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    • Sabine
    • By Sabine 3rd Jan 18, 9:15 PM
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    Moving to Germany - best way of transferring money from UK to Germany
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    Moving to Germany - best way of transferring money from UK to Germany 3rd Jan 18 at 9:15 PM
    What is the best way of transferring a large amount of money to a German bank account? I'm selling my house in the UK and want to buy something in Germany and was wondering, how I can minimise losses through for instance currency exchange.
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    • eskbanker
    • By eskbanker 4th Jan 18, 12:33 AM
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    See https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/banking/foreign-currency-exchange for guidance on the most cost-effective ways of achieving this.
    • Marrad
    • By Marrad 4th Jan 18, 12:31 PM
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    Negotiate
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    • 4th Jan 18, 12:31 PM
    I have used OFX for sums up to £10,000 - and have found them to be quick, easy and much cheaper than my bank. If you do use your bank, it might be worth trying to negotiate a better rate especially if you are a good customer.
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    • By Voyager2002 4th Jan 18, 12:49 PM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 12:49 PM
    If you don't mind fiddling about a bit...

    Open an account with a UK bank that does not load foreign currency debit card transactions (Metro Bank is the most obvious);

    Open an account with a Euro-land bank that allows you to fund your account by debit card. You are not restricted to Germany, and might well find that this is easiest in Ireland;

    Use your debit card to fund your Euro account. Under EU rules they are then not allowed to charge you to move these funds elswhere within the Euro zone.
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