Ringgit Malaysia rose to a new 14-year high of RM2.9432/USD 1 on last Wednesday, July 27. In the other words, Malaysian just needs to pay RM2.94 to buy US$ 1. The appreciation of ringgit is due to the stronger economic fundamentals and better economic growth prospect.
I believe that the value of ringgit would further increase. This is because the US debt compared to GDP was still rising despite the end of the QE II. Besides that, there is speculation that Bank Negara Malaysia will raise the overnight policy rate (OPR) to curb inflation also. This will strengthen our ringgit value in the next couple months.
While both the Singapore Dollar (SGD) and the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) had appreciated against the US Dollar recently, the Singapore Dollar had also outperformed the Malaysian Ringgit at the same time.
As of 21st June 2011, 1 SGD is trading at 2.46 MYR. This is close to the highest level seen in the past year. As we can see that the Singapore dollar has been on a steady moving upwards from its low in the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
The US dollar was one of the strongest currencies in the market with millions of people using them but however, they are now losing against Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore and etc.
Based on my personal analysis, the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) against the US Dollar is at its strongest in the beginning of April if compared with the previous months with it reaching MYR 3.21.