BNM Rate hike hopes support the Ringgit

KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit is expected to strengthen against major currencies following Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM)’s policy normalization, says foreign currency analyst Stephen Innes of Oanda in a research note from Singapore on Wednesday morning.

In the note, Innes says that “with the markets focus shifting to BNM policy normalization, this should favour the ringgit given the anticipated policy shift at the end of the month”

He, however, cautioned the market that this will, however, require a number of other contingencies and external factors as well.

“But to get through the 6.95% level before the BNM rate hike, it will require either an extension of the Euro rally to break through 1.23 (against the USD) or for the USD-Japanese Yen forex pair to fall convincingly below the 111.00 mark,” stressed Innes.

There is also the reminder that both the US Dollar and the Japanese Yen are still dominating the forex market currently. Innes says that “both currency pairs are steering FX markets right now”.

At 9am Wednesday, the local note opened at 3.9566/9568 against the greenback from 3.9540/9580 on Tuesday.

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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