MYR Market Outlook
26-February-2019: The period between April and November 2018 was a tough one for the ringgit, as it lost value against the dollar on a near-weekly basis. Fortunately, losses in that period only amounted to 8 percent and only took the currency to a 1-year low of RM4.2 — it could have been much worse.
Since then, the ringgit has turned a corner; in late February it was trading at RM4.06, near 6-month highs.
Among factors contributing to the ringgit’s weakness over the past year has been political uncertainty relating to Malaysia's ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, late-2018’s crash in oil prices, global trade tensions and higher US interest rates. There are positive factors though.
"With good GDP data and strong economic fundamentals coupled with positive external factors, I believe the ringgit can go higher to RM4.02 [per USD]," a dealer said in February.
The team at TradingEconomics.com believes the ringgit weakens to RM4.14 by year-end.
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Singapore dollar Market Outlook
22-February-2019: 2018 was a steady year for the Singapore dollar: on balance it gained value, but it did lose out slightly against the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar.
2019 has begun reasonably well. Entering the final week of February, SGD was a percent higher year-to-date versus USD, but at US$0.74 was in line with its 2018 average rate. SGD was 2 percent higher year-to-date against EUR at a 9-month closing high of €0.653 — 4 percent higher than 2018’s average.
Against AUD, in February, SGD was unchanged year-to-date but was 4.5 percent higher than last year's average, at A$1.038. During a flash crash on January 3rd, SGD/AUD briefly traded at a 10-year high of A$1.088.
With Singapore being a small, trade-dependent country, prime risks to SGD for 2019 include the re-emergence of trade tensions between China and the US, and/or a serious global economic slowdown.
Traders, though, were happy to bet against the above risks and on SGD appreciation at the time of this report: a Reuters survey in February showed “long” SGD positions among bank traders rising to the highest level in 10 months.
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Australian dollar Market Outlook
Following a flash crash in early January, which saw the Australian dollar briefly trade at a 10-year low of $0.674, the Aussie recovered to $0.73, but then, as it had done before the flash crash, it commenced with a slow and steady decline, and it was back at $0.705 in mid-March and was predicted to fall further.
In February, HSBC predicted a year-end AUD/USD rate of $0.66. In March, Westpac and JP Morgan were slightly more upbeat and argued for $0.68.
Fuelling lower exchange rate forecasts is the Australian economic story, for which major themes include a housing market slump, Chinese growth and the US-China trade spat. The RBA slashed growth forecasts in February and markets are now pricing in 1-2 interest rate cuts this year.
Another Aussie exchange rate worth mentioning is AUD/GBP, which sank in mid-March to its lowest level in nearly 3 years, at just £0.53. The Australian dollar has been unable to compete with the pound of late, since the latter benefits every time the British government fails to make a decision on how to deliver Brexit (every time Brexit appears less likely or to be delayed).
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