This is the current AUD-ZAR mid-market exchange rate. The Total Cost of buying foreign currency in the above table is calculated as the sum of all fees and the exchange rate margin, which is the difference between the provider's exchange rate and the mid-market AUD-ZAR exchange rate.
Whenever you are researching a particular exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies as the value of a currency must always be quoted relative to a second currency.
So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the AUD vs ZAR, you should pay attention to both Australian Dollar and South African Rand news and forecasts.
Following a flash crash in early January, which saw the Australian dollar briefly trade at a 10-year low of $0.674, the Aussie recovered to $0.73, but then, as it had done before the flash crash, it commenced with a slow and steady decline, and it was back at $0.705 in mid-March and was predicted to fall further.
In February, HSBC predicted a year-end AUD/USD rate of $0.66. In March, Westpac and JP Morgan were slightly more upbeat and argued for $0.68.
Fuelling lower exchange rate forecasts is the Australian economic story, for which major themes include a housing market slump, Chinese growth and the US-China trade spat. The RBA slashed growth forecasts in February and markets are now pricing in 1-2 interest rate cuts this year.
Another Aussie exchange rate worth mentioning is AUD/GBP, which sank in mid-March to its lowest level in nearly 3 years, at just £0.53. The Australian dollar has been unable to compete with the pound of late, since the latter benefits every time the British government fails to make a decision on how to deliver Brexit (every time Brexit appears less likely or to be delayed).
18-January-19: 2018 was a grim year for the rand: it lost 14 percent of its value against the US dollar, lost nearly 10 percent against the euro, and lost 4.4 percent against the Australian dollar.
Though the rand has had a good start to 2019 (by January-18 it was up 2-3 percent against many major currencies), its outlook took a disappointing turn in January following a dovish meeting of the South African Reserve Bank.
At its meeting, the SARB pointed to significant improvements to the inflation outlook in South Africa, and indicated that this meant less of an incentive to raise interest rates. The SARB predicted only one further increase in rates between now and the end of 2021, down from a predicted three increases in November.
In addition, 2019’s general election will undoubtedly add uncertainty given the divisions within South Africa's ruling ANC party, and uncertainty usually leads to lower currency prices.
In mid-January, year-end forecasts offered by TradingEconomics.com signalled rand weakness worth nearly 10 percent from levels at the time of writing. USD/ZAR will end 2019 at 15.31, TE has said, and EUR/ZAR will end at 17.14.
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