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Investors punished by selloff find rare haven in Malaysia assets

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Bloomberg3/11/2022 10:8 AM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Investors punished by selloff find rare haven in Malaysia assets
Malaysia is the only emerging Asian economy which runs an oil and gas trade surplus
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Investors looking for shelter from the upheaval in global markets are turning to Malaysia.

The exporter of oil and crude palm oil has seen its stocks, currency and bonds outperform most of their peers since the war in Ukraine broke out. Soaring commodity prices are expected to boost Malaysia’s coffers and enhance its current-account surplus.

The commodities boom is luring funds to the Southeast Asian nation, after sentiment was hit earlier by political turmoil and a widening fiscal deficit. The economy’s ability to attract inflows could help it weather the volatility fueled by rising interest rates in developed markets.

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