I recently bought some VEUR.SW on Swissquote for a tilt on European stocks and although this ETF is quoted in CHF it pays dividends in EUR. I simply assumed it would be paid in CHF…
So now my question how to deal with these dividends in EUR… It is somehow confusing to me because the bank account in Swissquote is in CHF and so I guess that EUR amount is a virtual account which I can not see or access directly.
Ideally I would immediately or automatically exchange that EUR amount into CHF to make it usable for my next purchase on Swissquote. Or how do you people deal with that or suggest me to do?
sq accounts are multi-currency (chf, eur, usd) by default, you should see the current amount for each in the trading overview. i guess there are options: you’re able to use those eur for some purpose later on (another purchase, vacation etc), you exchange them via sq (0.95% up to 50k) or you transfer and exchange if you have an easy cheaper option.
You are right, I could find the base currency listed on the Vanguard factsheet for VEUR. So that’s another point I need to be more careful of. I find it quite unpractical being paid dividends in EUR. I don’t have much use for EUR so I will have to convert it back to CHF, “loose” 0.95% in exchange fee and then I can use it as CHF…
The base currency determines in what currency the dividends will be paid.
A fund can have different share classes which can be traded in different currencies. This is the case for VEUR, which can be bought in CHF but has EUR as base currency.
Buying share classes of funds with accumulating dividends is a way to avoid the distributions in the base currency. VEUR has accumulating share classes, traded as VWCG (ISIN: IE00BK5BQX27) in CHF on SIX (or with potentially other tickers, in other currencies, on other exchanges):
Edit: alternatively, it is possible to buy shares of the same fund in its base currency with the dividends received, thus holding two classes of shares of the same fund (one in CHF bought with savings and one in EUR bought with the dividends of the first one).
Small clarification, the distributing CHF and EUR shares of the fund are both part of the same share class (same ISIN). I.e., you would be holding two positions of the same share class. The broker can consolidate such positions (i.e. changing the exchange and trading currency without an actual trade) but Swissquote charges CHF 50 for this, if I remember correctly.
Swissquote account is a multicurrency account. Nothing virtual, just all currencies share the same IBAN. Handling EUR dividend is easy, make a SEPA transfer to your Revolut or Wise account and use it from there or exchange.
That actually makes a lot of sense, especially for holidays abroad in Europe where I should be able to pay directly EUR with Revolut.
Another idea would be to transfer the EUR from Swissquote to IBKR and then exchange the EUR in USD for minimal exchange fee and use it this money along with my regular VT purchase.
Thanks @Wolverine for the hint regarding the VWCG accumulating version of VEUR. I assumed the dividends of VEUR would be paid in CHF that’s why I got the distributing version. As you mention along with others, long term it might simply be easier to switch to VWCG.