Converting US$ to CAN$

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Converting US$ to CAN$

Postby ecouls1 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:58 am

Going to Montreal in February. What's the best way to convert my US$ to CAN$? I suppose anywhere in Canada I try to convert my money will charge a fee. anyone have any advice as to which institution will charge the lowest fee? Canadian bank? Someplace at the airport (either US or CAN)? My hotel in Montreal? thanks!

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Postby DoingHomework » Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:27 am

You will always get the best rates at a bank, not at the booths at the airport. You will get much better rates if you exchange large amounts. The absolute best rates will be if you pay by credit card. There will be no difference between teh rate you get in Canada and teh rate you get in teh US. If there were then something called locational arbitrage would be possible and one could make millions of dollars risk free within a few minutes. Since you don't often hear of that happening it is pretty clear that rates must be the same in both countries.

You might find slightly different rates at different banks but that will mostly have to do with them charging higher fees. If it were me, unless I were chaning less than $100,000, I would just go to the most convenient bank and do the transaction. I would not go a check cahing place, western union outlet, or anything like that.

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Postby fantasma » Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:39 pm

call your bank ahead of time tell the you want x amount and they'll get if for you b/f you go on your trip.
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