How can I get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and the Tongan pa’anga?
As a small currency that’s not fully convertible, it might be tough finding places to exchange your US dollars to Tongan pa’anga outside of Tonga. For money transfers to Tonga, using an online money transfer provider is your best option. Transactions with this type of service are quick, with low service fees and good exchange rates for most currencies in the world.
Expect to use cash a lot when you travel in Tonga. ATM’s are found in some locations, while other areas don’t have them at all. Debit and credit cards are generally not accepted, with the exception of at some major hotels — watch out for high fees in this case.
Exchanging USD to TOP in cash is likely your best option when visiting Tonga. Many travelers say that the currency exchange counter located at the international airport offers decent exchange rates, but you can also try one of the banks downtown.
The US dollar is the most traded currency in the world. The world’s unofficial reserve currency, it can be found in most major currency pairs. In forex, it’s an important benchmark and target rate for countries that fix or peg their currencies against its value. It is also used as the standard currency for oil, precious metals and other commodities.
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The Tongan pa’anga is the official currency of the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga. Tied to the Australian dollar until 1991, it has been pegged to a basket of currencies since and has steadily declined.
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What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Tongan pa’anga?
Rather than being pegged to a single currency, the Tongan pa’anga is pegged to a weighted average of different foreign currencies:
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Changes in the exchange rate between any of these currencies will also have an effect on the exchange rate between the Tongan pa’anga and the US dollar.
As a very small economy, the Tongan currency benefits from being pegged to these currencies. If it was free-floating, the Tongan pa’anga would probably be far too volatile, especially for foreign investors. Most of Tonga’s economy consists of subsistence farming and fishing, and because the total value of exports is pretty small, it’s hard to maintain a stable free-floating currency.
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How does the Tongan pa’anga trade against the US dollar historically?
Despite the pegging system in place, the exchange rate between the Tongan pa’anga and the US dollar has been relatively volatile over the past ten years. It’s fluctuated between a high of 1.6 pa’anga per dollar in 2011 and a low of 2.34 pa’anga per dollar in early 2016.
The future of the exchange rate between the pa’anga and the dollar depends on how the other currencies pegged to the pa’anga compare to the dollar. If the US dollar were to weaken against other currencies, the value of the pa’anga would strengthen compared to the US dollar — and vice versa.
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Adrienne Fuller is the head of publishing at Finder US. With a decade of experience creating guides in finance and education, she aims to deliver the accurate and transparent information she wishes she had when she made some of life's important financial decisions. For the past 3 years she has been the publisher of money transfers, helping readers save when they send money all over the globe. She has a BA from Colorado College and loves to hike with her two Catahoula dogs around her home in San Diego.
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