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How To Exchange Foreign Currency

Introduction

Currency can be defined in several ways but the most generally accepted definition is that, it’s a form of money in the form of paper or coins that is normally issued by the government and circulated within the economy.

Foreign currency in this case simply means money used by different countries, which could be in form of Shilings, pounds, euro, yen, or dollar.

Step 1

HOW TO EXCHANGE FOREIGN CURRENCY

1. PURCHASE FOREIGN CURRENCY IN ADVANCE

It is always advisable to buy foreign currency in advance before travelling. This basically helps a lot in avoiding the exchange line hassles, high fees and unfavorable exchange rates. This trend is rampant mostly at the airports, hotels and foreign banks.

One can buy foreign currency in many ways i.e. a bank can sell a foreign currency with a few days’notice.Several banks have foreign currency on hand and tellers with expertise in international currency exchange.

Step 2

1. Traveler’s Checks

Foreign currency traveler’s checks are also available for purchase. It’s best to buy traveler’s checks in the currency of your destination so that you don’t have to worry about calculating exchange rates when making purchases. The bank in which you are a member might need a few days’ notice to fill an order for foreign currency traveler’s checks.

Step 3

1. CREDIT/AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINES DEBIT CARDS

Cash at foreign Automated teller machines is dispensed in the local currency and debited from your account in U.S. dollars. Majority of the international ATMs do not permit transactions involving numerous accounts, so one’s transaction may be routed to your primary account.

Most of the time one can get a favorable conversion rate from credit card purchases and ATM cash withdrawals. This is because card issuers use an exchange rate that is usually closer to wholesale to process transactions. Even though many card service providers charge a small fee for each purchase, the rates will still remain competitive and make these cards a convenient travel option.

It is advisable to find out your daily withdrawal limit before you leave. If you think it’s best for you, you can always ask your bank to increase it.

It is therefore a requirement that you should always exchange your foreign currency before travelling.

Step 4

1. EURO

Euro currency and euro traveler’s checks are available for purchase in the United States. If you have older foreign currency, ask your local bank if it can exchange it into Euros.

Step 5

1. HEADING HOME

Always keep your foreign currency exchange receipts until you get home. It is a requirement in some countries for her visitors to produce exchange receipts if they wish to convert local currency when they depart.

You can exchange your leftover paper currency where you purchased it.However; it is recommended that you use up all your foreign currency coins before you return because most banks won’t buy them. Some airlines and airports collect these coins for donations to local charities.

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, with a little planning to consider your travel money needs, you can save valuable time and focus on the true purpose of your trip.

Step 6

Foreign currency promotes trade.

Tips

Foreign currency can contribute to the growth of economy in a country.

Wells fargo banking stores,foreignexchangesservices.com or by calling (800)678-4653

Foreign currency promotes peace within a country.

By Emma Wanjiku, published at 04/03/2012
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