Ringgit should strengthen into year end

Fund inflows into ringgit-assets will help the local unit sustain its stronger exchange value, said currency analysts.

Oanda Corp Asia-Pacific head of trading Stephen Innes said the ringgit’s move to test the RM4.20 ( Revised to 4.10)  level against the US dollar is a significant appreciation as it represents the post-US election gap experienced in November last year, which caused Bank Negara Malaysia to intervene in the non-deliverable forward markets.

“It appears the bulls are coming out on mass supported by a decent carry, a stable to strong currency, the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) risk being in the rear-view mirror and Malaysia’s macro fundamentals looking solid,” Innes noted.

He told The Malaysian Reserve the “carry trade” refers to investors buying higher yielding riskier assets, with the yield-to-risk reward attractive on Malaysian bonds and the ringgit.

Newsflow on 1MDB is beginning to weigh less on markets as investors have mostly priced in the issue, with foreign investors now looking past it.

“Firming oil prices of late are also supporting the ringgit’s cause, while Bank of Canada’s rate hike put the reflation trade back on the burner and this is good for commodities,” he said.

Innes has a year-end target of RM4.20 (Revised to 4.15) providing the dovish US Federal Reserve (Fed) narrative plays out, with upside resistance now at the RM4.30 level.( Revised to 4.25)

The Malaysian Reserve


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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