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Could interest rate hikes lead to price adjustments?
PRICES HAVE TO COME DOWN IN ORDER TO AVOID SOURING INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY MARKET   While Bank Negara Malaysia’s move to raise interest rates is largely seen as unavoidable and necessary by most economists, there is also serious concern about how this may impact the property sector. Currently,... Read more
Interest rates go up!

Interest rates go up!

News January 25, 2018

BANK NEGARA RAISES OPR ON THE BACK OF ‘STRONG GROWTH MOMENTUM’ At the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting held today, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) decided to increase the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 3.25%. As such, the floor and ceiling rates of the corridor for... Read more
Bank Negara maintains OPR at 3% (for now)
Some called it wrong, some called it right, but inflation concerns persist and many wonder how long the overnight policy rate can remain unchanged. Although Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) decision to retain an OPR of 3% last week produced an audible sigh of relief among those who have already... Read more
Of Malaysia’s inflation and interest rates
BY Zoe Phoon News of the country’s escalating inflation rate and resulting (potential) rise in interest rates has put the market on the edge of its seat. The media is alight with commentaries and perspectives as experts scramble to explain, or make sense of, the latest seismic movement in... Read more
Alert! OPR rate hike on the cards
Market analysts foresee that the overnight policy rate (OPR) might go up by another 25 basis points (bps) before the end of the year. The latest to suggest that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) will consider this move is TA Securities Holdings Bhd, which said that the OPR will likely... Read more
That’s it for OPR cuts, says HSBC
Other than a possible additional 25-basis-point (bps) cut expected at the end of the year, there is limited scope for further Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) cuts beyond that, says HSBC Global Research. The research house pointed out that the market may have been hoping for more rate cuts down... Read more
Rate cuts won’t help much
BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar The interest rate cut following the reduction of the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR), though seems to be good news for house buyers, will not contribute much to the market as the real problem is not the interest rate but the lending liquidity. According to Kenanga... Read more
 Banks sluggish on rate change
BY Livian Lin KUALA LUMPUR – Although Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) overnight policy rate (OPR) reduction was warmly greeted by the general public, the real test of any positive impact lies in how quickly banks embrace the rate changes and aggressively promote the new rates. On this count, some... Read more
OPR reduction: is it really all good news?
  BY Roznah Abdul Jabbar  The recent cut on the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) to three per cent from the previous 3.25 per cent is said to be a boost to the consumer sentiment and property market, although not significantly. However, not all agree on the scope of its... Read more
Signs of life in the second half
BY Chris Prasad After a subdued first half of the year, there are now indications that the second half might see greater market activity, particularly from developers that have thus far been sitting on the sidelines. Also timely is Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) recent decision to cut the overnight... Read more