Malaysian Ringgit makes late session gains.

Kuala Lumpur
– The ringgit ended higher against the US dollar today on firmer buying interest in line with the uptrend of its regional peers, dealers said.

At 6 pm, the local unit stood at 4.2560/2600 against the greenback from Tuesday’s close of  4.2610/2640.

Senior Trader at Oanda, Stephen Innes, said the foreign exchange market was relatively quiet today ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) meeting later today, to be followed by a press conference by the US Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen.

However, Innes said, the market tone towards the ringgit remained positive and could be directly attributed to Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) measures to liberalise both bond and currency hedging rules.

“These actions reassured foreign bond holders that BNM is committed to providing liquidity for capital markets.

“While inflows still lag behind regional peers, local markets are gradually catching up with investors positioning for further ringgit strength,” Innes told Bernama.

The ringgit was traded mixed against a basket of major currencies.

It fell against the Singapore dollar to 3.0850/0890 from 3.0837/0867 and against the British pound it declined to 5.4230/4285 against the British pound from 5.4153/4200 on Tuesday.

The ringgit appreciated versus the yen to 3.8614/8653 from 3.8701/8739 yesterday and rose against the euro to 4.7688/4746 from 4.7749/4799. — Bernama
Kuala Lumpur Post

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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.
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