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BNM leaves policy rate unchanged in March

The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia opted to keep the overnight policy rate unchanged at 3.25% at its 5 March meeting. The rate has been kept steady at this level since January last year and the decision in March met market expectations.

The decision was taken in light of stable core inflation, which excludes certain types of fresh food and administered prices of goods and services and which currently highlights “sustained demand conditions”. In year-on-year terms, however, headline consumer prices dropped 0.7% in January, the latest month for which data is available. This drop was mainly linked to a steep drop in global oil prices.

Inflation is expected to remain low in the months ahead “due to policy measures” and the Bank accordingly changed its outlook on inflation. It now expects inflation to be “broadly stable” this year compared to last year; previously the Bank expected inflation to trend higher this year. The main risk to the headline inflation outlook stems from oil price movements. More importantly, the Bank expects core inflation “to be sustained, supported by the steady expansion in economic activity

Looking ahead, the majority of the FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panel expect the Bank Negara Malaysia to hold the overnight rate steady this year. Two panelists, however, see the Bank cutting its rate this year. Moreover, the Bank seemingly struck a slightly less dovish tone, adding that it recognized “that there are downside risks in the economic and financial environment” and that it would “continue to monitor and assess the balance of risks surrounding the outlook for domestic growth and inflation”.

The next monetary policy meeting is scheduled for 7 May.

Malaysia Interest Rate Forecast

FocusEconomics panelists expect the overnight policy rate to end 2019 at 3.25%. In 2020, panelists see the policy rate ending the year at 3.27%.

Malaysia - Interest Rate Data

2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  
Policy Interest Rate (%)3.00  3.25  3.25  3.00  3.00  

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Malaysia Interest Rate
Note: Overnight Policy Rate in %.
Source: Malaysia Central Bank.

Malaysia Facts

Bond Yield4.080.15 %Jan 30
Exchange Rate4.110.0 %Jan 30
Stock Market1,684-0.29 %Jan 30

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