Unlike West African counterparts, Kenya shows appetite for US dollar …

While the US dollar has been declining against a number of currencies, the Kenya shelling does not appear to be one of them, at least during the first week of December. According to data from OANDA, a foreign exchange brokerage, from the period 1 December through 5 December 2020, the Kenya shelling price of a US dollar increased 0.625% from 109.268 KES on 1 December 2020 to 109.951 KES on 5 December 2020. The current Bank of Kenya exchange rate is 1 USD for 111.0618 KES.

The Kenya shilling price for the euro, British pound, and Chinese yuan also increased during the same period. The euro shilling price ticked up from 131.076 KES to 133.253 KES (1.660%). The pound-shilling price advanced 1.0358% from 146.162 KES to 147.676 KES while the Chinese yuan advanced 1.2936% from 16.6311 KES to 16.8665 KES.

The Kenyan central bank’s inter-bank interest rate is 3.96% while the 91-day treasury bill is yielding 6.86%.

11:42 am 12 November 2020, Foreign exchange rates between U.S. and select countries in East Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia

As of 11:42 am EST, 12 November 2020:

How to read the chart:

CAD/USD: If you come to the United States with one Canadian dollar (CAD)and wish to sell it for a US dollar (USD), the market price is .76641 USD.

USD/CAD: If you take a US dollar (USD) to Canada and wish to sell it for a Canadian dollar (CAD), the market price is 1.30461 CAD

CAD/USD=0.76641   USD/CAD=1.30461

CNH/USD= 0.15127   USD/CNH=6.60956

EUR/USD= 1.17895    USD/EUR=0.84811

DKK/USD =0.15834     USD/DKK=6.31400

NGN/USD= 0.00262    USD/NGN=380.460

JPY/USD=0.00949      USD/JPY=105.38

INR/USD=0.01344       USD/INR=74.2553

JMD/USD=0.00673      USD/JMD=145.540

GYD/USD=0.00475       USD/GYD= 207.614

GHS/USD=0.17139       USD/GHS= 5.80752

XCD/USD=0.37037        USD/XCD= 2.70

KES/USD = 0.00909       USD/KES= 107.904

Source: OANDA

Major political/legal event in the United States

Federal Reserve Vice-chair Quarles testifies before House Financial Service committee today

Randal K. Quarles, vice-chair for supervision for the Federal Reserve, will testify today before the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.  His testimony will focus on the Federal Reserve‚Äôs supervisory activities in the context of the ongoing pandemic.

The Democratic Party will maintain control of the financial services committee in the next Congress.  There will likely be signals as to where committee chairwoman, U.S. Representative  Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, would like Congress and the Biden administration to focus legislative and regulatory initiatives.

Source: Federal Reserve  

Buying a piece of America from abroad? Here are your rates….

As of 9:04 am EST 22 October 2020, here are your exchange rates from selected countries:

1 Euro = $1.19 USD

1 Kwanza= $0.0015 USD

1 Rand= $0.061 USD

1 Naira= $0.0026 USD

1 Rupee= $0.014 USD

1 Shilling= $0.0092 USD

1 Yuan= $0.15 USD

1 Eastern Caribbean Dollar= $0.31 USD

Source: Morningstar