Is KLCI Running Ahead Of The Ringgit?

One possible global macro tenet that relates to currency, equity and capital flows is that when the performance of equity markets continue to rise, it will attract foreign money flow and capital flows in turn strengthen the currency. Another possible permutation is that future expectation of a depreciating currency will contribute to capital outflow from the capital markets, which in turn will lead to an overall decline in the equity market.

The following graph shows the positive relationship between USDMYR and KLCI from 1 Jan 2015 till present:

KLCI vs USD.png

As shown above, when Ringgit depreciates, the KLCI will fall and vice versa. The following graph depicts a clearer positive relationship between KLCI and Ringgit from a return perspective (since 1 Jan 2015). Nevertheless, are we seeing a possible divergence in the relationship between KLCI and Ringgit, whereby the KLCI has risen way ahead of the movement in Ringgit?

Return Comparison_Updated.png

Given the recent low level volatility in the Ringgit, the KLCI appears to have run ahead of the Ringgit. As per the regression analysis, the actual index value of KLCI of 1,772 is relatively higher than the predicted value of 1,692 (as per regression analysis). It is imperative to highlight that the relationship between KLCI and Ringgit is relatively low at R-squared of ~0.24 (which may be attributable to the divergence).

Regression & Forecast

KLCI forecast

 

Forex News: KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 17): Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) measures taken are bearing fruit in terms of stabilising the foreign exchange market so far. The exchange rate volatility has declined with average ringgit intraday movement narrowing to around 61 points from an average of 82 points in December last year, according to the central  bank.

MYR_VOL.png

 

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Author: Ken Utau

Data Scientist, Markets Analyst and Food Lover

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