bank teller (US $12.30 per hour), with some college -I have $16,000 saved and no debt -Wells Fargo Checking Account & Credit Card with $3,750 limit -Barclay's High Interest Account with $14,000 -Monthly bills totaling $450 (Car Payment: $250, Car Insurance: $110, Cell Service: $90) -No other accounts/savings/investments
Specific questions I have: -Recommended Credit Cards with no forex, chip and PIN? (Chase Sapphire, Barclays Arrival+, CapitalOne Venture/Quicksilver) -Recommended Online Checking with no foreign ATM fees? (Charles Schwabb, Capital One 360) -Traveler's Insurance, where do I start? -Investments/Savings Accounts? -How should I use my money to work for me and maximize it while traveling/spending abroad?
If you could guys could help me with any one of these questions I would be very thankful. Any other advice relative to backpacking/traveling abroad would be great as well!
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Tips for avoiding card fees and banking charges when traveling abroad long-term

I’m leaving on January 1 for open-ended travels, and I thought some of you might find it helpful to see how I am planning to use credit cards, debit cards and cash to minimize fees and currency-exchange costs while abroad.
First, though, I should point out that I’m from the US and using US-based cards, so all the research I’ve done is from that perspective. And my first several destinations will definitely be in Europe, so I assume I’ll be able to use a credit card at most of the places I’ll go.
On past trips, I mostly tried to spend cash everywhere. I have a Chase checking account, and at the beginning of each week I was abroad, I would take out cash for 7 days from a local ATM, for which Chase would charge a flat $5 plus a fee for converting the cash. Most months, this worked out to about $25 in charges, and I just sort of wrote that off as a necessary expense.
This time, I want to be smarter about both avoiding fees and security — I was tempting fate by using a debit card exclusively for all these years. Here is my plan:
The Cards I’m Bringing On My Trip
First, I’m following the advice of Marcello Arrambide at Wandering Trader and setting up two accounts with my bank, still Chase. One has a debit card attached to it, and the other doesn’t. That way, I can easily control the amount of cash my debit card has access to.
Second, I’ll bring a Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card, which is what I’ll use for all of my non-cash payments. That card has no fees for foreign transactions, and that’s the main reason I got it.
Here are a few other American credit cards with no foreign transaction fees, courtesy of Nomadic Matt:
There are many more such cards, so just about anyone who qualifies for a credit card in the US can find a decent card to use abroad.
Tips for Using Credit Cards
Circle or check the amount in the local currency before you sign. If your receipt shows the total in dollars only, ask that it be rung up again in the local currency.
Ideally, you would be able to put most of your spending on your no-transaction-fee credit card and pay that off each month. That would be the cheapest way to spend money abroad — but far too many places are cash-only for that to work.
So, you’ll likely have to eat a charge for taking out money. The trick is to strike a balance between going to the ATM only sporadically and not carrying around fat wads of cash.
Getting Cash
No matter how you pay, you’ll lose a little bit of money on exchange rates. Credit cards tend to have the smallest spreads. After that are ATM withdrawals (and worst is exchanging cash at a currency exchange / bureau de change desk).
When withdrawing cash, it’s best to use an ATM inside of a bank rather than one on the street. I’ve had my debit card data stolen a couple of times by opting for convenient ATMs at a metro station (usually during a night out).
The cheapest options for using an ATM are if your card is from a bank that’s a part of the Global ATM Alliance, and you’re withdrawing from an ATM that’s part of that alliance. Keeping ATM withdraws within this network mostly eliminates foreign ATM charges, though there are some exceptions.
Again, protox88 has some helpful advice: Alliance members might still charge a forex spread (the cost of exchanging currencies) of 2.5% on your withdrawal.
No matter what, you’ll likely get charged something for taking cash out of an ATM because it costs banks money to exchange currencies.
Open a Schwab checking account and you'll have no fees at any ATM worldwide.
