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    Ringgit opens higher against greenback as US GDP contracts

    THE STAR – The Malaysian ringgit advanced against the US dollar at the opening today amidst weaker United States’ (US) treasury yields following the economic contraction in the country during the second quarter of 2022.

    At 9.02am, the local currency rose to 4.4485/4520 versus the greenback from Thursday’s close of 4.4515/4550.

    SPI Asset Management managing partner Stephen Innes said the ongoing global recession concerns could keep Asian currencies – including the ringgit – grounded. “While the fall in the US yields is positive for the ringgit, the fall was due to the economic slowdown in the US,” he told Bernama.

    Meanwhile, the local currency fell against the Singapore dollar to 3.2240/2270 from Thursday’s close of 3.2192/2222 and depreciated versus the Japanese yen to 3.3084/3113 from 3.2865/2893.

    It also fell against the euro to 4.5366/5401 from 4.5196/5232 yesterday and declined versus the British pound to 5.4160/4203 from 5.4001/4044 previously.

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