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Foreign Exchange Guide to Malaysia

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In this guide we review :

  1. Malaysian ringgit info - general info about the Malaysian ringgit
  2. Malaysian ringgit in the markets - recent MYR moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Buying Malaysian ringgit cash online - travel money for Malaysia
  4. Sending money to Malaysia - save on Malaysian ringgit bank transfers to Malaysia
  5. Malaysian ringgit exchange rates - latest info & charts.

Malaysian ringgit (MYR) general currency information

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 the value since mid-2014 following the escalation of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal that raised allegations of political channeling of billions of ringgit to off-shore accounts, and uncertainty from the 2015–16 Chinese stock market turbulence and the effects of the 2016 United States presidential election results.

What is the Malaysian ringgit currency code and symbol?

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

Which countries use the Malaysian ringgit?

It is the domestic currency in Malaysia.

Malaysian ringgit (MYR) in the markets

The ringgit had a strong start to 2018. The currency climbed in early April to a 2-year high against the dollar (3.856), to an 11-month high against the euro (4.727) and to a 21-month high against the Australian dollar (2.957). At the time of this report, the ringgit was Asia’s second best performing currency of the year.

Investors will have to suffer greater volatility in ringgit markets in the second quarter, thinks the team at UOB, due to growing trade tensions between the US and China, which threatens the outlook of export-driven Asian economies like Malaysia. Any significant escalation of trade tensions might see investors sell the ringgit as they seek the relative safety of dollars, euros, yen and similar currencies. The ringgit will, however, be among the most resilient Asian currencies in the face of a trade war, says the bank, due to favourable domestic growth drivers.

UOB expects the ringgit to strengthen further by year-end to 3.8 per dollar.

The interactive chart below shows the MYR to USD exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

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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.

Travel Money Exchange Rates Compared

Buying MYR Cash with USD 1,000

 Travelex Online
RM3395.60 MYR (12.88%)
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Price Details
Receive: RM3395.60 MYR
Exchange Rate: 3.3956
(Inverse 1MYR=USD 0.2945)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 12.88% (from mid-rate: 3.8975)
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/MYR=3.3956 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Mon Apr 23 2018 07:00:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
RM3376.20 MYR (13.38%)
This is the average USD to MYR Buy Foreign Cash exchange rate from multiple banks, exchange kiosks and post-offices, available over the counter and via the internet.

Price Details
Receive: RM3376.20 MYR
Exchange Rate: 3.4103
(Inverse 1MYR=USD 0.2932)
Fees: USD 10 (1%)
Total Cost : 13.38% (from mid-rate: 3.8975)
Receive MYR RM19 less than with   Travelex Online
Amount of money that could be received by your currency exchange at rate USD/MYR=3.4103 and inclusive of the fee of USD 10 (1%).
Rates snapshot: 04/23/2018

Sending money 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 3 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.

By comparing the 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 in Malaysia and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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Compare Foreign Transfers

Sending USD 10,000 to MYR

 OFX (prev. USForex)
RM37,868 MYR (2.84%)
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Price Details
Receive: RM37,868 MYR
Exchange Rate: 3.7868
(Inverse 1MYR=USD 0.2641)
Fees: USD 0
Total Cost : 2.84% (from mid-rate: 3.8975)
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/MYR=3.7868 and inclusive of the fee of USD 0.
Rate timestamp : Mon Apr 23 2018 07:05:06 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Bank Rates - Average
RM36,791 MYR (5.6%)
This is the average USD to MYR International Transfer exchange rate and fees from multiple banks for FX rates available over the counter and also via Internet Banking.

Price Details
Receive: RM36,791 MYR
Exchange Rate: 3.6846
(Inverse 1MYR=USD 0.2714)
Fees: USD 15
Total Cost : 5.6% (from mid-rate: 3.8975)
Receive MYR RM1,077 less than with   OFX
This is the amount of money that could be received by your transfer at rate USD/MYR=3.6846 and inclusive of the fee of USD 15.

Malaysian ringgit - exchange rates

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