Exchanging Currencies
Currencies and forex are a huge topic, and one that used to make my eyes glaze over. After a few years of dealing with this stuff, I’ve learned a few things:
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Student with extra savings, maxed IRA, no 401k [UK & US]

I'm currently a senior undergraduate engineering student at a public university in the US, though I came over from the UK a few years ago, so I have bank accounts in both countries. I'm looking to stay long-term in the US, and plan to enroll in a PhD program here next fall, but I'm open to returning to the UK for a masters program, depending on the university and the funding available, then returning to the US for a PhD.
I'm in a pretty good spot financially, but I have some savings that I don't know what to do with.
Questions:
  1. I've maxed my Roth IRA contributions for the past two years, and am not eligible for a 401k. What should I do with my savings / emergency fund, given my monthly expenses? Should I continue making the maximum IRA contribution next year?
  2. I've been thinking about opening a brokerage account to do some long-term stock investing (< $1k) in both domestic and foreign stocks (maybe ADR). Any opinions on this, and in particular regarding Scottrade as a broker? Or should I open another brokerage account in the UK for foreign stocks (not familiar with US tax implications)?
  3. I have a UK account that I don't know what to do with. Should I just leave it, or move the funds to the US, taking into account forex risk? If I leave them abroad, I'd like to continue keeping the amount small so I don't have to deal with FBAR. Also, I left before receiving a National Insurance number, so I don't believe I qualify for an ISA.
Income:
  1. Scholarship (covers tuition, housing, meal plan, and books): ~$20k / year
  2. Research (part time as a student assistant): ~$3k / year
  3. Summer internship (three months): ~$10 -15k, depending
Assets:
  1. Vanguard Roth IRA (maxed for this and last year, in index funds): $10.5k
  2. American Express HYS (currently 0.85% APY): ~$12k
  3. PenFed CD (1.35% APY, 2015 maturity): $1k
  4. Chase Checking: ~$2k
  5. UK Barclays Savings (3.25% AER to 0.31% AER after 1yr): ~£1.5k
Liabilities:
  1. PenFed CC: ~$1k (limit)
  2. Discover CC: ~$1k (limit)
Expenses:
  1. University (covered by scholarship, billed biannually)
  2. Health insurance through parents, no car, no debt
  3. Cell phone, dining, miscellaneous purchases, etc: < $50 / month, (paid in full on CC)
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I have a good friend who is a VP at your firm . They blamed the entire Financial crisis on ' poor people who could not afford their mortgages ' they said this was pretty much he opinion among the investment banks . How do you feel about what happened to Greece and Goldmans hand in it ? That is not true. Opinion is very much split within the investment banks and there is no right or wrong answer. I personally don't believe at all that the crisis was caused by 'poor people' - and I don't like that sort of categorization of people in the first place. There are perhaps 15/20 different institutions you could blame for the crisis, there's no way of isolating individuals. I'm not sure what exactly you think GS's hand in the Greece affair was. Of course it's a sad story and I feel remorseful - I recently donated £50,000 at a charity ball to help rebuild one of the islands which has almost been burned to the ground. But ultimately Greece employed GS at the time because they wanted to fudge their finances so as to meet entry requirements for the Euro i.e. the greek government was knowingly employing GS to help perform an extremely risky task - GS didn't force anything upon them. If the experiment explodes 10 years later (as it did), should GS really be the party to blame?
The next day, you are flipping through television channels and randomly come across a pre-season CFL game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Knowing your inevitable future, do you now watch it? Yes of course i fucking do. The future is inevitable. Chuck Klosterman i like your name.
I love seeing the ignorance that emerges in these AMA's relating to investment bankers. I am really interested in a career in either IB or Consulting, have a few questions for you. Thank you to fletch below for answering this question.
