Asian Currencies bounce on buoyant risk sentiment

The IMF said emerging economies could face the double threat of rising protectionism as it could reduce demand for their exports, and that U.S. inflation and faster interest rate hikes could spark capital outflows, making it harder for them to service external debt.

Stephen Innes, a senior trader at OANDA, said in a note investors are likely to feed off a supportive environment for risk assets, which markets expect to continue following the second round of French elections on May 7.

However, he added traders will need to continue to grapple with the possibility of Trump headlines, which could disrupt confidence.


Chee Sing Lim of RHB Research said the ringgit is catching up with Monday’s relief rally following the French poll.

The currency was also helped by a rise in central bank reserves in mid-April.

Meanwhile, a conditional settlement deal between Malaysia’s state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd and Abu Dhabi state fund IPIC has also boosted sentiment



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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