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MARC Ratings publishes 2022 annual corporate default and ratings transition study

MARC Ratings today published its 2022 Annual Corporate Default and Ratings Transition Study which tracks corporate ratings assigned by the rating agency since its inception in 1996 through 2022. This is MARC Ratings’ 18th Annual Corporate Default and Ratings Transition Study. In 2022, MARC Ratings’ corporate portfolio recorded two rating downgrades and two upgrades. When …

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Local govvies mostly rallied, ringgit ended higher in November

In November, foreign outflows from the local bond market extended for the third consecutive month, albeit at a slower pace (RM1.0 billion; October: RM6.3 billion). Consequently, cumulative foreign flows YTD fell deeper into negative territory to RM8.9 billion. It is important to note, though, that the outflow was mainly attributed to redemptions of short-term government …

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Negative foreign flows with Malaysia bond selloff

In September, heavy selling pressure amid the global bond rout pushed local government bond yields higher across all maturities. Global financial markets were rattled by stubbornly high inflation, which spurred market expectation of more aggressive monetary tightening ahead after being flagged by major central banks. Because of the selloff, yields of Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) …

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Accelerated foreign outflows from bond market due in part to weak ringgit

In October, foreign investors net sold RM6.3 billion worth of local bonds by trimming their holdings to RM248.7 billion or equivalent to 13.3% (September: 13.7%) of total outstanding bonds. It was the second consecutive month of net foreign selling, though considerably larger compared with September’s RM439.0 million. As a result, cumulative foreign flows YTD dipped …

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Net foreign inflows in August amid easing of inflation fears

After two consecutive months of outflows, the local bond market recorded net foreign inflows as investors returned to emerging markets amid easing inflationary fears. In August, the local bond market logged net foreign inflows of RM5.6 billion (July: -RM3.5 billion). All segments registered net foreign inflows. Malaysian Government Securities (MGS) led with RM3.5 billion (July: …

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MARC Ratings upgrades 2022 GDP growth forecast to 6.5% despite consecutive OPR hikes

Today, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) announced its Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) decision to increase the overnight policy rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.50%. The hike, the third in as many MPC meetings, further rolls back part of the monetary support implemented during the worst of the COVID-19 crisis. After the pandemic emerged in …

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BNM to continue on a monetary tightening path amid foreign bond outflows, rising inflation risks and weakened ringgit

Posted Date: August 25, 2022 Local govvies mostly rallied in July, reflecting the movements in major government bond markets. Major government bond yields were lifted by stronger haven demand as concerns about a recession escalated after a recent stream of economic data, from the US to Europe, flashed signs of a slowing global economy. On …

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BNM to continue on a monetary tightening path amid foreign bond outflows, rising inflation risks and weakened ringgit

Local govvies mostly rallied in July, reflecting the movements in major government bond markets. Major government bond yields were lifted by stronger haven demand as concerns about a recession escalated after a recent stream of economic data, from the US to Europe, flashed signs of a slowing global economy. On the local front, encouraging government …

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