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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.

 

USD to KES interbank exchange rate = 101.14

Right now the USD/KES interbank exchange rate is 101.14. It’s also called the mid-market rate or just the mid-rate and is the rate that banks use when trading large amounts of foreign currencies with one another.

It's the reference rate we use to calculate how much you are being charged to convert Kenyan Shilling to United States Dollar.

This USD/KES Converter calculates equivalent United States Dollar to Kenyan Shilling amounts at the market mid-rate. You can also enter your own rates to find out the percentage difference to the latest market rates you are being charged.

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United States Dollar

Kenyan Shilling

1 USD 101.14 KES
5 USD 505.70 KES
10 USD 1,011.40 KES
20 USD 2,022.80 KES
50 USD 5,057.00 KES
100 USD 10,114.00 KES
250 USD 25,285.00 KES
500 USD 50,570.00 KES
1,000 USD 101,140.00 KES
2,000 USD 202,280.00 KES
5,000 USD 505,700.00 KES
10,000 USD 1,011,400.00 KES
50,000 USD 5,057,000.00 KES
100,000 USD 10,114,000.00 KES
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United States Dollar

Kenyan Shilling

0.0099 USD 1 KES
0.0494 USD 5 KES
0.0989 USD 10 KES
0.1977 USD 20 KES
0.4944 USD 50 KES
0.9887 USD 100 KES
2.4718 USD 250 KES
4.9435 USD 500 KES
9.8870 USD 1,000 KES
19.77 USD 2,000 KES
49.44 USD 5,000 KES
98.87 USD 10,000 KES
494.35 USD 50,000 KES
988.70 USD 100,000 KES
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United States Dollar to Kenyan Shilling (USD-KES) - 10 Year History

The below table shows the historic variation in the USD/KES exchange rate over the last 10 years. The percentage change is the difference from the date shown to present. This lets you decide if the current rate is in your favour. You can also view our various charts of USD versus other currencies : USD historical charts.

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
22 Apr 2019101.3500Latest
15 Apr 2019100.99001 Week+0.36%
23 Mar 2019100.59661 Month+0.75%
24 Oct 2018101.09766 Months+0.25%
22 Apr 201899.87171 Year+1.48%
22 Apr 2017103.38402 Years-1.97%
23 Apr 201486.92595 Years+16.59%
24 Apr 200978.605110 Years+28.94%

Why can't I just get the USD/KES market rate I see on Google or in the Media?

The USD/KES 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 / KES 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.

The closer your final exchange rate is to the market USD/KES midrate the better deal you are getting.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

The three things you need in order to get a good USD to KES exchange rate

  1. Know the latest USD/KES market mid-rate. The closer your final exchange rate is to this real market rate the better deal you are getting. You should also judge how the current rate compares to the historic rate over the past 10 years.
  2. Compare your Bank's transaction costs to several licensed FX providers, remember to compare the exchange rate margins as well as the various types of fees. We make that easy to do with our calculators for Foreign Transfers and Travel Money transactions.
  3. Review up-to-date Currency News and Forecasts for both the and currencies, if available.

Currency news and forecasts for United States Dollar and Kenyan Shilling

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 USD vs KES, you should pay attention to both United States Dollar and Kenyan Shilling news and forecasts.

United States Dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts

In the third week of April the Dollar Index was rallying strongly towards the mid-97s, slightly below major resistance at 97.70, a break of which would be massively positive for the greenback. The index was up 1.7 percent year-to-date.

The dollar’s strength comes in spite of a dovish surprise in March from the Federal Reserve, which ditched two interest rate hikes from its 2019 projections. Fortunately for dollar holders, the rest of the world has problems and other important central banks also turned dovish, removing much of the incentive for selling USD.

Bloomberg research warned in April of potential for a large upcoming move in the US dollar, up or down. Over the past quarter-century, three prominent troughs in the JPMorgan Global FX Volatility Index were followed by dollar moves over 6-month periods worth 10-15 percent. The index was trading in mid-April at a 5-year low.

Kenyan Shilling (KES) - Market news and forecasts

No recent Kenyan Shilling market updates.