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MANULIFE Asset Management global chief economist Megan E. Greene foresees three key issues taking centre stage this year.
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit remains 7% to 8% undervalued against the US dollar from a valuation perspective, relative to Maybank Investment Bank Research’s fair value estimate of 3.80.
PETALING JAYA: The ringgit could weaken to as much as 4.4 against the US dollar this year before recovering in 2020, predicts UBS Investment Bank.
TOKYO: Asian stocks edged down on Wednesday on mounting signs of slowing global growth and anxiety over a yet-unresolved Sino-U.S. trade dispute.
PETALING JAYA: Malaysian government bond issuance is expected to increase by at least 2% this year, according to AmBank Research.
GLOBAL growth is expected to moderate in 2019 with risks skewed to the downside as investors attuned to the US-China trade war, uncertainty on China’s growth, the US Fed rate hike aggressiveness, global monetary policy tightening with central banks taking a step back from their long-standing market support from the very low interest rates for nearly a decade and emerging market debt noises.
PETALING JAYA: With 2018 set to be the year with the largest foreign outflows from the Malaysian bond market since 2008, bond analysts are adopting a cautious stance. Many are closely monitoring the move by central banks worldwide in terms of liquidity tightening and trade protectionism in the likes of the US-China trade spat amid geopolitical factors.
JAKARTA: Reserves down partly due to currency market intervention, as the rupiah continued to trade near its weakest in over 20 years.