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Australian Dollar Market Update (May 21st, 2018)

Justin Rampono has spent over 20 years working in some great roles at large banks, corporates, start-ups and scale-ups. He loves building businesses, nurturing relationships and more recently tackling massive jigsaw puzzles.

He researches and writes about foreign exchange products and has been quoted in the Australian,, Lifehacker and The Hip Pocket. Justin has a Diploma of Financial Services, a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

In 2014, he founded The Currency Shop to help people compare exchange rates so they don't get ripped off.

Here is your weekly update on the Australian Dollar exchange rate. We’ll discuss how it is performing against most major currencies, specifically the US Dollar. The AUD/USD exchange rate is often the most informative in terms of how the Aussie dollar is performing.

This article will cover:

  • Exchange rates
  • Average bank rates and margins
  • Aussie dollar trends
  • Australian Dollar forecasts
  • What it means for you


Video: Market Update for May 21st 2018

The information depicted in this video was correct on May 19th at 9am AEST.



Australian Dollar Exchange Rate

These are the exchange rates between the Australian Dollar and other major currencies. They were correct at 9am AEST 19.05.18.

Column 1 gives you the interbank or midmarket exchange rates at the moment. We have included the Aussie Dollar against; USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, NZD and IDR.

Column 2 gives you the average bank rates being offered for currency exchange or international money transfers. We have calculated these from the Big Four Banks in Australia; Westpac, NAB, ANZ and Commonwealth Bank.

Column 3 gives you the margin between the actual rate and what the banks are offering you. This margin is what gives you an idea of whether the rate you’re being offered is “good” or “bad”. Usually, a better rate and lower fees can be found when it comes to currency. Using a comparison table let’s you find the best rate for both situations.

Australian Dollar Exchange Rate against USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, NZD, THB, IDR



Australian Dollar Trends


In the last week the Australian dollar dropped back below 75US cents. It has followed the same pattern the last few weeks, dropping in the middle of the week and recovering towards the weekend. It’s high last week was and it’s low was.

Australian Dollar Exchange Rate Trends in the last week


Over the last 12 months the Australian dollar has recovered somewhat from it’s low at the end of 2016. It peaked in September 2017 and got above 80US cents in January 2018. The Australian dollar is still a long way from this at this point in the year.

Australian Dollar Exchange Rate trends in the last year



Australian Dollar Forecasts

By the middle of the year, most major banks are forecasting the Aussie to stay about the same against most major currencies, or to go up slightly. NAB forecast the Aussie to go down somewhat against the Japanese Yen (JPY). Click here to read more about forecasts for the Australian Dollar.

Australian dollar exchange rate forecasts by December 2018



What does it all mean?

When the Australian dollar is lower, it’s good news if you’re receiving money into Australia or exchanging a foreign currency for Australian dollars. This is because the Australian Dollar is essentially cheaper when it’s lower. If you’re recently back from an overseas trip and have left over currency, now is a good time to look at converting it back.


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