USD INR ₹ 83.37
GBP INR ₹ 103.73
CAD INR ₹ 60.78
Articles

The Rise And Fall Of The Dollar vs. Rupee Since 1947

Updated on April 11, 2022 12:58 pm
The Rise And Fall Of The Dollar vs. Rupee Since 1947

Post-World War II, the U.S. dollar (USD) has been the most powerful currency in the world. It has dominated the financial market and has become the de-facto currency for international trade and transactions. More than 60% of global foreign reserves are in USD, making it the most commonly held reserve currency in the world. Till today, countries peg their currencies against the USD to determine their value in the global market.

The strength of India's currency, the Rupee (INR) is also weighted against the USD. The value of 1 USD to INR keeps fluctuating and it is called the exchange rate.

The exchange rate constantly changes in the global foreign exchange market and is an important determinant of a nation's economic power. The whole global trade is possible because of its existence. If the value of foreign currency increases, imports get expensive and exports get cheaper. The contrary is also true.

If it takes more Indian currency to buy 1 USD, it means that the Indian currency has depreciated and if it takes less, the currency has appreciated. Since independence, the Indian currency has been on a roller-coaster journey. Geopolitical issues, economic reforms, and international issues have affected its value over the years. Judging from the value of 72.55 rupees per dollar in the current time, the Indian rupee has been depreciating against the USD in the past 71 years.

Let's look at the history of the dollar vs rupee since 1947 to understand its journey of depreciation against the dollar.

Rupee After India's Independence

As a free country in 1947, India had no foreign debt or credit on its balance sheet. This could mean that 1USD = 1INR. However, as India was a British ruled state before its independence, the value of INR was derived from the British pound. The exchange rate was 1 pound = 13 INR. There was no standard system of comparing the world currencies before 1944, so this valuation remained constant. Since, 1 pound was equal to $2.73 at that time, the value of USD vs INR in 1947 can be calculated as 1 USD = 4.76 Rupee.

As per the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944, each country was required to peg the value of its currency to the dollar, which itself was convertible to gold at the rate of $35 per ounce. India was also part of this agreement, and hence at the time of independence, India followed the par value system of exchange rates. This was a relative exchange rate and not a fixed exchange rate.

Following is the breakdown of how the Rupee performed against the Dollar post-1947.

1947-Late 1950s

When India became independent in 1947, the Indian economy was in a poor state. To finance welfare and development activities, especially with the adoption of the five-year plan in 1951, the Indian government under the Prime Minister of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, continuously borrowed money from foreign or private sector savings starting from the 1950s onwards. Foreign borrowings increased in high magnitude in the 1960s.

Decimalization in 1957

In April 1957, the Indian rupee was decimalized and was divided into 100 naya paisa ('new' paisa). Before the decimalization, one rupee was divided into 16 annas or 64 pice. Each anna being equal to 4 pice. For a short time, both decimal and non-decimal coins were in circulation. Pre-decimal coins, half and quarter rupees were in circulation after decimalization. The rupee remained unchanged in value and nomenclature. The prefix "Naya Paisa" was removed in 1964. The decimalization of India's currency was a major step toward modernization and revolutionary change.

War and Drought in the 1960s

The Indian government was facing a budget deficit and was not in a state to borrow additional money due to a negative rate of savings. The situation was aggravated by the Indo-China war in 1962, the Indo-Pakistan war in 1965, and the major drought in 1965-1966. The defense spending at the time was 24.06% of the total government expenditure which was very high.

The value of 1 pound = 13 Rupee continued till 1966. After 1966, the INR was compared to the USD on a one-to-one basis and the rupee started witnessing devaluation.

As a consequence of economic upheaval, the then Prime Minister had to devalue the rupee to 1 USD = 7.50 INR by 1967. The devaluation made exports cheaper and imports expensive which resulted in a sharp increase in prices leading to inflation.

The par value system continued till 1971 until the collapse of the Bretton Woods System which suspended the gold standard/ convertibility of the dollar by the U.S.A.

 

1971-Collapse of the Bretton Woods Agreement

bretton-woods.jpeg

Hulton Archive (Photo: www.static.guim.co.uk)

India adopted a fixed rate system and was linked to the U.K. pound sterling after the breakdown of the Bretton Woods Agreement. However, by 1975, the rupee was pegged to a basket of currencies to ensure the stability of the rupee and to combat the increasing imbalances and disadvantages associated with a single currency peg.

