The Central Bank of Malaysia lowered its benchmark interest rate by 25 bps to 3.0 percent on May 7th 2019, as widely expected. It is the first rate cut since July 2016. Policymakers said that the decision is consistent with the monetary policy stance of supporting a steady growth path amid price stability and it is intended to preserve the degree of monetary accommodativeness. The Committee added that they will continue to monitor and assess the balance of risks surrounding the outlook for domestic growth and inflation. Policymakers also noted a moderated economy activity in the first quarter of the year and a rise in the inflation rate (0.2 percent in March from -0.4 percent in February). The annual inflation rate is projected to remain low mainly due to policy measures including price ceiling on domestic retail fuel prices and changes in consumption tax policy. Interest Rate in Malaysia averaged 3 percent from 2004 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3.50 percent in April of 2006 and a record low of 2 percent in February of 2009.

Interest Rate in Malaysia is expected to be 3.25 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Malaysia to stand at 3.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malaysia Interest Rate is projected to trend around 3.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-11-08 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
2019-01-24 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
2019-03-05 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 3.25%
2019-05-07 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3% 3.25% 3% 3.25%
2019-07-09 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision 3%
2019-09-12 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision
2019-11-05 07:00 AM Interest Rate Decision

Malaysia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged

The Central Bank of Malaysia left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on March 5th, 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers that the decision in consistent with the intended policy stance, amid a slowdown in external sector. For 2019, inflation is expected to be broadly stable compared to 2018. The Committee also noted that the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth and stable in labour market conditions. Private consumption will remain the main driver of growth, still the domestic economy continues to face downside risks stemming from any further escalation in trade tensions and commodity related shocks.

Statement by the Bank Negara Malaysia:

The Malaysian economy grew at a more moderate pace of 4.7% in 2018. Looking ahead, growth is expected to be sustained in 2019 with continued support from private sector spending. Stable labour market conditions and capacity expansion in key sectors will continue to drive household and capital spending. Support from the external sector is expected to soften, in tandem with the moderating global growth momentum. On balance, the baseline forecast is for the Malaysian economy to remain on a steady growth path. However, materialisation of downside risks from unresolved trade tensions, heightened uncertainties in the global and domestic environment, and prolonged weakness in the commodity-related sectors could further weigh on growth. 

Headline inflation in January 2019 was at -0.7%, due mainly to negative transport inflation at -7.8% arising from lower global oil prices.  Underlying inflation, as measured by core inflation[1] remained stable at 1.5% in January 2019 reflecting sustained demand conditions. In the immediate term, inflation is expected to remain low mainly due to policy measures. These include the lower price ceiling on domestic retail fuel prices until mid-2019 and the impact of the changes in consumption tax policy on headline inflation.  For 2019 as a whole, average headline inflation is expected to be broadly stable compared to 2018. The trajectory of headline inflation will continue to be dependent on global oil prices. Underlying inflation is expected to be sustained, supported by the steady expansion in economic activity and in the absence of strong demand pressures.

Central Bank of Malaysia l Chusnul Ch Manan |
3/5/2019 8:41:46 AM

Malaysia Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 3.00 3.25 3.50 2.00 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 97387.30 97658.77 101272.97 1000.20 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M1 427587.35 422238.70 428103.96 2032.50 MYR Million [+]
Interbank Rate 3.65 3.65 14.50 2.03 percent [+]
Money Supply M2 1865388.52 1855162.44 1871830.33 4122.30 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M3 1874511.52 1885045.40 1885045.40 8313.40 MYR Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 103005.46 104678.93 155165.30 20234.20 USD Million [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 2669878.22 2657519.06 2669878.22 1022141.27 MYR Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 1873851.60 1864845.14 1873851.60 289998.00 MYR Million [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 2.90 3.00 9.75 2.08 percent [+]
Cash Reserve Ratio 3.50 3.50 13.50 1.00 percent [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 453720.10 451070.83 506381.40 2220.90 MYR Million [+]

Malaysia Interest Rate

In Malaysia, the interest rate decisions are taken by The Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia). The official interest rate is the Overnight Policy Rate. This page provides - Malaysia Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Malaysia Interest Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
3.00 3.25 3.50 2.00 2004 - 2019 percent Daily

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