Title: The impact of exchange rate misalignment on portfolio inflows in Malaysia

Authors: Noor Zahirah Mohd Sidek, Mohammed B. Yusoff

Addresses: Faculty of Business Management, MARA University of Technology, P.O. Box 187, Kedah 08400, Malaysia. ' Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, P.O. Box 10, Kuala Lumpur 50728, Malaysia.

Abstract: The primary reason why exchange rate misalignment is of interest to economists lie with the notional premise that risks emanating from overvaluation may undermine the competitiveness of Malaysia as a destination for portfolio investment inflows. On the other hand, undervaluation should make her a more attractive host. This study presents an attempt to examine the impact of exchange rate misalignment on portfolio inflows in Malaysia. Results show that events of misalignment have a negative impact on portfolio inflows. Specifically, overvaluation has significant deterrent effect on portfolio inflows but the opposite could not be implied in the case of undervaluation. Therefore, exchange rate policies should be geared to keep the exchange rate in line with the economic fundamentals so as to avoid prolonged overvaluation.

Keywords: equilibrium exchange rates; exchange rate misalignment; portfolio inflows; Malaysia; portfolio investment; overvaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/AJFA.2010.034566

American Journal of Finance and Accounting, 2010 Vol.2 No.1, pp.33 - 52

Published online: 07 Aug 2010 *

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