Ringgit poised for further gains

OANDA Head of Trading for the Asia Pacific, Stephen Innes, anticipated the ringgit to maintain a gradual pace of appreciations next week, given the stronger comprehensive global growth outlook.

“We should expect a test of 3.85 for the ringgit-US dollar if the weaker US dollar narrative re-emerges early next week.

“Overall, the week comes to a favourable close for Malaysia’s capital markets with ringgit poised for further gains,” said Innes.

During the week, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) increased the overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 3.25 percent at its Monetary Policy Meeting on Thursday as it decided to normalise the degree of monetary accommodation amid the economy being firmly on a steady growth path.

The last time BNM changed its OPR was in July 2016 when it made a 25-basis-point cut.

On a Friday-to-Friday basis, the local note finished at 3.8690/8720 against the greenback, the level last seen in April 2016 from 3.9360/9400 the previous week.

The ringgit was, however, traded mostly higher against a basket of major currencies.

It rose against the Singapore dollar to 2.9607/9648 from 2.9820/9869 the previous week and appreciated against the yen to 3.5456/5490 from 3.5572/5617 last week.

The local unit went up against the euro to 4.8185/8234 from 4.8322/8387 last Friday. It, however, eased against the British pound to 5.5160/5222 from 5.4742/4801 last week.–BERNAMA

The New Straits Times via Bernama


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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