Rupee value went down to 8.10 in 1974 as a consequence of the oil shock in 1973 because of the decision to reduce production by the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC).

1991 Economic Crisis

The Soviet Union had been a crucial trade partner of India since the 1960s. However, due to the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s, India's export fell by a significant proportion. Coupled with the doubling of the crude oil prices by the Persian Gulf nations in 1990, India faced a serious Balance of Payment crisis in 1991.

The interest payment made up 39% of the government's revenue and the fiscal deficit decreased to 7.8% of GDP.

The foreign reserve had dried up to a point that India hardly had the money for three week's worth of imports. The country nearly went bankrupt. India had to borrow money from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) against its gold reserves.

The exchange rate plummeted throughout the 1980s and by late 1990, the rate was 1 USD = 17.32 INR.

The economic crisis called for a devaluation of the rupee. Devaluation is the process of reducing a country's exchange rate in the international market while keeping the internal value unchanged. This was done to encourage an increase in exports and an increase in the inflow of foreign currency.

In 1991, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decreased the exchange rate by 11% in total as part of a well-planned move to deal with the crisis with the project named "hop, skip, and jump". With this, India ended the fixed-rate currency regime and moved towards a market-determined exchange rate system or the floating exchange rate system.

Rupee Fluctuations In The 2000s

The effect of devaluation made the exchange rate 1 USD to 25.92 INR in 1992. The Indian rupee kept falling since then. By 2002, the rupee had fallen to Rs 48.99 against the US dollar.

In 2007, the rupee appreciated and reached a high of Rs 39.27 to the dollar because of the sustained foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows into the country in terms of investment to the booming stock market, increasing remittances, and growth in exporters led by the IT and BPO firms in the country.

Read more on the best remittance options for exchange rate fluctuations.

However, the global financial crisis of 2008 put an end to the trend and the rupee hit a low of Rs 51.75 by 2009. By early 2013, owing to global factors and domestic factors, the rupee fell further to Rs 56.57 per 1 USD.

2016 Demonetization

counting-money.jpg

The 2016 demonetization which was the discontinuation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes led to nearly 86 percent of the currency in circulation being invalid overnight. This had an adverse impact on consumption patterns, investment, and income among others. Also, the unavailability of newly printed notes meant a reduced amount of currency in circulation.

Eventually, the currency in circulation were-a new Rs 500 note and a first for the Indian currency -Rs 2,000 note- and later new notes of old denominations such as Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50, Rs 100, and another first Rs 200 note were introduced.

Demonetization was a way to combat corruption and black money in the economy and to push forward digital India with an increase in the use of cashless transactions as a result of demonetization.

In 2016, the USD to INR hit a record with 1 USD = 68.77 INR, the highest rate at that time.

The global economic crisis following the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 contributed to the depreciation of the exchange rate to hit a record low which was 1 USD = 76.67 INR (March).

The current exchange rate now stands at 1 USD = 72.55 INR at the time of writing.

Union Budget 2021: NRIs Now Can Incorporate One-Person Company (OPC) In India

According to the new budget, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can incorporate One Person Company (OPC) in India with no restriction on paid-up capital (the previously prescribed limit was Rs 50 lakh) and turnover (capped at Rs 2 crore earlier) and can convert into any other type of company at any time.

One basic requirement for OPC was that the member and nominee have to be a resident of India. With the residency limit reduced from 182 days to 120 days, NRIs now have an easier entry into the Indian market.

This move by the Indian government will encourage NRIs with entrepreneurial potential to come to India and set up a business in India. This will be a big boost for startups in India which means more investment opportunities for NRIs.

The potential increase in the inflow of foreign investments is better for the Indian rupee against the US dollars.

Rupee%20Graph.jpg

Why Does The Value Of The Rupee Fluctuate Against The US Dollar?

The value of a nation's currency fluctuates primarily because it is based on supply and demand.

The money supply is the total amount of a currency in circulation. An increase in demand for a currency or insufficient supply of it appreciates its exchange rate value. In the foreign exchange market, most of the world's currencies are bought and sold based on exchange rates. The value of the exchange rates fluctuates depending on the supply and demand of the currencies in the foreign exchange market.



What Controls The Supply And Demand of A Currency?

