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Financial News: Your monthly mortgage and other loan repayments will increase

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Financial News: Your monthly mortgage and other loan repayments will increase

Surprise move maybe but this was what many people wanted (not me though)

I think this removes away the typical chatter that because there are potential for rates to move up in that one particular world currency, so people prefer to buy that currency and thus ringgit is under pressure all the time. I read this kind of analysis until I am numb now. By the way, exchange rate should just be mostly driven by trade and not all these specualative thoughts. You want speculation, you go invest into something else.

Currency speculation can ‘kill’ many innocent people. The country with HUGE trade deficits, why is their currency still appreciating? Yes the country exporting more, their currency depreciates so that the country buying it could BUY MORE at the expense of the country exporting it? The poor farmers who worked so hard and suddenly their earnings drop by 30 percent? Does this even make sense? I have no answer but do look at the stats and we should start to realise that the days of just one world currency is too dangerous to continue without any other options. Happy reading the full statement from Bank Negara Malaysia as below. My conclusion right after.

Media Release by Bank Negara Malaysia: (link to article here)

Monetary Policy Statement

At its meeting today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia decided to increase the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 3.00 percent. The ceiling and floor rates of the corridor of the OPR are correspondingly increased to 3.25 percent and 2.75 percent, respectively.

The global economy continues to be driven by resilient domestic demand supported by strong labour market conditions, and a stronger-than-expected rebound of China’s economy. Nevertheless, the global economy continues to be weighed down by elevated cost pressures and higher interest rates. Headline inflation continued to moderate, but core inflation has persisted above historical averages. For most central banks, the monetary policy stance is likely to remain tight. The growth outlook remains subject to downside risks, mainly from an escalation of geopolitical tensions, higher-than-anticipated inflation outturns, and a sharp tightening in financial market conditions including from further stress in the banking sector.

For the Malaysian economy, latest developments point towards further expansion in economic activity in the first quarter of 2023 after the strong performance in 2022. While exports are expected to moderate, growth in 2023 will be driven by domestic demand. Household spending remains resilient, underpinned by better labour market conditions as unemployment continues to decline to pre-pandemic levels. The pickup in tourist arrivals is expected to lift tourism-related activities. Further progress of multi-year infrastructure projects will support investment activity. Domestic financial conditions also remain conducive to financial intermediation, with no signs of excessive tightening affecting consumption and investment activities. Risks to the domestic growth outlook are relatively balanced. Upside risks mainly emanate from domestic factors such as stronger-than-expected tourism activity and implementation of projects including those from the re-tabled Budget 2023, while downside risks stem from weaker-than-expected global growth and more volatile global financial market conditions.

As expected, headline inflation trended lower in recent months on account of moderating cost factors. Both headline and core inflation are expected to moderate over the course of 2023, averaging between 2.8% – 3.8%. However, core inflation will remain at elevated levels amid firm demand conditions. Existing price controls and fuel subsidies will continue to partly contain the extent of upward pressures to inflation. The balance of risk to the inflation outlook is tilted to the upside and remains highly subject to any changes to domestic policy including on subsidies and price controls, financial market developments, as well as global commodity prices.

With the domestic growth prospects remaining resilient, the MPC judges that it is timely to further normalise the degree of monetary accommodation. With this decision, the MPC has withdrawn the monetary stimulus intended to address the COVID-19 crisis in promoting economic recovery. In light of the continued strength of the Malaysian economy, the MPC also recognises the need to ensure that the stance of monetary policy is appropriate to prevent the risk of future financial imbalances. At the current level, the monetary policy stance is slightly accommodative and remains supportive of the economy. The MPC will continue to ensure that the monetary policy stance remains consistent with the outlook of domestic inflation and growth.

Briefly, this is what it says with the rates moving upwards

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) says that it has decided to normalise the degree of monetary accommodation. Brifely, what this says is that the economy has started to move positively and the accommodative stance can now be slowly removed. I think this is a good overview of what is happening to the Malaysian economy. People are moving back into office versus just working at home in droves which meant that all those restaurants, food stalls would have more businesses instead of just a smaller group of business which one could find in the app or even just some simple meal if one is at home. Tourists are coming in as well which will boost the economy further. I know because I have been travelling frequently last year. From the days when I found KLIA to be rather empty to the days when I had to arrive much earlier so as not to be late for my flight. Amazing turnaround indeed.

— end of monetary policy statement —

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Charles Tan

Charles is Founder of He writes from his investment experience for the the past 20 years in investments including property, stock, unit trust and more as well as readings and conversations with many property gurus in the industry. is an independent property blog which is not affiliated to any media company, property developer or even real estate agencies.


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