May 4: Vietnam Central Bank Keeps Dollar Exchange At 20,828 dong, Commercial Banks Lower Dollar Prices
Vietnam’s central bank quoted the U.S dollar exchange rate at VND20.828 on Friday, unchanged for more than 4 months, the longest string since it has been applied but also the highest one.
Commercial banks are allowed to apply effective exchange rate +-1 percent from the official exchange rate set by the central bank, accordingly, the ceiling price for a dollar today was VND21,036 but commercial banks mostly quoted dollar prices below the upper limit.
Commercial banks continued lowering dollar prices for the third consecutive day today and the exchange rates applied ranging from VND20,810-20,830 for bid and VND20,860-20,870 for ask, respectively.
Vietnam targets to adjust the exchange rate by between 2-3 percent this year only, if it is reached, this will be the first year dong is fairly stable after a long streak of much depreciation in the past years.