Use this two-way calculator and chart to calculate amounts in either U.S. dollar or 1000 using
the real-time USD/AUD market mid-rate.
Then choose your transaction type
Foreign TransferTravel Money
to see the available exchange rates and reviews for our leading foreign exchange providers.
The mid-rate is the rate you will see
Quoted on Google
or the News, nobody except the largest banks 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 USD / AUD was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.
2. Transaction Costs - Margins and Fees for USD/AUD Foreign Exchange
The transaction margin from the mid-rate you will be charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees will vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
USD to AUD Foreign Transfer - Costs Compared
You can see a sample of the margins from mid-rate in the table below which shows an example of the costs charged by FX specialist and the average bank rate when sending money transfers from USD to AUD.
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The below table shows an example of the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist versus the average bank, kiosk or post office rate to buy foreign cash.
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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
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.
Why can't I just get the same USD/AUD market rate I see on Google or in the Media?
When you look up the current U.S. dollar to Australian dollar exchange rate on the web the figure you find quoted on sites like google or mentioned on TV is commonly referred to as the mid-market rate.
Getting a great USD to AUD mid-market rate is all about timing, so unless you
are able to wait, watch and time the market this is largely beyond your control.
This rate will go up and down with varying amounts of volatility depending on the currency pair.
This mid-market rate is really only a reference and is just the starting point for calculating the actual rate you will
get for your transaction, luckily we can also use this same rate to determine how good a deal a rate that a provider offers you actually is.
You can use the below
USD to AUD calculator to convert currency amounts using the latest mid-market exchange rates.
Then choose your transaction type for specific U.S. dollar cross rates and reviews of leading foreign exchange providers versus the Banks.
3. Currency News, Research and Forecasts for U.S. dollar and Australian dollar
Whenever you are interested in an exchange rate you are actually interested in two currencies due to the fact that the value of a currency is always determined quoted in comparison to another currency.
So it follows that if you are determining the best time to transact, in this case the USD vs AUD, you should pay attention to both U.S. dollar and Australian dollar news and forecasts.
U.S. dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts
Against a basket of currencies, the U.S. dollar held steady in February and March – a welcome change considering the currency’s 15% fall in the preceding 13 months. However, any boost the greenback might receive from higher U.S. interest rates (the Fed hiked again in March) is likely to be offset by the longer-term consequences of U.S. trade tariffs, thinks a growing number of FX analysts. The latest round of tariffs include those on steel and aluminium imports and on $60 billion worth of Chinese goods, all aimed at boosting U.S. manufacturers.
The question of whether China in particular would take retaliatory steps on trade was a hot topic approaching the end of March. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BK Asset Management and Lloyds all said that the dollar would weaken on any escalation of trade tensions. In March, Lloyds reduced its dollar-euro year-end forecast to 0.8 (EUR/USD 1.25), from 0.82.
With trade on everyone’s lips and with traders uninspired by U.S. economic prospects, it is not surprising that the dollar’s trajectory has decoupled in 2018 from that of U.S. interest rate expectations. Despite yields climbing steadily this year, the dollar has sunk.
“It’s easy to see the weak-dollar story persisting,” said ING in February. The bank has forecast dollar-euro at just 0.77 at year-end (EUR/USD 1.3).
Australian dollar (AUD) - Market news and forecasts
The Australian dollar found its feet in the second week of March, ending a difficult period spanning back to late January. AUD strengthened to buy 0.785 US dollars, 0.638 euros and 83.8 yen.
AUD entered 2018 with verve and climbed to a 2 ½ year high against USD of 0.814 on January 26th, but things took a turn for the worse from then on as investors began to revise upwards their expectations for US interest rates and as Washington imposed US tariffs on imported steel and aluminium – tariffs that some said threatened to spark a global trade war. Given Australia’s open economy and reliance on commodity prices, threats to global trade are bearish for AUD. Post-tariffs, AUD/USD sank into the low 0.77s.
At the time of writing (March-12), useful technical resistance was waiting at 1.6 in EUR/AUD (equivalent to 0.625 in AUD/EUR) and 82.0 remained very solid support in AUD/JPY.
Forecasts: AUD volatility is set to dry up. A Reuters poll of analysts conducted in March produced a median estimate of 0.78 for AUD/USD for one-month and three-month horizons, and for year-end. This estimate marks little change from exchange rates in mid-March and is virtually identical to 2017’s year-end rate. The forecasts do at least represent an upward revision on those from recent months, most of which suggested a fall in AUD/USD this year to levels between 0.7 and 0.75.
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