Thai currency may continue to increase in 2018

With the endeavors of policy makers in the previous year, the bath has risen by nearly 10 percent against the USD. Should the Bank of Thailand seek to assuage US concerns and avoid a range of possible penalties this year, it would likely lead to gains for its currency, potentially reducing its export competitiveness. The bath of Thailand. (Photo: According to the National Statistical Office of Thailand, Thailand’s trade surplus with the US was estimated at USD 16.7 billion at the end of October 2017, and its current-account excess has been more than 10 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) as of September 2017. Thailand has passed the two percent intervention threshold and is one of the 16 countries cited by the US as running high trade surpluses with the US. Thailand is also among nations with the biggest percentage gains among Asian emerging markets in their foreign-exchange reserves last year. Source: VNA


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