1) How did you cope with the hours? I like working hard, I like working for my money but I also like enjoying free time and having a social life. When working a 100 hours as an analyst that would certainly have to suffer 2)What were you academic results like through your degree? I'm currently in my second year and will be realistically looking at 2.2, 2.2, 2.1 and 2.1 (years 1-4). This summer I'd hope to get an accountancy internship in one of the big 4 followed by an internship next year in one of the large IBs. I know there's more to a candidate than solely their academic credentials + internship but would this stand me well for a BB in London? (Top Irish university, undergrad will be in Business and French) 3) What is it that makes you enjoy this job? I know the paycheck is certainly a bonus but you've said there's more to it than that? Whatever your breakdown between modules is, you need a 2.1 overall. Even if your average is 60% or 61%, that's enough to get you past the minimum requirements and through to interviews. After that it's up to you - they'll take someone with a good business mind and strong communications skills irrespective of whether they average 60 or 78 or 92. I disagree with him. My job is extremely rewarding and i wouldn't swap it for any other industry at the moment. If you want evidence of people enjoying their jobs look at the number of years they spend at their respective firms. Most of the partners at GS are 'home-grown' and have spent 20/30 years sweating away but don't regret it for a second.
Do you realize that in countries like Spain you're seen as an evil person that only wants to get profit and don't have any soul or feelings and probably kicks puppies for fun? If so, how do you feel about it? Yes and understand their anger but it should be re-directed to politicians!
Proof? and of course... how much did you make in 2012 approximately? Approx 600k. How do upload proof e.g. photo evidence?
Sorry, new to reddit!
Do you have free ticket for me? Always looking for handouts. What is it young people say, lolz??
I'm very curious of your opinion of Secretary Geithner's role in LIBOR. Do you think he was guilty? innocent? Thanks! LIBOR scandal is way too complicated to explain at 2.30 am after a few beers. Many active players are implicated and i think he will be seen in the wrong eventually like many others.
What hours do you work? Approx 80 hours a week not incl. flight time I go to festivals in Europe but would love to go it. Do you have free ticket for me?
If the concept and idea of a monetary system was replaced with something better (hypothetically) what would you do? As in for a career or what not since now you are jobless. Resources will always be scarce so someone will have to ensure an optimal allocation. There will always be a market of some kind whether it be a public market or an internal government one.
Hypothetically we could have unlimited power, molecular production, and master matteenergy conversion. Would that change your answer? Good interview question. I'll keep it in mind.
In your view, are there any regulations that could meaningfully alter the moral hazard typified by the 2008-2009 bailout of the financial sector? If so, what might they be? And if not, to what extent does regulatory capture play a role? Regulatory capture is a seriously problem not just in banking e.g. also in the energy business. How do you reduce it? It won't happen unless the public demand it, as everyone with power tends to benefit from it and so they won't make meaningful steps to change anything, i.e. its a win win situation for government and business. However it needs more than just 'occupy movements' but rather i am talking the mass voter population.
Have you seen @gselevator on twitter? if so have you ever contributed/is it legit? Haha yes i have seen it and no its not legit, well at least i think its not. Seriously though the elevator chats can be quite entertaining and revealing.
Do you use a mouse when you work on excel? Are you joking?
No.
In your opinion, do you think the money you make is worth the hell that you go through to make it? I love my job and so i am lucky that the money is not the only motivator.
But yes i love checking my bank balance at an atm.
How can i break into finance with a sub-par gpa? Network and try non BB firms.
A company founded by 100 duck sized horses. or A company founded by 1 horse sized duck? 100 duck sized horses every time. Basic risk management theory - don't put all your eggs in one basket. If that 1 horse sized duck isn't exceptional, your business is going down the tubes.
Prior to the collapse, did you have any idea what was about to happen? It was getting obvious that there was a bubble, but never predicted how great the fallout would be and that in 2013 we would still be suffering
What do you do day to day? I work in the energy field in Europe but don't want to get too specific. Day to day we advise natural resource companies on all things financial such as m&a and financing strategy and then execute on their behalf. So I am on the corporate finance side rather than sales and trading. However I work closely with the syndication and sales guys such as if we are executing an IPO or a follow-on share offering.
I have a buddy who's small but established clean tech company needs money building biodiesel manufacturing plants around the US that run off garbage and wood chips. The technology is actually coming from a company based in Sweden. Can you help him on the money side? Send me a link to their website.
