Peso and Ringgit Finally Flourish and Spur Equity Gains

  • Philippine shares reverse 2 quarters of outflows on tax reform
  • Oil prices, possible early election boost Malaysian equities

Better late than never. The Philippine peso and Malaysian ringgit have clambered aboard the Asian currency rally, advancing against the dollar and spurring flows into equity markets.

Global funds have poured $485 million into Malaysian stocks and $198 million into the Philippines since the end of March as the countries’ currencies strengthened 2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. That’s a dramatic turnaround considering both declined more than four percent in 2016 and hit decade lows this year.

The driving forces are slightly different. For the Philippines, investors are encouraged by tax reforms aimed at raising more than $3 billion in annual revenue to fund infrastructure spending. In Malaysia, the recovery in commodity prices has burnished the appeal of equities…

Peso and Ringgit Finally Flourish and Spur Equity Gains

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