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NZD News: Value of Kiwi dollar drops alongside strong USD and Coronavirus concerns

21st February 2020

TGIF everyone. As much as we want you to be travelling, we also hope you haven’t got a trip booked straight away, as the poor old Kiwi dollar isn’t doing too well. The Coronavirus continues to have a dampening effect on the value of the NZD. With this in mind, today one Kiwi dollar will buy you:

0.6231 US dollars
68.8666 Japanese yen
0.568 euros
0.4759 Great British pound
18.9786 Thai Baht
0.9354 Australian dollars
13,313.10 Vietnamese Dong

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Let’s take a deeper dive into what’s going on with the NZD

USD is rock solid

The USD is a force to be reckoned with at the moment and increased against most major currencies overnight after a good run of positive economic data. In particular, the Philadelphia business survey for February surged to its highest level in three years. This is the first of the monthly regional surveys to be released, and if the others imitate Philly’s surge, it could very well lead to further gains in the value of the USD.

Coronavirus: an ongoing saga

The Coronavirus continues to spread across China and the world. This week Japan saw a spike in cases, with the number of infected doubling to 84. Virus concerns are putting downward pressure on the already weak Japanese economy, which is, in turn, causing weakness in the Japanese yen. Great for Kiwi travellers taking advantage of the excellent Japan travel deals at the moment, bad for the Japanese economy.

As you can imagine, the Chinese economy is taking the biggest hit from the virus. Unfortunately, our trade ties to China mean the weakness in the Chinese yuan weighs further on the value of the NZD. This weekend G20 leaders will meet in Saudi Arabia, and discuss the effects of the Coronavirus on the global economy. The Asia-Pacific region will witness the biggest and most immediate hit, with the effects transferring through to European and American markets in time. 

Domestic Data Disappoints

Like an annoying sibling, the weakness in the Aussie dollar has dragged down the value of the NZD. Today the governor of the Reserve Bank of NZ will speak. Markets expect his comments to be slightly more downbeat than the last time he spoke, mainly due to the potential economic disruption caused by the Coronavirus. 

Fingers crossed we come with better news next week. Until then, keep an eye on the news and join the Travel Money Club so you can be up to date with what is happening in the big bad world of currency markets.

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