I find clean tech very interesting.
How did you get your job? Did a summer internship then got FT conversion.
What college did you go to? I went to LSE (university in the UK)
What jobs did you work before getting this one? Did another internship whilst at university at an oil company.
At what age did you get this job? 22.
I hear the GS company culture is like " a frat on steriods" true or false? False more than true but depends on team.
Is it as cut throat as I have heard with the bottom 50% of people getting sacked each year to make way for new guys who will probably be sacked the year after? Bottom 5% is more accurate. 7-8% in a bad year, 3-4% in a good year. It's a fine line between 'cut throat' and having a 'healthy competitive atmosphere'. But we'd be out of business very quickly if we kept firing half of our staff every year...
Is there any stock I should look into in 2013? Long term or short term. Short term- African Barrick Gold. The chinese walked away and so the share price plunged and despite serious operational issues, the massive drop has presented a golden buying opportunity.
Long term- anything to avoid inflation, inflation scares the crap out of me and is going to be a big problem in the Uk and elsewhere in the future.
Also buy into soft commodity boom e.g. meat in africa, think zambeef etc if you can find an attractive entry point.
What's the best preparation for an interview with an i-bank? I'm over here in the states and come from a non-target. Read WSO, the forums are full of useful hints and tips especially for non target guys. Depending on what area you are applying for, make sure you know some really good examples and stock pitches as it is amazing how many candidates lack knowledge e.g. if applying for ECM for god sakes know some of the recent IPO's and likewise for equity research have good stock pitches and have conviction when presenting. Best of luck!
How important is your undergrad majogpa I'm double majoring in Econ/Conflict resolution studies with a possible minor in poly sci (depending on how the credits work out) I got a 3.9 gpa last semester but it only brought my overall gpa to a 2.4 because fuck klonopin. I should have at least a 3.0 by graduation, but I'm wondering its worth it to pay for and retake my first semester. Can I have $373 dollars? :D :D I promise only to get moderately drunk with this money. Sorry, a lot of questions, thanks for answering. Oh also, one last thing, all else being equal, is calc I enough math to apply for analyst job? or do I need more? Undergrad course choice is not that important for IBD but obviously for more quant roles you need maths skills Again i am sorry but i am not very clued up on GPA Ok i give you money but first you have to register yourself as a charity so that you can gift aid it and get much more!
Where did you go to college? LSE.
As an undergrad? How hard was it? I hear it's very difficult. Yes, undergrad.
Harder than most places depending on your course. Especially as you are competing with loads of kids from Asia who do extra calculus to relax.
How do you see regulation affecting the overall banking culture? Everything I have been reading and what people have been saying is that the culture is changing. Have you been seeing this? I recommend reading "The Culture of Success" by Lisa Endlich.
Also how do you like the goldman culture? Regulation is hurting us...but: Link to business.financialpost.com
How much total did you make in each of your years at the firm? I don't want to get into specifics.
But for your first three years as an analyst roughly 50k-70k (£ not $)
As an associate 120k-160k.
After that the numbers get exciting.
What tools do you use on a regular basis? Excel, Outlook, Excel, Outlook, Excel, Outlook...powerpoint.
What is the biggest reward of working in IB? Where I study, students with high grades are pushed to chase the prestigious internships firms like GS, MS, etc offer. Their reasoning why they chase these jobs is that they think it is the highest (prestige) in finance they can go or are attracted by the money. It seems shallow to me. What does IB offer that makes your career personally fulfilling? Why didn't you choose to work elsewhere? I find what i do at the front end of the energy sector fascinating. If your interested in business or globalisation or other similiar areas then IBD is pretty much at the cutting edge of it.
Thanks for the reply! When you were first starting out at GS, were you able to balance a personal life aside from your work? Has it gotten easier as you have gained more experience? Would you recommend IB as a field to pursue to your own children today? Thanks again! I'd say during my first 3 years as an analyst the 'balance' was almost non-existent i.e. i was regularly working 100+ hours/week. Since then it's become easier year by year and i think that's true for most. And yes certainly i would encourage my children to pursue it - not that i have any yet.
