United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee - Convert Compare Save
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 LKR mid-rate = 179.7
Right now the USD/LKR market mid-rate is 179.7
and represents ideally how many Sri Lankan Rupee you can get for one United States Dollar.
Looking for LKR travel money? Then it is important to note that the Sri Lankan Rupee is a closed currency. Which means that you will not be able to
purchase the currency before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival. For more information and a full list of closed currencies
read our guide: What is a closed currency?
A good solution for closed currencies is to use a pre-paid travel card to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and also minimise ATM fees -
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This USD/LKR Converter calculates equivalent United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee amounts at the market mid-rate:
USD / LKR mid-rate converter
1 United States Dollar equals 179.7Sri Lankan Rupee
1 LKR =
1 LKR =
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United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee (USD-LKR) - 10 Year History
The below table shows the historic variation in the USD/LKR 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.
19 Feb 2019
12 Feb 2019
20 Jan 2019
23 Aug 2018
19 Feb 2018
19 Feb 2017
20 Feb 2014
21 Feb 2009
Why can't I just get the USD/LKR market rate I see on Google or in the Media?
The USD/LKR 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 / LKR 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/LKR midrate the better deal you are getting.
The three things you need in order to get a good USD to LKR exchange rate
Know the latest USD/LKR 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.
Compare your Bank's transaction costs
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
Currency news and forecasts for United States Dollar and Sri Lankan Rupee
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 LKR, you should pay attention to both United States Dollar and Sri Lankan Rupee news and forecasts.
United States Dollar (USD) - Market news and forecasts
26-January-19: 2018 was a reasonable year for the dollar. Measured by the US Dollar Index, the greenback appreciated by 4 percent, which was much better than 2017’s 10 percent loss. It was, though, something of a stuttering end to 2018 and the dollar has had mixed fortunes in early 2019.
In December, after lifting US interest rates to 2.25-2.5 percent, the Fed lowered its expectations for future hikes due to so-called “cross currents” (China, Brexit, trade wars etc.). Skepticism among analysts over future Fed hikes has for some time been the main reason for dollar pessimism for 2019, but now, there is also the prospect of a US economic slowdown to contend with.
“A slowdown in the economy is likely to weigh on USD particularly in the second half of this year,” a CIBC researcher said in January.
Of the same opinion was an expert at ING, who argued that the dollar is soon to “embark on a gradual long-term bearish trend.”
January’s extended US government shutdown also has dollar-negative ramifications. Not only is the shutdown likely to hit first-quarter GDP growth, disagreements within Congress bode poorly for the future of potentially inflationary fiscal spending.
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) - Market news and forecasts
As of September 2018, Sri Lanka is at the top of a list of seven emerging market countries that are most likely to join nations such as Turkey and Argentina in a currency crisis according to the investment bank Nomura. "Sri Lanka is at risk of a crisis erupting at any time," the economists noted.
"With foreign exchange reserves of less than five months of import cover and high short-term external debt of around $US7.5 billion, its refinancing needs are large. Political stability also remains an issue."
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