Foreign Exchange Guide to Singapore
In this guide we review :
- Singapore dollar info - general info about the Singapore dollar
- Singapore dollar in the markets - recent SGD moves and predictions from the FX markets
- Travelling in Singapore - currency & money saving tips
- Buying Singapore dollar cash online - travel money for Singapore
- Sending money to Singapore - save on Singapore dollar bank transfers to Singapore
- Singapore dollar exchange rates - latest info & charts.
Singapore dollar (SGD) general currency information
According to the Bank for International Settlements, trading in the Singapore dollar contributes to 1.8% of the foreign exchange market’s daily turnover, and as such the currency is Asia’s third most traded (behind the Japanese yen and China’s yuan) and the twelfth most traded in the world.
Singapore’s currency is of special importance to the country’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Unlike other central banks which tighten or ease monetary policy by adjusting a national interest rate, the MAS achieve the same end via management of Singapore dollar exchange rates – an unconventional method which has served the country well since its introduction in 1981.
Because of its importance to monetary policy, the value of the Singapore dollar is managed carefully under a ‘managed float’ regime and is not truly freely floating. Its value is managed against a basket of currencies from the country’s major trading partners and the trade-weighted Singapore dollar exchange rate is restricted by the central bank to moves within a specified range, the boundaries of which are announced every six months.
The currency’s all-time valuation low against the US dollar occurred in September 1985 when USD/SGD reached 2.31. Its all-time high came in August 2011 when USD/SGD fell to just 1.2.
What is the Singapore dollar currency code and symbol?
The three letter currency code for the Singapore dollar is SGD and the symbol is $.
Which countries use the Singapore dollar?
It is the domestic currency in Singapore.
Singapore dollar (SGD) in the markets
In 2018, Singapore developments and economic data have been less of a driver of SGD FX rates, with most simply following the broader market(s).
In January, after breaking significant technical support at 1.335, USD/SGD fell to 1.3 for the first time since 2014. Then, in line with the broader market for dollar pairs, USD/SGD rallied by mid-February into the high 1.31s. 1.335 remains a significant technical level in this pair.
Against a very strong Japanese yen, SGD lost nearly 4% of its value in the first seven weeks of the year; however, this was once again in line with the broad moves in yen pairs. In mid-February, SGD bought roughly 81 yen.
Against the euro, SGD continues to lose value in 2018, as it did in 2017. SGD weakened in early February to 1.645 per euro – its weakest level in two-and-a-half years.
The team at TradingEconomics.com is forecasting SGD weakness ahead. It sees the currency weakening to 1.38 per US dollar before the end of the year.
The interactive chart below shows the SGD to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.
Currency and money saving tips for Singapore
Singapore is not cheap, but that aside it is a classy, and impressive place to visit. Singapore is expensive by Southeast-Asian standards, with everything costing about double what it does elsewhere in the region. Singapore can get very humid in summer, be ready for that when making travel plans. There is so much to do in Singapore, try to spend a few days, the food is amazing. That said, it can get pretty humid, so depending on your tastes decide on your travel time wisely.
There are plenty of buses and taxis around Singapore, but the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) runs the length and breadth of the country. MRT tickets vary in price, as they are based on the distance traveled, but generally cost around 4 SGD. Travel on public transport is just 10 SGD per day for tourists with a Singapore Tourist Pass. This will get you unlimited rides on a number of buses and trains.
For the budget travelers the stalls here offer food for less than 6 SGD and are a great place to sample local snacks, otherwise eating out can cost you. If you struggle with finding your way around there is a very complex underground system that is very useful.
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Travel money for Singapore
Save money and time by Ordering your Singapore dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the SGD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.
Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.
For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Singapore dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared
Buying SGD Cash with USD 1,000
Rate timestamp : Mon Apr 23 2018 07:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Sending money to Singapore
When sending money to Singapore it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 3 simple steps :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or Singapore dollar amount you want to transfer
- Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
- Once your funds are received by the provider the converted SGD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Singapore.
By comparing the rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Singapore dollar deposited into the recipient bank account in Singapore and less margins and fees kept by the banks!
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Sending USD 10,000 to SGD
Rate timestamp : Mon Apr 23 2018 07:03:44 GMT+0000 (UTC)