Where did you go to uni what was your gpa? how many physics majors work their? did you start off as an intern? sorry for rapid firing questions. LSE (london school of economics) - first class honours but don't know how that translates into GPA.
I know only 3/4 physics majors in the office at the moment.
Yes started as an intern.
Do banker run the world? how much political influence do they really have? It works two ways. Some bankers have their fingers in politics in a way they perhaps shouldn't. But equally many politicians have their fingers in banking and can force our hands.
How hard is it for a non ivy leager studying finance to get an entry level job at GS? what about internships? Tough. But with enough internship experience beforehand it's possible.
What do you think of Forex? Would you ever trade on it with your personal money? Difficult to answer - you can trade forex in a million different ways - some ways are more interesting than others. I don't personally trade it, but others forge a very successful career out of it.
What was your bets investment in? (If that's how it works) That's not really my role in IBD.
But outside GS I invested in the Shanghai property market a decade ago or so. My 4 flats there are now worth 10-12 times what they were worth then.
WTF caused the 2010 flash crash? Good question. Nobody knows for sure.
From the link you've provided, I find no.2 the most plausible explanation. But I would also add 6. UBS did something stupid again.
As hardcore capitalists what is your feeling about (management of) banks that seem to live under the impression that profits are for a happy few while losses should be carried by tax-payers? That's not what I believe at all.
And by the way all of us are tax payers too. The top 5% contribute approx. 50% of the government's taxation revenue. So if losses are being 'carried by tax-payers' - that doesn't exclude people in the banking industry by any means.
Matt Levin at Dealbreaker (former GS guy) describes Investment Bankers as "Travelling money salesmen". Do you feel that this description is apt? The operative word in your question is 'former'
Do you think that's how he described investment bankers whilst he was still with the firm?
People tend to get very bitter and sensitive after they get fired. See Gregg Smith for further evidence..
Is an MBA necessary to be competitive when looking for a job or is a B. Comm enough to compete with others when looking for jobs in the industry? Depends on what entry point - if you do an mba then you apply for associate entry whereas b.comm is an undergrad degree and so you apply for analyst roles. If you do a b.comm at a top university/college and get some internships then you should be well placed. Good luck!
Do any of your co-workers frequent Reddit? I imagine less than 0.1%.
Then again 2 people on this feed at least have claimed to be my co-workers, so who knows...
Since you're new to Reddit, what made you want to do an ama here? I'd like to alter the public perception of bankers - not all of us are the obnoxious greedy individuals you read about in the media.
I'm also extremely interested in hearing what non-finance people see as our key economic issues at the moment - this seemed a good way to find out.
Proof? How do i upload photos? i will upload photo proof. Sorry not very experienced with reddit!
I am a senior in high school and I am interested in majoring in either accounting or finance, but I don't think I know enough about either career path to make the best decision, can you explain the large differences the two paths I would go down depending on major, or any advice that may influence my decision that I would not know at this point? What you choose to study doesn't necessarily determine the industry you'll end up in. We have guys in the office who studied history, languages, even medicine. Just go for what interests you the most and focus on getting high marks.
Curious as to what kind of degree you hold/what was your GPA in college? BSc. Economics degree from LSE. First class honours, don't know about gpa
I used to work for the swiss banks and swiss stock market indirectly, and have a few friends in the banking business, including GS and Nakamura in London. What is your personall opinion on prostitution, cocaine, and medication misusage in your business? Also, also what is your stance on GS' questionable involvment in Backpage.com? With regards to backpage.com, the guys on the deal did not do their KYC checks properly. KYC checks are crucial for banks- your reputation and future success is more important than any single customer. Look up riggs bank and the Obiang family and then you'll see!
Possible. But realistically those kind of excuses are given no matter what really happened. For a company as big and powerful as GS I can only take it with a grain of salt. Are you content in the way GS does business from a moral point of view? It's either a pinch of salt, or a grain of sand...
