Ringgit ends slightly lower ahead of US interest-rate decision

THE ringgit ended marginally lower against the US dollar today as the greenback strengthened against major currencies on the expectation that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will raise interest rates by 75 basis points (bps) later in the day in the US, dealers said.

At 6pm, the local note fell to 4.7360/7400 against the US dollar from yesterday’s close of 4.7345/7375.

SPI Asset Management managing director Stephen Innes said although a 75bps hike from the Fed has been priced in, investors are reluctant to buy the ringgit until they are sure another 75bps increase would be ruled out for December.

“For the ringgit to strengthen, however, it requires the pricing out of a 75bps hike in December, leaving the Nov 10 US consumer price index data as a potential trigger (for that to happen).

“In addition, traders are starting to worry about regional credit markets, which could add another layer of negativity to the beleaguered ringgit,” he told Bernama.

Meanwhile, the ringgit was traded mostly higher against a basket of major currencies, except the Japanese yen. 

The local note appreciated against the euro to 4.6910/6950 from 4.7033/7062 at Tuesday’s close, improved vis-a-vis the Singapore dollar to 3.3551/3584 from 3.3571/3595, and went up versus the British pound to 5.4445/4491 from 5.4608/4642.

However, it dropped against the Japanese yen at 3.2185/2214 from 3.2107/2130 yesterday. — Bernama/pic by Muhd Amin Naharul