Monetary Policy

Monetary policy is a powerful tool used by the central banks to control the supply and demand of the currency and thus influencing the exchange rate.

One of the ways the RBI controls the movement of the rupee is by changing the interest rates. For example, When RBI allowed the banks to increase interest rates on Non-Resident Indians (NRI) rupee accounts and brought them on par with the domestic term deposit rates, the inflow of funds from NRIs went up, which raised the demand for rupees and ultimately led to the appreciation of the currency. Similarly, depreciation of the rupee is caused by the decrease in interest rates.

RBI also buys and sells US dollars in the open market to control the value of the currency. Some other ways through which RBI control the availability of money in circulation, thus impacting the value of the currency is by regulating the following:

  • Cash Reserve Ratio: minimum deposits amount that a bank needs to keep as a reserve
  • Statutory Liquidity Ratio: minimum percentage of deposits that a bank has to maintain in form of liquid cash, gold, or securities.
  • Repo Rate: the rate at which the RBI lends money to banks against securities.
  • Inflation

Inflation also impacts the value of a currency. When there is too much supply of money but no economic growth, prices of goods and services inflate. The central bank can counteract the situation by increasing the interest rate of borrowing money. High-interest rates discourage people to spend money. Instead, it encourages them to save money.

Inflation essentially is a measure of the degree of economic stability. A low and stable inflation rate is desirable for attracting foreign investment.

Rupee depreciated against the USD from 55.48 INR to 57.07 per 1 USD within 15 days in 2013 as a consequence of increased demand in the dollar from imports and due to foreign institutional investors pulling out capital from the debt market.

This happened despite RBI's effort to stabilize the value of the rupee by selling US dollars from its foreign exchange reserves.

Political And Economic Situation

A country with stable economic conditions and political situations generally has a higher exchange rate because it is in high demand in the currency market as investors are confident with their investments. Key economic indicators like the gross domestic product (GDP), unemployment rate, trade balance, inflation rates, interest rates determine the value of the currency exchange rates.

Political tensions can also negatively impact the value of the currency. As the demand decreases, the rupee will depreciate.

Conclusion

Various factors cause the volatile nature of the Indian currency. The value of INR is significantly affected by crude oil prices as India imports a large quantity of it. An increase in oil prices causes the value of the Indian currency to drop. As we discussed earlier, a fall in foreign investments in the Indian market, interest rates, inflation in the country also contribute to the depreciation of the INR. Devaluation of the currency makes imported goods expensive, foreign travel and fees for studying abroad become costly.

It is important to note that a strong currency is not necessarily good. The depreciation of the rupee has helped the Indian economy during an economic crisis. Lowering the exchange rate has improved the balance of trade. With a floating exchange rate system, the USD/INR are determined by market forces and several internal and external forces.

For a developing economy like India, depreciation can be a natural consequence and it is likely to continue in the future.

 231856 views
Rate article:
(4.8)
 
 
Money Transfer FAQ's
Related Articles
Understanding USD to PHP
Understanding USD to PHP Exchange Rates in 2024

