South African Rand

The South African Rand remained unchanged at 10.54 in April from 10.54 in March of 2014. South African Rand averaged 4.82 from 1972 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 12.45 in December of 2001 and a record low of 0.67 in June of 1973. The USDZAR spot exchange rate specifies how much one currency, the USD, is currently worth in terms of the other, the ZAR. While the USDZAR spot exchange rate is quoted and exchanged in the same day, the USDZAR forward rate is quoted today but for delivery and payment on a specific future date. This page provides - South African Rand - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-17

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
10.54 10.54 12.45 0.67 10.71 | 2014/05 1972 - 2014 Monthly

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Markets Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Government Bond 10Y 8.30 2014-04-16 8.31 20.69 5.77 8.17 2014-05-31 Percent [+]
Stock Market 48139.69 2014-04-16 47770.92 48529.88 4308.02 48271.09 2014-05-31 Index points [+]
Currency 10.54 2014-04-17 10.54 12.45 0.67 10.71 2014-05-31 [+]
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