Following Bank Negara decision to raise Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by 25 basis points to 2.5% last week, some banks in Malaysia start to revise up their Base Lending Rate (BLR) and Base Financing Rate (BFR).
This is the second time in 2010 that Malaysian have to bear the burden of higher interest rate. The first increase was implemented in March 2010.
Maybank, CIMB Bank, Public Bank, RHB Bank and Bank Islam have increased their BLR & BFR by 25 basis point to 6.05% from 5.80% previously. Other bank will follow suit.
If you like to invest your money in the most secure instrument, fixed deposit is one of the best choice. Bank Negara increased OPR rate early this year, so fixed deposit rate also on the raise. You may want to park in your money in fixed deposit if you believe in “Sell in May and Go Away” adage.
The table below shows the conventional fixed deposit rate as of May 2010. This table are no longer maintained. This table is no longer maintained. For the latest rate kindly browse this page.
With recent hike of Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Banks do not take a long time to raise BLR and BFR. The first bank to raise the BLR is Bank Simpanan Nasional.
BLR normally used in conventional loan package while BFR normally used in Islamic loan package. However, most of the time BLR & BFR figures are the same.
The table below show the latest BLR or BFR rate for most of banks in Malaysia as at 12th March 2010. This table is no longer maintained. The latest rates can be found on this page.
CIMB recently launched a new conventional structured product that may allow high-net worth investors to earn a fixed annualised return of 4.88 per cent, plus an equity style dividend. The product called CIMB Twin Yield Income Investment.
The product is for investor who look for a combination of safety, good regular income and potential further upside. The product yields two returns, from high cumulative fixed-income returns referenced to CIMB group’s “AA3” rated sub-ordinated note and variable equity based dividends from markets where CIMB group is well positioned in.