For many immigrants or individuals supporting their families in the Philippines, understanding the fluctuations in USD to PHP exchange rates is very tricky. Navigating the intricacies of these rates involves examining a spectrum of economic, political, and social factors.CompareRemit is here to make life easier for you, so you can make the best decision with little to no hassle on your part. In this guide, we'll unravel the complexities surrounding USD to PHP exchange rates, providing valuable insights to empower you in making informed decisions for your money transfers.​​Interest Rates: The Currency Tug-of-WarOne of the primary factors that influence exchange rates is  interest rates. When the U.S. Federal Reserve adjusts interest rates, it sends ripples through the currency market. Generally, higher interest rates attract foreign investment, strengthening the USD against the PHP. For individuals, keeping an eye on interest rate differentials between the U.S. and the Philippines can offer insights into potential shifts in exchange rates.Inflation: The Balancing ActInflation, the rise in the price of goods and services, plays a pivotal role in currency valuation. Countries experiencing lower inflation rates often witness an appreciation in their currency. Comparing inflation rates between the U.S. and the Philippines allows you to gauge the potential strength of the USD. A lower inflation rate in the U.S. compared to the Philippines may contribute to a stronger USD.Government Policies: Shaping Economic StabilityGovernment decisions and economic policies, both domestic and international, have large impacts on exchange rates. Policies promoting economic stability, prudent fiscal management, and sound monetary measures contribute to a stronger currency. Staying informed about the policies of both the U.S. and the Philippines will allow you to gain an understanding of the economic health and help predict dips and rises in exchange rates. Trade Balances: A Global PerspectiveThe dynamics of global trade, including exports and imports, definitely impact currency values. A country with a trade surplus, exporting more than it imports, may see a stronger currency. It might be very tedious to stay up to date with trade imbalances between the U.S. and the Philippines, but doing so can serve as an indicator of potential exchange rate movements.Historical Data: Patterns and PredictionsAnalyzing historical USD to PHP exchange rate trends can reveal patterns and provide insights. While past performance doesn't guarantee future results, understanding how rates responded to similar economic, political, or social events can guide your decisions. Historical data offers a valuable tool for predicting potential movements in exchange rates.Practical Tips for Informed Money TransfersStay Informed: Regularly follow financial news and updates from both the U.S. and the Philippines to understand the broader economic context. Regularly read our blogs to stay up to date with all the major money transfer news. Utilize Reliable Tools: Use CompareRemit’s online comparison tool and email alerts to track real-time exchange rates, ensuring you get the best value for your money transfers.Seek Professional Advice: Consulting financial experts or using professional services can provide personalized insights tailored to your specific situation, enhancing your decision-making process.In conclusion, comprehending the factors influencing USD to PHP exchange rates empowers you to make informed decisions when sending money to the Philippines. By staying attuned to economic indicators, leveraging historical data, and adopting a proactive approach, you optimize your money transfers, securing a more stable financial future for your loved ones.

USD-PHP
How to Get the Best US Dollar to Philippine Peso Exchange Rate?

