The total cost you are charged by your foreign exchange provider consists of the margin from the mid-rate offered plus any fixed or percentage fees.
These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions as shown below.
The below table is a snapshot of the costs charged by FX specialists and banks for PHP/EUR International Money Transfers. Total Costs are calculated when the amount when PHP is converted to EUR at the mid-rate without fees.
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Whenever you are researching a particular exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies as exchange rates are the ratio between two currencies.
So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the PHP vs EUR, you should pay attention to the forecasts and trends for both Philippine Peso and Euro:
Philippine Peso (PHP) outlook
It’s been a solid start to 2019 for the Philippine peso, which is up slightly (between 0.6 and 2 percent) against the US dollar, Australian dollar and euro. The peso has rebounded from 13-year lows struck in the fourth quarter of last year courtesy of economic reforms, proposed fiscal spending and an S&P credit rating upgrade.
The peso slipped in the week leading up to May’s Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas meeting, with traders correctly forecasting an interest rate cut (the first since 2016). The BSP is able to lower rates because inflation has halved over the past 6 months and is back at targeted levels.
The peso steadied post-BSP at levels near 52.2 per USD but might be pressured in the months ahead from further policy easing, which hasn’t been ruled out.
Per an ING analyst, the BSP will be comfortable with peso exchange rates between 52 and 55 per USD, but beyond these levels they might intervene in markets. ING is forecasting USD/PHP at 54 at year-end.
Euro (EUR) outlook
Against the dollar and pound, the euro remains weak: rates between $1.11 and $1.12 haven’t been seen since June 2017, and a rate of £0.85 was only half a percent above a new 2-year low. The euro fared better against the Australian dollar, with EUR/AUD rates slightly above 2018’s average at A$1.595.
Euro weakness has been driven by Brexit uncertainties (a “flextension” means that Brexit has been pushed back until October) and has followed March’s meeting of the ECB, at which the central bank said it will not raise interest rates until 2020 as part of an effort to lift the eurozone economy out of this “period of continued [economic] weakness.”
Why can't I just get the PHP/EUR market rate I see online or in the media?
The PHP/EUR mid-rate is the rate you will see quoted online or the news, nobody except the largest banks and businesses can get
exchange rates close to this mid-rate. It is actually just the theoretical half-way point (hence mid-rate) between
the last rate at which the PHP / EUR was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.
Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin
you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for
travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money.
The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.
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