Thanks. I'm not a native english speaker and have not used it regularly for years, so it's gotten pretty shit. Any chance you answer the other questions? Yes, apologies. I think some of our deals have been morally reprehensible in the past. The same goes for any major investment bank. But i think we've done a very good job in 'cleaning up our act' over the past few years and the public has played a large part in that. With any luck we will see a much healthier banking industry soon.
How accurate is what is said on the Twitter handle @GSElevator? It's grossly exaggerated, but not entirely inaccurate...
You guys got trolled hard. A GS IBD guy not knowing how to upload something to the internet? Seriously wtf. Probably some guy from wso who wanted to feel like he was "in". Link to i.imgur.com Just doing some work now! Link to i.imgur.com In case you wondered what Lloyd's signature looked like.
Is there anyway you can help me out, connections or anything, someone I should talk to to get a interview? Can you interview me, I shall forward you my resume! Private message me and we will discuss. Sure i can help you out. I know how tough it is for you guys who are trying to get in!
Any thoughts on the MSI/SSG mini-scandal this week? Yes but won't comment.
Very hush hush.
I also work for GS. Which building are you in? I'm based in PBC. Also IBD, North. Would do an AMA and provide proof. I'm in PBC too, moved from RC quite a few years ago. I'm not sure exactly what sort of proof i'm supposed to provide...?
Would you say you were groomed for this kind of work from a young age? LSE is an elite school. Did you go to elite private schools growing up or were you an exceptional student at a normal school? Yes, Jimmy groomed me from four years old
Do you like your job, or should i say career? Yes. If i did not then i would go and sail around the world again.
From your experience, how relevant is CFA nowdays? Definitely worth doing.
How large was your Xmas bonus and did it get taxed over 50%? See below - total comp was c.600k and yes taxed above 50%
You said in other replies that you were 22 when you got this job and make 600K now. How old are you now, and how long did it take you to get the that salary level? Is it all commission? Was analyst at 22 and then moved up the ranks. Just turned 30, feeling old now!.
Can you give some insight on the business model of Investment banking? (I have no clue to be honest) . And what does a portfolio manager do exactly? Portfolio manager is not IBD. He/she would work in investment management e.g. for blackrock or GSAM or a hedge fund.
I'm currently writing a thesis on the future of rentierism in the gulf with an emphasis on Saudi Arabia. I don't have much of an economic background apart from this, but the international energy market is obviously important to my research. Can you recommend any good (preferably free or low cost) primers and newsletters on the subject? Hmm there are many on energy market but not too sure about rentier specific ones. Will have a think. I did my university thesis on Saudi and so will have a dig around.
How do you live with yourself? Knowing that the company that you work for doesn't give a fuck about you or anybody. All they care about is money. They have ruined america many times over. Seriously, how do you live with yourself? Actually our business is dependent on America and more importantly the rest of the world's prosperity. So actually our interests are nicely aligned.
Link to www.rollingstone.com. Seems to me like your bosses and former bosses don't give a flying fuck about anyone but themselves. Can you name one good thing Sachs has done since you have been there? I think you meant 'don't give a flying fuck" in your comment.
Do you happen to work with quantitative analysts? Depends which deal we are working on. Sometimes we need them, other times we don't.
What's your retirement savings invested in? Property (international and uk), shares mainly through tax efficient ways e.g. isa and EIS, pensions and artwork.
No swiss bank account i am afraid.
"The first thing you'll realize is that they are extremely disciplined. You would never come across a Goldman employee, who would, after two or three beers, say "My colleagues are a bunch of dickheads" From Money and Power William D Cohan. What do you have to say about this? I agree with it.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in going into finance and is currently in university. What would you have liked to do in your time spent at LSE now looking back? Party more! You only live once. You can have that advice for free.
Thanks for the AMA. Do you know anybody I could speak with regarding interviewing and internship opportunities? Private message me.