If you're planning to send money to the Philippines or simply want to know how to maximize the value of your US dollars when converting them to Philippine pesos, understanding the dynamics of the currency exchange market is essential.In this comprehensive guide, we discuss strategies and tips for getting the best US dollar to Philippine peso exchange rate.We'll cover topics like the dollar to Philippine peso rate today, historical trends, and the best ways to send money to the Philippines efficiently.Before we dive into strategies, let's learn the basics of exchange rates.Why Exchange Rate Matter When Sending the US Dollar to the Philippine Peso?The exchange rate is the value of one currency in terms of another currency. In this case, 1 Dollar to Philippine Peso (USD/PHP) represents how many Philippine pesos you can get in exchange for one US dollar.This exchange rate is influenced by various factors including economic conditions, geopolitical events, and even market sentiment to name a few.Since the exchange rate between two currencies is constantly fluctuating, driven by market forces of supply and demand, it is important to send your money when the exchange rate is working in your favor. In other words, you receive a greater amount of pesos for each dollar you exchange.Read more on exchange rates.Dollar to Philippine Peso Rate TodayAs you may already know, exchange rates fluctuate daily due to market forces. You can check the current exchange rate on financial news websites, currency converter apps, or by contacting your local bank.Keep in mind that different financial institutions may offer slightly different rates due to fees and commissions.The dollar to Philippine peso exchange rate on 9th September traded at 56.66. Over the last four weeks, USD/PHP lost 0.61%. Over the last 12 months, its price fell by 0.25%.As per Trading Economics' prediction, the US dollar to Philippine Peso is expected to trade at 57.17 by the end of this quarter and at 59.15 in one year.US Dollar to Philippine Peso HistoryReviewing the historical trends of the US Dollar to Philippine Peso (USD to PHP) exchange rate can be a valuable tool for anyone looking to make informed decisions about currency exchange.This historical data provides a window into how the exchange rate has behaved over time, which in turn can help you assess whether the current rate is favorable or not.You can find historical exchange rate data on financial websites and use it to identify patterns and trends.Once you've obtained historical data, take the time to analyze it. Look for trends, anomalies, and any factors that might have influenced rate fluctuations.Armed with this knowledge, you can make more informed decisions about when to exchange your US dollars for Philippine pesos, increasing your chances of getting a favorable rate.Why it is Important to be aware of the Exchange Rate Margins?To avoid paying high money transfer fees, it's important to be aware of the exchange rate margins imposed by banks and money transfer providers.While these entities use the mid-market rate (real exchange rate) when trading amongst themselves, they apply a markup to this rate when offering their services to customers. This markup, known as the exchange rate margin, represents the difference between the mid-market rate and the rate provided to consumers.Banks and money transfer providers generate revenue through this marked-up exchange rate and by charging transfer fees. Even a slight variation in the rate can result in significant costs when sending substantial sums of money.Depending on the chosen money transfer service and the amount of money being sent, these exchange rate margins can vary widely, ranging from as low as 0.01% to as high as 10% or more.To avoid these costs, you should seek providers with competitive exchange rates and transparent fee structures, ultimately ensuring that you get the most value when transferring money.Tips to Get the Best USD to PHP Exchange RateFind out the Real Exchange RatesStart by searching for the mid-market rate on Google or Reuters for the currency pairing you intend to use. Utilize any online currency conversion tool to convert US dollars to Philippine pesos.Understanding the mid-market rate will help you gauge the fairness of the exchange rate offered by your chosen service provider. The closer you are to the mid-market rate, the more funds your recipient will receive.Stay InformedKeep yourself updated with the latest financial news and events that might affect the exchange rate. Economic reports, political developments, and global market trends can all impact the value of the US dollar against the Philippine peso.Stay alert for fluctuations in the USD/PHP exchange rate. One advantage of the weaker PHP against the USD is that you can send more pesos to your family in the Philippines in exchange for your US dollars.Choose the Right TimeTiming is crucial when exchanging currency. While you can't predict market movements with certainty, you can track historical trends to identify periods of relative strength or weakness for the US dollar. Consider exchanging your money during favorable market conditions.Shop AroundExchange