Bank Negara Malaysia unexpectedly lowered its overnight policy rate by 25 bps to 2.75 percent during its January meeting, bringing borrowing costs to the lowest since May 2011, in an attempt to boost economic growth amid price stability. For 2020, growth is expected to gradually improve supported by resilient private spending and better export performance, while private investment is projected to remain modest. Meantime, inflation is expected to average higher but remain modest. The ceiling and floor rates of the corridor of the overnight policy rate trimmed to 3 percent and 2.50 percent, respectively. . Interest Rate in Malaysia averaged 3 percent from 2004 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 3.50 percent in April of 2006 and a record low of 2 percent in February of 2009. source: Central Bank of Malaysia

Interest Rate in Malaysia is expected to be 2.75 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Malaysia to stand at 2.75 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Malaysia Interest Rate is projected to trend around 3.50 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.


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Malaysia Interest Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.75 3.00 3.50 2.00 2004 - 2020 percent Daily



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-07-09 07:00 AM 3% 3% 3% 3%
2019-09-12 07:00 AM 3% 3% 3% 3%
2019-11-05 07:00 AM 3% 3% 3% 3%
2020-01-22 07:00 AM 2.75% 3% 3% 3%
2020-03-03 07:00 AM 2.75% 2.75%


News Stream
2019-11-05
Malaysia Keeps Interest Rate at 3%
Bank Negara Malaysia held its overnight policy rate at 3 percent during its November meeting, as expected, saying growth will continue to be supported by resilient private spending. Household consumption should be driven by stable employment and wage growth while private investment is projected to remain modest. Meantime, inflation is expected to continue hovering at low levels.

2019-09-12
Malaysia Holds Key Interest Rate at 3%
Bank Negara Malaysia held its overnight policy rate at 3 percent during its September meeting, saying growth will continue to be supported by resilient private spending, alongside stable labour market and wage growth. Meanwhile, inflation is expected to remain low.

2019-07-09
Malaysia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged
The Central Bank of Malaysia left its benchmark interest rate steady at 3 percent on July 9th 2019, after trimming it by 25 bps in the previous meeting, as widely expected. Policymakers said that the stance of monetary policy remains accommodative and supportive of economic activity. The Committee added that they will continue to monitor and assess the balance of risks surrounding the outlook for domestic growth and inflation.

2019-05-07
Malaysia Cuts Key Rate to 3.0%
The Central Bank of Malaysia lowered its benchmark interest rate by 25 bps to 3.0 percent on May 7th 2019, as widely expected. It is the first rate cut since July 2016. Policymakers said that the decision is consistent with the monetary policy stance of supporting a steady growth path amid price stability and it is intended to preserve the degree of monetary accommodativeness. The Committee added that they will continue to monitor and assess the balance of risks surrounding the outlook for domestic growth and inflation. Policymakers also noted a moderated economy activity in the first quarter of the year and a rise in the inflation rate (0.2 percent in March from -0.4 percent in February). The annual inflation rate is projected to remain low mainly due to policy measures including price ceiling on domestic retail fuel prices and changes in consumption tax policy.

2019-03-05
Malaysia Leaves Monetary Policy Unchanged
The Central Bank of Malaysia left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on March 5th, 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers said that the decision was consistent with the intended policy stance, amid a slowdown in external sector. For 2019, inflation is expected to be broadly stable compared to 2018. The Committee also noted that the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth and stable in labour market conditions. Private consumption will remain the main driver of growth, still the domestic economy continues to face downside risks stemming from any further escalation in trade tensions and commodity related shocks.

2019-01-24
Malaysia Holds Interest Rate Steady at 3.25%
The Central Bank of Malaysia kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 3.25 percent on January 24th, 2019, as widely expected. Policymakers that the decision in consistent with the intended policy stance and they will continue to monitor the balance of risks surrounding the inflation and domestic growth outlook. The Committee also noted that the economy maintains its underlying fundamental strength, with steady economic growth, low unemployment and a current account surplus. Private consumption will remain the main driver of growth, still the domestic economy continues to face downside risks stemming from any further escalation in trade tensions and commodity related shocks.


Malaysia Interest Rate
In Malaysia, the interest rate decisions are taken by The Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara Malaysia). The official interest rate is the Overnight Policy Rate.

Malaysia Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 2.75 3.00 3.50 2.00 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 100313.97 99074.08 101272.97 1000.20 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M1 438099.08 435746.98 438099.08 2032.50 MYR Million [+]
Interbank Rate 3.40 3.40 14.50 2.03 percent [+]
Money Supply M2 1923912.43 1922422.54 1923912.43 4122.30 MYR Million [+]
Money Supply M3 1934899.70 1934741.90 1934899.70 8313.40 MYR Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 105418.64 105494.49 155165.30 20234.20 USD Million [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 2773385.70 2764979.99 2773385.70 1022141.27 MYR Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 1960491.93 1948980.84 1960491.93 289998.00 MYR Million [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 3.10 2.90 9.75 2.08 percent [+]
Cash Reserve Ratio 3.00 3.50 13.50 1.00 percent [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 455360.39 458630.02 506381.40 2220.90 MYR Million [+]