EM Asia Under Pressure

The Malaysian currency led weekly losses in emerging Asia

with a 2.9 percent slump against the greenback so far this week.

That would be the largest weekly depreciation since late

September last year.

“A dangerous combination of extremes is likely amplifying

movements, as volatility expectations remain elevated, yet

liquidity is extremely weak,” said Stephen Innes, senior FX

trader for FX broker OANDA in Singapore.

“The fire alarm is sounding and I expect a mad dash for the

exits if we break the critical support 4.40-42 levels.”

Malaysia’s central bank demanded foreign banks sign

commitments to stop trading the currency in offshore markets,

Reuters reported on Wednesday, a move the broader market views

as a form of capital controls.


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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes
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