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Old 05.03.2011, 00:32
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US Banks with IBAN numbers?

OK, I'm in a pickle.

I'm moving to CH, and my employer is going to open the cantonal bank account to deposit my paycheck into.

No problem. I'm ok with that.

My US bank does not have an IBAN number, and I just went through a huge ordeal over a reimbursement because of this.

I'm thinking it might make my life easier in der Schweiz if I move my US banking to a bank that can give me an IBAN, or maybe an 'global' bank like HSBC. Since I'll still have rental income and tax returns, etc in the US, I'd like to have an account that can receive those deposits, but also have the flexibility to be easily accessed to transfer money to/from my Swiss account.

Does anyone have any recommendations?
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Old 05.03.2011, 00:42
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

I did some digging after I posted, and found this helpful link. US banks don't use IBANs.

https://www.wachovia.com/foundation/...pagewanted=all

I'd still be interested in finding a US bank that can make international transfers "easy".
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Old 05.03.2011, 03:03
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

As you correctly state US banks don't use IBAN numbers but Bank of America has a 'dummy' IBAN called BOFAUS3N and I have been able to make transfers via UBS direct to BoA online using that code. It did take BoA a few days to work out how to do this but it has worked without problems in transferring money to the US.
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Old 05.03.2011, 07:17
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I did some digging after I posted, and found this helpful link. US banks don't use IBANs.

https://www.wachovia.com/foundation/...pagewanted=all
More info can be found here on the forum:

http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=IBAN
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As you correctly state US banks don't use IBAN numbers but Bank of America has a 'dummy' IBAN called BOFAUS3N and I have been able to make transfers via UBS direct to BoA online using that code. It did take BoA a few days to work out how to do this but it has worked without problems in transferring money to the US.
That's not an iban, it's a BIC or Swift code. You can set up a transfer from your account as "international transfer without iban" you include you us account info - Aba routing and account, address of bank and it should work. I do it every month or so to my BoA account. Takes 3-5 days, so plan accordingly. Works from credit-Suisse anyway.
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

I can transfer money to my US account no problem using my PostFianance account. I do it online. I just give them the ABA number and my account number.
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

I use XE trade to move CHF -> USD. No per transaction fees, and their transaction rates are normally 1.75% from their mid-market rates. As far as I know, this compares well with what you will get from a traditional bank transfer, at least in the retail "500-5k" transaction size range. I would be happy to learn of cheaper options.
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Old 05.03.2011, 16:40
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I can transfer money to my US account no problem using my PostFianance account. I do it online. I just give them the ABA number and my account number.
Yes, I opened a PostFinance account at that was the cheapest/easiest I found for transferring money to the US.

Otherwise, open a UBS account in the US.

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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

I've also been using XE.com to move money over to the States. I didn't even realise that I could do it directly from my PostFinance account. I'll have to double-check the fees and rates and see which is the better deal.
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Old 05.03.2011, 20:24
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As you correctly state US banks don't use IBAN numbers but Bank of America has a 'dummy' IBAN called BOFAUS3N and I have been able to make transfers via UBS direct to BoA online using that code.
That's not an IBAN, that's a BIC. All major US banks have them - none I have dealt with supported IBANs. Not supporting IBANs means for us here longer time for transfers and higher fees.
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

US banks do not have IBANs. Don't waste time searching online; I have done it and got the one and only result: US banks do not use IBAN #
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

For a US bank that does not charge incoming wire (domestic or international) fees the only one I'm aware of is Schwab:

http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/...nding/checking

There are also no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements and it's also free to transfer through ACH within the USA.

I am charged a nominal fee for the outgoing transfer by my Swiss bank, but that's it (12 CHF I believe) and at a good rate. I know other American banks charge $20-30 for an incoming wire transfer.
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Re: US Banks with IBAN numbers?

E-Trade and USAA Bank also do not charge for incoming wire transfers.

PostFinance charges 2 CHF for an outgoing transfer if you do it online.
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