Use this two-way calculator and chart to calculate amounts in either U.S. dollar or 1000 using
the real-time USD/CNY 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.
Right now the USD/CNY market rate is
and represents how many
you can get for one U.S. dollar.
The USD/CNY mid-rate is the rate you will see
Quoted on Google
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 USD / CNY was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.
You can calculate with the current mid-rate using our
USD to CNY
calculator below but note the rate will most likely be quite different by the time you make you currency exchange.
2. Transaction Costs - Margins and Fees for USD/CNY 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 CNY 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 CNY.
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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/CNY market rate I see on Google or in the Media?
When you look up the current U.S. dollar to Chinese yuan 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 CNY 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 CNY 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 Chinese yuan
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 CNY, you should pay attention to both U.S. dollar and Chinese yuan 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).
Chinese yuan (CNY) - Market news and forecasts
In late March, a USD/CNY rate of 6.242 marked the yuan’s strongest level against the dollar since mid-2015. The yuan also rose to long-term highs against the Australian dollar and Canadian dollar. Against the euro, pound and yen, it traded near 12-month averages.
The yuan’s first-quarter appreciation against the US dollar was attributed to expectations for a stronger yuan amid a looming US-China trade war and also to large inflows of investment capital into China, driven in part by the inclusion of Chinese equities and yuan-denominated bonds in widely followed indices and by the introduction of the world’s first exchange-traded, yuan-denominated oil futures.
Expectations for a stronger yuan followed the introduction of tariffs by Washington on $60 billion worth of Chinese goods – tariffs aimed at reducing the US’ $375 billion trade deficit with China. Despite talking tough, it was believed by most that Beijing would seek to appease Washington in order to avert a full-blown trade war, which might be achieved by allowing the yuan to appreciate – a move that would make Chinese goods less attractive to US buyers, shrinking the deficit.
For year-end, most forecasts (taken in February) for the yuan ranged between 6.1 and 6.25 per US dollar. A notable exception came from ABN Amro, which cited expectations for a modest recovery in the greenback as its reason for predicting 6.5.
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