rates and fees offered by different banks and currency exchange providers can vary significantly. Don't hesitate to shop around and compare rates to find the best deal. Online currency converters and rate comparison tools such as CompareRemit can be especially helpful.Consider Online TransfersIf you're sending money to the Philippines, consider using online money transfer services. These platforms often offer competitive exchange rates and lower fees compared to traditional banks. Some popular options include Wise, Remitly, Instarem, and PandaRemit.Use Forward ContractsIf you have a specific future date for your currency exchange, consider using a forward contract. This allows you to lock in a favorable exchange rate in advance, protecting your money from future rate fluctuations.Avoid Airport KiosksAirport currency exchange kiosks are notorious for offering unfavorable rates. Try to avoid exchanging money at airports unless it's absolutely necessary.Best Way to Send Money to the PhilippinesSending money to the Philippines can be done through various methods, but choosing the best way involves considering factors like speed, cost, and convenience.Some popular ways to send money to the Philippines are:Bank Transfers: Many banks in the US offer international wire transfers to the Philippines, but they can be expensive due to fees and less competitive exchange rates. They may be ideal if you are sending a large sum of money.Cash Pickup: Money Transfer companies such as Western Union, Moneygram, and Ria offer cash pickups as a delivery option. Cash pickups stand out as the optimal choice during unexpected financial emergencies, ensuring quick access to needed funds. If your recipient prefers cash, consider services that allow for cash pickup at local agents in the Philippines.Online Money Transfer Services: Online money transfer services like Wise, Remitly, and other similar service providers offer competitive rates, lower fees, and fast transfers. They are often the preferred choice for sending money to the Philippines.Mobile wallet: Mobile wallets have become increasingly popular for sending money to the Philippines, with Gcash leading the way as a prime example. The mobile wallet option not only offers speed and ease but often comes with competitive currency exchange rates and low fees, making it a cheap and efficient choice for sending money to the Philippines.Cryptocurrency: Some people use cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin to send money internationally, as it can provide fast and potentially lower-cost transfers. However, this option may not be suitable for everyone due to its volatility and complexity.Frequently Asked QuestionsHow much is 1 dollar to Philippine peso?The exchange rate between the US dollar (USD) and the Philippine peso (PHP) can fluctuate daily based on market conditions. To find the current exchange rates, you can check financial news websites, use currency converter apps, or contact your local bank. As of 9th September, 1 USD equals 56.66 PHP.How to convert PHP to USD?To convert Philippine pesos (PHP) to US dollars (USD), you can visit a currency exchange service, a local bank, or use an online currency converter tool. Simply enter the amount in PHP, and it will provide you with the equivalent in USD.How to send money to the Philippines?There are several ways to send money to the Philippines: bank transfers, money transfer services, mobile wallets, etc. Refer to the blog for the details.What is the cheapest way to send money to the Philippines?The cheapest way to send money to the Philippines can vary depending on factors such as the amount you're sending, the exchange rate offered, and the fees involved.Generally, online money transfer services like Wise often offer competitive rates and lower fees compared to traditional banks and other transfer options. However, it's essential to compare rates and fees to find the cheapest option for your specific needs.How much does it cost to send money to the Philippines?The cost of sending money to the Philippines can vary widely depending on the service provider, the amount being sent, and the method of transfer.Some providers may charge a flat fee, while others may have a percentage-based fee. Additionally, exchange rate margins can impact the overall cost.To find out the exact cost, you should check with the specific service provider you plan to use, as fees and rates can change over time.ConclusionMaximizing the US dollar to Philippine peso currency exchange rates involves knowing how exchange rates work, staying informed, timing your currency exchange carefully, and selecting the right money transfer service. By following these tips and monitoring historical trends, you can enhance the value of your currency conversion.Keep in mind that exchange rates fluctuate, so adjusting your approach to current market conditions is essential. Whether sending money to family or handling international transactions, informed choices can lead to long-term savings.If you're looking for the best USD to PHP today, use CompareRemit to discover top remittance providers and the best dollar-to-Philippine pesos exchange rate!