Doing an AMAA are you putting your job at risk for releasing company secrets/opinions whatever? I've not released a single company secret.
Edit: added an A to AMA. There's nothing in my contract to say I can't express my own opinions.
What do the hopes and dreams of Americans taste like? Raspberry sorbet, in my opinion
What is your feeling on the separation of traditional banking and investment banking as is proposed by the FSA? I think overall it's sensible - Barclays being the best example of why they should be separated.
At GS specifically of course we're not involved in traditional retail banking at all so it's not the most pressing issue for us at the moment.
You mentioned 80 hour work weeks. Could you explain the timeline for your typical work day. Do you work 7 days per week? Is your work more project based where you go non stop and have some time off between projects? There's no typical working day - some days are 18 hours and others are 12. Depends entirely what stage of a deal we are at. Generally I work 5/6 days a week, but keep in email contact with the office 24/7.
Yes, entirely project based. But if we are doing our jobs properly there's not much 'time off' in between.
I'm currently on target for a 2:1 or a first at university in my economics degree. But due to a slight hiccup in my a-levels, in which i got A* A C, still managed to go to a top 10 university but do they look at the C, which was in maths. Your university grades are definitely more important. If you do well in a mathematical module at uni that will allay any fears they have about an A-level grade.
Do they look at a-level grades and expect a minimum maths grade? I'm not bad at maths by any means, just an unfortunate anomaly in the exam season. Which uni are you at and what do you study?
Manchester and economics BA - but i have econometric modules and another mathematical module for 2nd year. Any chance of switching it to a BSc? Immediately reassures employers about your quantitative skills..
Hello there, first of all I want to thank you for doing this AMA. I am a dutch college student and currently I'm writing an essay about the BRIC countries. I used your book to write down predictions of their economic future, and I'd like to ask: did you participate in writing that book? Are you referring to Jim O'Neill's book? I have a copy on my desk, but no I wasn't involved in writing it.
What do the guys at GS think about @gselevator? See same q&a earlier on!
How often do interns get recommended to come back? In a good year, approx. 50% of an intern class will get hired.
In a bad year (2008 for example) perhaps only 10% or 20%
Any opinion on Nautilus Minerals? Can't comment on that company i am afraid.
How do you feel about manipulating the currency markets to screw over the average retail trader? I don't know what you are talking about.
Have you ever seen American Psycho? Yes.
I am going to copy and paste this in an email and send it around my team. You will famous at the firm, well at least in my team in london anyway! Yes of course i fucking do. The future is inevitable. Chuck Klosterman i like your name. That would also be an awesome interview question! And i give them 5 secs to answer.
I highly doubt GS interns work for free. I've almost never heard of an internship in finance that didn't pay -- most firms I've encountered usually pay the same base wage as the first year full timer positions you are interning for. Interns in front office at GS in london get circa £42k pro rata. So not bad for a summer job and remember no tax as they are below threshold across the year!
Gold Mansachs. Not sure about that one.
I prefer Goldman Snachs, the name of our canteen.
Yes, Jimmy groomed me from four years old But yes went to a private boarding school before. Widening the diversity of applicants in IB is a key target for HCM.
What is the future of investment banking in a new world order where both governments and the people are fed up with the excesses that led us into this credit crisis. The industry is always evolving, that's what makes it an exciting industry to be in. I imagine it will take us a good few years to fully regain the trust of certain clients, but ultimately if this whole saga causes us to readdress our methods and practices to improve our service then in the long run it's a positive outcome.
PS. Do you not think people should be fed up with the governments too, as well as the banks?
Not OP but I can answer this as a 2012 intern who got converted for Programming. A Math degree is a good +. There are 2 ways. Either join in as a programmer, show your merit and change departments, ie move to Quant side. Other option is to get a MBA, and join the I-Banking dept you want. What's your name?
Do you have any books or resources you'd recommend the layman for learning investment skills (i.e. the wealthy barber) I ask because i feel there is a lot of crap out there and would like to genuinely learn. I have never heard of the wealthy barber.
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