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    Malaysia - Malaysian ringgit - Currency Guide


    Foreign exchange guide to Malaysia and the Malaysian ringgit (MYR)


    USD/MYR Trend (90-day)

    USD to MYR at 4.1540 is 0.8% below its 90-day average, range 4.1365-4.2400.

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/MYR trend and UP DOWN HIGH LOW alerts

    USD to MYR Currency Trend Chart

    General Currency Info - Malaysian ringgit

    The word ringgit is an obsolete term for "jagged" in Malay and was originally used to refer to the serrated edges of silver Spanish dollars which circulated widely in the area during the 16th and 17th century Portuguese colonial era.

    Between 1995 and 1997, the ringgit was trading as a free float currency at around 2.50 to the US dollar, but following the onset of the 1997 East Asian financial crisis, the ringgit witnessed major dips to under 3.80 to the dollar by the end of 1997 as a result of capital flight. During the first half of 1998, the currency fluctuated between 3.80 and 4.40 to the dollar, before Bank Negara Malaysia moved to peg the ringgit to the US dollar in September 1998, maintaining its 3.80 to the dollar value for almost seven years while remaining floated against other currencies. In addition, the ringgit was designated non-tradeable outside of Malaysia in 1998 to stem the flow of money out of the country.

    On 21 July 2005, Bank Negara announced the end of the peg to the US dollar immediately after China's announcement of the end of the renminbi peg to the US dollar. The ringgit would experience more acute plunges in its value since mid-2014 following the escalation of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal that raised allegations of political channeling of billions of ringgit to offshore accounts, and uncertainty from the 2015–16 Chinese stock market turbulence and the effects of the 2016 United States presidential election results.


    MYR Forecasts and Trends

    The Malaysian ringgit has fallen below 24 cents as a firmer US dollar kept Asian currencies subdued while escalating woes at indebted developer China Evergrande switched markets to safe haven mode. MYR Outlook

    US dollar to Malaysian ringgit - Historical Rates

    USD/MYR wasChangePeriod
    13 Oct 2021
    0.3% 2 Weeks
    29 Jul 2021
    2.1% 90 Days
    27 Oct 2020
    0.4% 1 Year
    28 Oct 2016
    1.2% 5 Years
    30 Oct 2011
    35.3% 10 Years
    01 Nov 2001
    9.2% 20 Years
    USD/MYR change over periods to 27-Oct-2021

    $10,000 USD
    RM41,555 MYR

    Converted at USD/MYR interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

    USD to MYR - Quick Amounts

    Sell USD   →   Buy MYR
    $ 1 RM 4.1555
    $ 5 RM 20.78
    $ 10 RM 41.56
    $ 20 RM 83.11
    $ 50 RM 207.78
    $ 100 RM 415.55
    $ 250 RM 1,039
    $ 500 RM 2,078
    $ 1,000 RM 4,156
    $ 2,000 RM 8,311
    $ 5,000 RM 20,778
    $ 10,000 RM 41,555
    $ 20,000 RM 83,110
    $ 50,000 RM 207,775
    $ 100,000 RM 415,550
    $ 0.2406 RM 1
    $ 1.2030 RM 5
    $ 2.4060 RM 10
    $ 4.8120 RM 20
    $ 12.03 RM 50
    $ 24.06 RM 100
    $ 60.15 RM 250
    $ 120.30 RM 500
    $ 240.60 RM 1,000
    $ 481.20 RM 2,000
    $ 1,203 RM 5,000
    $ 2,406 RM 10,000
    $ 4,812 RM 20,000
    $ 12,030 RM 50,000
    $ 24,060 RM 100,000

    More amounts


    Frequently Asked Questions


    What currency should I use in Malaysia?

    The domestic currency in Malaysia is the Malaysian ringgit.

    What is the Malaysian ringgit currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Malaysian ringgit is MYR — symbol is RM.

    Which countries use the Malaysian ringgit?

    It is the domestic currency in    Malaysia.

    Is the Malaysian ringgit a closed currency?

    No, the Malaysian ringgit is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


    Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Malaysia

    Travel money for Malaysia

    Save money and time by Ordering your Malaysian ringgit online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the MYR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

    Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

    For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Malaysian ringgit otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Send Money to Malaysia - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Malaysia you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

    The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

    You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

    Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Malaysia

    When sending money to Malaysia it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

    1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
    2. You specify the local or Malaysian ringgit amount you want to transfer
    3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
    4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted MYR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Malaysia.

    Use the above Send to Malaysian ringgit calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Malaysian ringgit deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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