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Malaysia: Rates on hold, tightening cycle likely over

Malaysia’s central bank (BNM) unexpectedly left its main policy rate unchanged  today (at 2.75%), but appeared to leave open the possibility of further rate hikes later in the year. However, with growth set to slow and inflationary pressures easing, we think today’s hold represents an end, rather than just a pause to the tightening cycle. 

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