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Banking in the Netherlands

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How can I open a bank account?

What are the requirements to open up a bank account?

What are the accounts and services offered by banks?

How does a current account operate?

How do I use my bank PIN card?

What if I want to use my PIN card abroad?

What if I have lost my bank card or had it stolen?

What is a contactless payment?

Are contactless payments secure?

Are credit cards given by banks to all customers?

How easy is it to pay using my credit card in the Netherlands?

What is internetbankieren (internet banking) and how to use it?

How can I access my bank details using mobile devices?

What is the currency in the Netherlands?

Can you explain the numbering conventions used in the Netherlands?

How to exchange foreign money in the Netherlands?

What is an acceptgiro?

Can I directly invest money in the stock exchange?

If you wish to make an investment, you will have to open a separate investment account. Your bank will normally offer you three different approaches. If you are experienced in making investments, you can simply instruct the bank to buy stocks and shares for you. Alternatively, you can ask the bank for advice before making any investment or you can let the bank make decisions regarding what investments to make on your behalf. This third option is called vermogensbeheer (managed portfolio fund). You will usually be given a choice of various types of managed fund, depending upon how much risk you are willing to take on your initial investment. Needless to say, the higher risk funds may yield larger returns, but normally require a commitment for some considerable time (more than 10 years). Depending on the bank, you can directly purchase shares on the Nederlandse effectenbeurzen (Dutch stock exchange) as well as from some overseas markets. Managed funds will typically be managed by the bank’s own fund managers (and include investments in liquid assets, bonds, real estate and shares). The bank will charge a fee for administering your investment portfolio.

What types of loans (leningen) are available?