Malaysia Benchmark Rates Slashed to 3%

2018-05-01T11:26:26+08:00By |Banks, Government, Roundup|

BNM benchmark rate slashed from 3.25% to 3%; Base Rates; International Reserves; Bonds; Ringgit; EMEAP; (Updated Jul 15, 2016)


2nd policy meeting (12th overall) under new BNM Governor Muhammad Ibrahim’s helm today July 12th, 2016.

Malaysia’s Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) reduced 25 basis points to 3.00% upon announcement on Monetary Policy Statement on July 13th, 2016. Ceiling and floor rates for the OPR are correspondingly reduced to 3.25% and 2.75% respectively

This is in response to Brexit & to boost the domestic economy. This is the first rate slash since Feb 2009.


BNM Key Details

  • Governor (8th): Muhammad Ibrahim (eff. May 1st, 2016); Prev Deputy Governor; Replacing Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz
  • Deputy Governor:  En. Shaik Abdul Rasheed (eff. July 16th, 2016); Prev Asst Governor
  • Jul 1: East Asia Pacific central banks reinvest Asian Bond Funds closing USD denominated bond funds
    Objective: to support local-currency bond market development & diversify reserves management


Post OPR Updates

  • BNM says no plans for further cuts
  • Maybank cuts its base rate by 20bps from 3.20% to 3.00%
  • Property sector & REITS rise while banking stocks decline


Base Rates


BNM International Reserves

  • Jun 30: International reserves of BNM at RM390.4b (USD97.2b)
  • Decline in reserves level mainly due to quarterly adjustment for forex revaluation
  • Reserves sufficient to finance 8.1mths retained imports & is 1.2x short-term external debt


Bond & Sukuk

  • 1H16: Maybank becomes #1 bond & sukuk market shareholder (Prev RHB)
  • #1: Maybank: 26.1%
  • #2: CIMB: 25.0%
  • #3: AmInvest: 17.6%
  • #4: RHB: 17.2%
  • #5: Kenanga Investment Bank: 3.4%
  • #6: Public Investment Bank: 3.3% (Prev #14)



  • Jul 11: USD to MYR at 3.979
  • 1 week high: 4.063
  • 1 mth high: 4.099
  • 3 mth high: 4.152
  • 6 mth high: 4.420
  • 1 yr high: 4.456


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