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Interest rate is up yeah. PAY higher and EARN higher. Good or bad?

Interest rate is up yeah. PAY higher and EARN higher.

There are two sides to a coin. Well, it’s the same as interest rate too. When it goes up, people who has fixed deposits will rejoice because they will earn a higher return on their savings. Well, at the same time, these same people will also have to pay higher loan repayments because the interest rate has risen. Perhaps the worst would be people without savings who could not earn a higher return but has to start paying higher monthly repayments every month. That’s not too good.

Recently, Bank Negara Malaysia has decided that the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) should rise by another 25 basis points. Now, it’s 2.25 percent. Do read their statement in full below. Source: Bank Negara Malaysia website

Monetary Policy Statement

Embargo : Not for publication or broadcast before 1500 on Wednesday, 6 July 2022
06 Jul 2022

At its meeting today, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of Bank Negara Malaysia decided to increase the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.25 percent. The ceiling and floor rates of the corridor of the OPR are correspondingly increased to 2.50 percent and 2.00 percent, respectively.

The reopening of the global economy and the improvement in labour market conditions continue to support the recovery of economic activity. However, these have been partly offset by the impact from rising cost pressures, the military conflict in Ukraine and strict containment measures in China. Inflationary pressures have continued to increase mainly due to elevated commodity prices and strong demand conditions, despite some easing in global supply chain conditions. Consequently, central banks are expected to continue adjusting their monetary policy settings, some at a faster pace, to reduce inflationary pressures. Going forward, the pace of global growth is expected to moderate, and will continue to be affected by the elevated cost pressures, conflict in Ukraine, global supply chain conditions, and financial market volatility.

For the Malaysian economy, economic activity continued to strengthen in recent months. Exports and retail spending indicators affirm the positive growth momentum, supported by the transition to endemicity. In the labour market, the unemployment rate declined further, with higher labour participation and improving income prospects. Looking ahead, while external demand is expected to moderate, weighed by headwinds to global growth, economic growth will be supported by firm domestic demand. Additionally, the reopening of international borders since 1 April 2022 would facilitate the recovery in tourism-related sectors. Investment activity and prospects continue to be supported by the realisation of multi-year projects. However, downside risks to growth continue to stem from a weaker-than-expected global growth, further escalation of geopolitical conflicts, and worsening supply chain disruptions.

Year-to-date, headline inflation has averaged 2.4%. While it is projected to remain within the 2.2% – 3.2% forecast range for the year, headline inflation may be higher in some months due mainly to the base effect from electricity prices. Underlying inflation, as measured by core inflation, is expected to average between 2.0% – 3.0% in 2022 as demand continues to improve amid the high-cost environment. Nevertheless, the extent of upward pressures on inflation will remain partly contained by existing price controls, fuel subsidies and the continued spare capacity in the economy. The inflation outlook continues to be subject to global commodity price developments, arising mainly from the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine and prolonged supply-related disruptions, as well as domestic policy measures.

Amid the positive growth prospects for the Malaysian economy, the MPC decided to further adjust the degree of monetary accommodation. This is consistent with the MPC’s view that the unprecedented conditions that necessitated a historically low OPR have continued to recede. At the current OPR level, the stance of monetary policy remains accommodative and supportive of economic growth. The MPC will continue to assess evolving conditions and their implications on the overall outlook to domestic inflation and growth. Any adjustments to the monetary policy settings going forward would be done in a measured and gradual manner, ensuring that monetary policy remains accommodative to support a sustainable economic growth in an environment of price stability. 

Bank Negara Malaysia
06 July 2022

Interest rate up also shows confidence yeah

We can read all the bad news and we can believe all of them. Just remember to take appropriate actions yeah, not just read, comment and then do nothing. I give you an example. People say economy will collapse… but they did not save all their money and be prepared but instead continued to spend their money buying things they do not need. Don’t believe me? Look at those comments and then look at the car sales numbers in Malaysia.

At the same time, we can also understand why BNM has increased the rates and we can also take appropriate actions too. This was what was mentioned in the article below. “Amid the positive growth prospects for the Malaysian economy…” Yes, one reason why BNM is able to continue increasing the rate is also because they believe the Malaysian economy is on the right track; growth track.

Happy deciding. No right no wrong. Just take the action based on what you believe. My belief? It’s in this article.

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