Ringgit slides further versus US dollar

The local note, however, is traded higher against a basket of major currencies

THE ringgit continued to decline against the US dollar at the opening today as the dollar was supported by recent statements from the US Federal Reserve (Fed) chair Jerome Powell on taming the US’ inflation.

The US’ inflation is currently rising at its fastest pace in more than 40 years, a dealer said. 

At 9am, the local currency slipped to 4.6140/6155 against the greenback from yesterday’s closing of 4.6100/6120.

ActivTrades trader Dyogenes Rodrigues Diniz explained that one of the most effective ways to combat high inflation is to raise interest rates, which could have a negative impact on the economy.

“With higher interest rates, households are expected to spend less, thus reducing economic growth,” he said in a note today.

Meanwhile, the ringgit was traded higher against a basket of major currencies.

It went up further vis-a-vis the euro to 4.4165/4180 from 4.4321/4340 at yesterday’s closing, and appreciated against the Japanese yen to 3.1876/1890 from 3.1925/1941 previously.

The local note also rose versus the Singapore dollar to 3.2031/2045 from yesterday’s 3.2099/2117 and strengthened against the British pound to 4.9328/9344 from 4.9770/9791. — Bernama