Thursday, January 28, 2010
Malaysia may raise interest rates in the first half of the year
Malaysia may raise interest rates in H1: Citi
Malaysia may raise interest rates in the first half of the year, said Citigroup Inc, which brought forward its estimated timing of an increase from the fourth quarter, after the central bank said borrowing costs can’t be kept “too low.”
The central bank may boost the overnight policy rate by 25 basis points at the next policy meeting on March 4, followed by another 25 basis points on May 13, Citi said.
Meanwhile, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd says Malaysia’s central bank may raise interest rates “sooner than expected” following yesterday’s monetary policy statement by Bank Negara Malaysia.
The central bank’s overnight policy rate may start rising in the first half of this year from the current level of 2 per cent and reach 2.5 per cent by year-end, CIMB said. -- Bloomberg
利息要起价鸟，oh no. 有房贷的人要小心了。:'(