Walmart2Walmart
How to: Walmart to Walmart Money Transfer

Whether you're sending funds to a family member in a different city, paying bills, or even assisting a friend in an emergency, the ability to send money efficiently is crucial.One popular and convenient option is the Walmart2Walmart money transfer service, which offers a low-cost, fast, and reliable way to send money across the U.S., including Puerto Rico and Mexico.In this guide, we'll explore how to use Walmart2Walmart money transfer powered by Ria money transfer, Western Union, and MoneyGram, all available through Walmart.We'll also cover how it works, the fees involved, and tips on getting the best deal possible and making a smooth transfer when using Walmart's money transfer services.What is Walmart2Walmart Money Transfer Service?Walmart2Walmart powered by Ria, is a person-to-person payment transfer service available through Walmart, one of the world's largest retail chains.Ria Financial Services which is a global money transfer company has partnered with the world's largest retailer to facilitate all Walmart2Walmart money transfers.It allows customers to send money from any Walmart store in the United States to any Walmart locations across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Mexico.The money transfer service was launched in 2014 to serve the unbanked population in the US. As of 2021, an estimated 4.5% of the U.S. population which is approximately 5.9 million were 'unbanked'.How Does Walmart2Walmart Money Transfer Work?The way Walmart to Walmart money transfer works is you have to visit any local Walmart store near you and initiate your transaction with the help of a store associate.You fund your transfer money using your debit or credit card. Once Walmart receives your money, it will take just a few minutes for the money to be available for the recipient to receive.Then to collect the funds, your friend or family member can visit one of any 4,500 Walmart stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico or any of the 2,500 Bodega Aurrera or Walmart locations in the U.S. and Mexico to pick up the cash you sent.Alternatively, you can skip the line at the local Walmart store and use Ria's website or the Walmart2Walmart app to make money transfers even more convenient.And if you already have a digital Ria account, you don't need to create a new account to use the app. You can use your Ria credentials to start using the Walmart2Walmart app.What are Walmart2Walmart Fees?  The Walmart2Walmart fees are straightforward and affordable. However, fees may vary depending on the transfer amount and receiving location. Check the exact fees before you make the transfer.Fees start at $4 for up to $50 transfer, $8 for transfers of $51-1,000, and range up to $16 for $1,000 to $2,500 transfers.Walmart to Walmart Transfer Limit and Transfer HoursThe Walmart2Walmart money transfers have a daily limit of $2,500 per person.The Walmart2Walmart money transfer hours are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.Do note that MoneyCenters open and close much earlier than Walmart store standard hours.How To Transfer Money Using Walmart2Walmart Using at a Walmart Store?Sending money using Walmart2Walmart in person at a store is quick and easy. Follow the following step-by-step guide to send money in Walmart stores:Step 1: Visit a Walmart StoreTo initiate a Walmart-to-Walmart money transfer, you'll need to visit a store near you. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, with you.The following IDs are accepted at Walmart:U.S. Driver's License, including Puerto RicoState ID, including Puerto RicoUnited States PassportInternational PassportMilitary IDU.S. Permanent Resident CardTribal IDMexican Matricula ConsularStep 2: Locate the Service DeskOnce inside the store, make your way to the Walmart Money Services Counter or the Customer Service Desk. Inform the store associate that you want to use Walmart2Walmart to send money. This is where you'll find the necessary forms and assistance to complete the transaction.Step 3: Provide Necessary InformationYou'll need to provide the following information to the Walmart associate:Your name and contact information.The recipient's name and contact information.The amount you wish to send.The location of the Walmart store where the recipient will pick up the money.Step 4: Pay for the TransferAfter providing the required information, you'll need to pay for the money transfer, including the service fee. Walmart offers transparent pricing, so you'll know the exact cost upfront. You can pay for your transfer with cash in US Dollars, or with a debit card or credit card.Step 5: Receive a Reference NumberOnce the transaction is complete, you'll receive a reference number. Be sure to keep this number safe, as the recipient needs to pick up the money.Step 6: Share the Reference Number with the RecipientShare the reference number and transfer details with the recipient, as they will need this information to collect the funds.Step 7: Confirm ReceiptOnce the recipient has picked up the money, you should confirm with them that the transfer is complete.That's it! You've successfully sent money using Walmart to Walmart.The money will be transferred to your recipient as early as 10 minutes for pickup if everything goes smoothly.If you are visiting the store for shopping and other needs, using the money transfer services while you are at the store can be a convenient option.How to Send Money Online Using the Walmart2Walmart?You can either use the Walmart2Walmart app or Ria's website to send money online.Create a new account or use your existing Ria credentials to log into the Walmart2Walmart mobile app.Add the recipient's full name, country, and state. Or choose an existing recipient, the one to whom you have sent money before.Choose a delivery option: cash pickup, mobile wallet, bank account deposit, or even home delivery (depending on the location)Enter the transfer amount. (Total cost including the transfer fee will be shown upfront)Pay for the transfer using cash in US Dollars, or enter a bank account or debit or credit card details.Walmart will take care of the rest.How to Receive Money Sent Through Walmart2Walmart?To receive the money transferred through Walmart2Walmart:Visit any Walmart or Bodega Aurrera storeGo to the Walmart Money Services Center or customer service deskShow a valid IDIf you received a barcode, provide it to the store associateCollect the cash from the associateThe transfer process is completed within 10 minutes from the moment the sender initiates the money transfer.The recipient has up to 60 days from the date of the transaction to collect the money. As per the Walmart return policy, the money transferred is returned to the sender if the money is not collected within the 60-day limit.If the sender opts to send money to your bank account or mobile wallet, you just have to wait for the money to get deposited.How to Track Your Walmart2Walmart Money Transfer?There are several ways to track your Walmart2Walmart money transfer:Track at your local Walmart MoneyCenter. The associate can track with the help of the sender's tracking number or order number.Track through the Walmart2Walmart mobile app using the tracking number. Click the Track