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Market Watch
Close of
January 22, 2021
Change From
Govt. Bond Yields Latest Yield Previous Day Previous Week YTD
2 Year 1.813 ▲ 2.4 ▲ 10.0 1.2
5 Year 2.073 ▲ 1.8 ▲ 5.9 4.6
10 Year 2.720 ▲ 0.6 ▲ 8.4 ▲ 6.9

* Government bond yield changes are expressed in basis points.

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Currencies Latest Rate Previous Day Previous Week YTD
MYR per USD 4.043 0.4 0.2 0.6
MYR per JPY 0.039 0.1 0.2 0.1

* Exchange rate changes are expressed as a percentage change.

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Interest Rates Latest Rate Previous Day Previous Week YTD
1D KLIBOR 1.750 ▲ 4.0     0.0     0.0
3M KLIBOR 1.940     0.0     0.0     0.0

* Interest rate changes are expressed in basis point change.

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Policy Rates
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Policy Rates Latest Rate
Previous Rate
Overnight Policy Rate 1.750     0.0     0.0

* Policy rate changes are expressed in basis point change.

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Sovereign Ratings
Agency Rating Outlook Date
Regional Rating Institutions
R&I A+ S 2020-01-29
RAM gA2 S 2020-01-16
Non-Regional Rating Institutions
Fitch BBB+ S 2020-12-05
S&P A- N 2020-06-29

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  • Size of LCY Bond Market
  • Size of LCY Bond Market in % of GDP
  • Monthly Bonds Outstanding in USD
  • FCY Bonds Outstanding
  • Breakdown of LCY Bond Market Issuance
  • G3 Currency Bond Issuance
  • Government Securities Maturity Profile - LCY
  • Corporate Securities Maturity Profile - LCY
  • Investor Profile - Government Bonds
  • Foreign Holdings in LCY Government Bonds
  • Trading Volume
  • Bonds Turnover Ratio
  • Interest Rate Spread - 2yrs vs 10yrs - LCY Bond
  • Yield Volatility - 10yr LCY Bonds
  • Credit Spread - LCY Corp. Bonds vs Govt. Bonds
  • Bid-Ask Spreads (Survey data)
  • Government Bond Market Structural Issues
  • Corporate Bond Market Structural Issues

ASEAN+3 Bond Market Guide 2016: Malaysia

ASEAN+3 Bond Market Guide is a comprehensive explanation of the region's bond markets. It provides various information such as the history, legal and regulatory framework, speciic characteristics of the market, trading and transaction including settlement systems, and other relevant information. The Bond Market Guide 2016 for Malaysia is an outcome of the strong support and kind contributions of ASEAN+3 Bond Market Forum members and experts, particularly from Malaysia. The report should be recognized as a collective good to support bond market development among ASEAN+3 members. View Report

ASEAN+3 Multi-Currency Bond Issuance Framework

Implementation Guidelines for Malaysia
August 2015

The ASEAN+3 Multi-Currency Bond Issuance Framework (AMBIF) Implementation Guidelines for Malaysia are provided to review the AMBIF Elements and detail the corresponding featur​es of Malaysia market in relation to each element.

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Market Summary

Yield Movements

Movement in Malaysia's local currency (LCY) government bond yield curve was mixed between 31 August and 30 October. Yields at the tail of the curve (from 1 month to 6 years) decreased an average of 10 basis points (bps) while yields of longer-term tenors (from 7 years to 30 years) increased an average of 2 bps. The downward movement of the curve was driven by the effects of Bank Negara Malaysia's (BNM) overnight policy rate cuts and by demand from foreign investors after Malaysia's debt securities were given a higher weight in JP Morgan's Government Bond Index-Emerging Market Index. On the other hand, the jump in yields reflect investors' flight to safety as the trajectory of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to be uncertain. The yield spread between 2-year and 10-year government bonds expanded from 84 bps to 96 bps during the review period.

Size and Composition

The LCY bond market of Malaysia expanded 1.9% quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) in the third quarter of 2020, reaching a size of MYR1,583.7 billion (USD381.0 billion), supported by expansions in LCY government and corporate bonds. The LCY government bond market grew 2.3% q-o-q as outstanding central government bonds increased. Meanwhile, LCY corporate bonds outstanding jumped 1.3% q-o-q. Total outstanding Islamic bonds at the end of the review period grew 1.7% q-o-q.

Policy, Institutional and Regulatory Developments

On 24 September, FTSE Russell kept Malaysia in its FTSE Russell Fixed Income Watch List for possible exclusion in its FTSE World Government Bond Index. In its review, however, FTSE Russell lauded BNM's regulatory reforms in enhancing market liquidity and foreign investors' access to its financial market. The index provider will continue to monitor if the effects of BNM's policies translate to more operational efficiency and better access to international financial market participants.

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