link at the bottom of the screen to see the status of your transfer.Online at the Ria "Track a Transfer" section using the tracking numberCall the Ria customer support team (1-855-355-2144 or 1-877-443-1399)Send an email to [email protected] Money With MoneyGram and Western Union Through WalmartWalmart has also partnered with money transfer incumbents such as MoneyGram and Western Union to make money transfer more convenient both domestically and internationally.MoneyGramYou can send money from a Walmart store for cash pickup safely at a MoneyGram location anywhere in the US and Puerto Rico. MoneyGram also offers international money transfers through Walmart. The money you send with Walmart can be collected at any MoneyGram location across 200 countries worldwide. You also have to option to transfer via a bank account deposit, mobile wallet, and card payments where available.You can also pick up or receive money sent from any Western Union, Ria, or Moneygram agent location within the U.S. by going to your local Walmart with the reference or MTCN number provided by the sender.Western UnionSend money from a Walmart store for pickup at one of hundreds of thousands of Western Union agent locations throughout the US and Puerto Rico. The money is typically available within minutes for collection. For international money transfers, visit any Walmart store for cash pickup at a Western Union agent location in over 200 countries. The money can also be deposited to a bank account, cards, and mobile wallets (availability of delivery options can vary by destination country).Benefits of Using Walmart to Walmart Money TransferWalmart2Walmart offers seamless domestic money transfers within the US, Puerto Rico, and Mexico with the following benefits:Simplicity: Whether you visit a store or use the Walmart2Walmart mobile app, sending money is effortlessly straightforward.Speed: Transactions through Walmart to Walmart are typically processed quickly, allowing your recipient to access the funds promptly.Convenience: With over 4,500 Walmart locations across the US, finding a location to send or receive money is relatively easy.Widespread Access: Recipients can collect funds at over 4,500 Walmart branches in the US and Puerto Rico or over 2,500 Bodega Aurrera and Walmart locations in Mexico, ensuring easy access to their money.Security: Walmart2Walmart, powered by Ria, boasts a strong track record in domestic and international money transfers, guaranteeing the safety of your funds and personal informationLow Cost: Walmart offers competitive pricing for its money transfer service, making it an affordable choice for most customers.Tips for a Smooth Walmart-to-Walmart Money TransferTo ensure a seamless experience when using the Walmart to Walmart money transfer service, consider the following tips:Double-Check Information: Ensure all the details you provide, such as recipient information and the destination Walmart store, are accurate.Understand Fees: Familiarize yourself with the service fees associated with your chosen transfer option (Ria, Western Union, or MoneyGram).Keep Receipts: Retain all transaction receipts, including the reference number, until you confirm that the recipient has received the funds.Plan Ahead: Keep in mind that transactions may take a little time, so plan accordingly, especially if the recipient needs the funds urgently.Use Secure Channels: Only share the reference number with the intended recipient and ensure they are aware of the importance of keeping it confidential.Ask for Assistance: If you have any questions or encounter issues during the process, don't hesitate to ask Walmart associates for assistance. They are trained to help you with money transfers.Frequently Asked QuestionsCan you do a Walmart-to-Walmart money transfer online?Yes, you can send money through Walmart to Walmart online using their official website or mobile app.How does Walmart to Walmart money transfer work?Walmart to Walmart money transfer is a service that allows you to send money to someone domestically within the U.S., Puerto Rico, or Mexico. You can initiate the transfer by visiting a store and using their Money Services Center, or you can do it online through the Walmart2Walmart website or mobile app. You provide the recipient's name, location, and the amount you wish to send. The recipient can then pick up the funds at a Walmart store or participating location.How much is Walmart to Walmart money transfer?The fees for Walmart-to-Walmart money transfers vary depending on the amount you're sending. Fees start at $4 for up to $50 transfer, $8 for transfers of $51-1,000, and range up to $16 for $1,000 to $2,500 transfers.How to track Walmart to Walmart money transfers?To track a Walmart-to-Walmart money transfer, you can typically use the reference number or order number provided during the transaction. You can inquire about the transfer's status at the store where you initiated the transfer or contact Walmart's customer service for assistance.Can I cancel a Walmart-to-Walmart money transfer?It is possible to cancel a Walmart-to-Walmart money transfer, but the process and eligibility for cancellation may vary depending on the specific circumstances and Walmart's policies. You should contact Walmart's customer service or visit the store where you initiated the transfer as soon as possible to inquire about cancellation options.Is Walmart to Walmart safe?Walmart-to-Walmart money transfers are generally considered safe and secure. The service is powered by Ria, a well-established money transfer company with a strong reputation. However, it's essential to follow best practices for online and in-person money transfers, such as safeguarding your transaction details and only sending money to trusted recipients.ConclusionWhether you're helping out a friend, sending funds to a family member, or taking care of financial obligations, these services offer speed, reliability, and security. By following the simple steps outlined in this guide and considering the tips provided, you can make the most of these options for your money transfer needs. Remember, when it comes to transferring money, convenience and peace of mind are key, and Walmart's partnerships with these trusted providers deliver just that.There are numerous ways to send money internationally. We recommend taking a look at other options at your disposal as well.To find the best exchange rates, lowest fees, and fastest turnaround times for sending money online, check out CompareRemit's online money transfer comparison tool to choose a trusted remittance provider for your transaction today!

Download the CompareRemit App
Download the CompareRemit App
Personalize your CompareRemit experience with your preferred corridor and receive target exchange rate notifications, seamless transitions to partner apps, and real-time comparisons of top remittance providers at your fingertips.
Personalize your CompareRemit experience with your preferred corridor and receive target exchange rate notifications, seamless transitions to partner apps, and real-time comparisons of top remittance providers at your fingertips.

Get Listed or Advertise

Download Our Free App

Try our faster, enhanced mobile app for a better experience

CompareRemit App