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13 May 2019

Thai Economy

KR-ECI Declined in April 2019 as Many Factors Affected Living Conditions of Thai Households

The KR-ECI and 3-month Expected KR-ECI slipped to 43.5 and 45.7 in April 2019 because households were more concerned about their living conditions, including income, employment, prices of goods and services, expenditures and debt. ...Read more

8 May 2019

Thai Economy

Survey on Economic Confidence after General Election Shows that Most Thais Do Not Change their Views on Thai Economy (Current Issue No.2989)

KResearch conducted a survey on the confidence of Thai households and entrepreneurs towards the Thai economy before and after the 2019 general election on March 25 and April 3, 2019. The poll shows that Thai households and entrepreneurs surveyed have changed their views towards the Thai economy after the general election, i.e., the number of those saying they had more confidence towards the Thai economy after the general election dropped when the second survey was conducted on them. Such respondents cited that future political situation may restrict their daily life. ...Read more

7 May 2019

Thai Economy

Parents in Bangkok Metropolitan Area are expected to spend around THB28.2 billion to get their children ready for school year 2019 (Current Issue No.2986)

During the back-to-school season, consumers with school-age children normally have higher expenditures associated with their children’s education. KResearch’s survey finds that over 54.2 percent of parents are concerned about the amount of their cash flow to spend during the 2019 semester; however, the rate is lower than the result from the last year’s survey. The sample groups are worried about their financial liquidity for many reasons, including insufficient savings, increased daily expenses, more expensive educational supplies, and the fact that some of these parents have more children attending school. It is worth noting that around five percent of respondents who are concerned about their finances said their main source of funds for their children’s education comes from loans and pledging their valuable items....Read more

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17 May 2019

Industry

Plant-based protein … Production opportunity responding to the health movement (Current Issue No.2994)

With the growing popularity of plant-based protein, consumer behavior has begun to change. They have reduced their intake of meat and shifted toward protein derived from non-meat food sources. Meanwhile, there is an emerging movement advocating the consumption of plant-based protein instead of meat because livestock activities cause greenhouse gas emission. Therefore, plant-based protein consumption is considered an environmental friendly trend. The new movement has reduced the demand for meat-based foods, while demand for protein-based foods is rising. Therefore, the trend presents an opportunity for bean farming, food processing and business related to nutritious foods with high protein content....Read more

15 May 2019

Industry

Asia Markets to Boost 2019 Export Growth of Thai Big Bikes to 10% Export Value of Small Big Bikes to Overtake Large Big Bikes in 3 Years (Current Issue No.2993)

The domestic and export markets of Thai motorcycles have become saturated. However, the outlook for domestic sales and exports of big bikes remains promising. This has steadily attracted the world’s major big bike makers to invest in Thailand, making us one of the leading big bike manufacturing and exporting nations....Read more

10 May 2019

Industry

Demand for EV sensors in 5 years will reach 30 million units, surging around 58 percent annually (Current Issue No.2992)

KResearch expects that the demand for sensors, which are essential components for the automotive manufacturing in Thailand, will steadily increase. Due to stricter environmental measures to curb carbon emissions, automakers have placed higher attention on environmental and safety systems in their new car models. Also, many car companies have increasingly used sensors in the production of electric vehicles (EVs). As a result, the volume of sensors used in vehicles has increased from 45 units per car on average 10 years ago to 60 units per car at the moment. The demand for sensors for car manufacturing is set to rise further in the future....Read more

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12 Apr 2019

Financial Institutions

Auto loan control measures …enhance long-term financial stability for businesses and borrowers (Current Issue No.2981)

The Bank of Thailand recently sent a warning about increasing risks associated with auto loans due to competitive tactics by some banks in collaboration with some auto companies and car dealers to approve loan amount beyond the collateral value. For example, they did not deduct the discount the customers received from the car price and/or set up higher sale price than the one marked by car companies to enable customers to underpay the down payment. In some cases, the customers are not required to pay down payment at all or they can even receive a cash-back when purchasing a car. These tactics have inflated the demands for cars beyond the fundamental factors, particularly the financial capacity of some customer groups. In 2018, the total car sales rose to 1.04 million units with outstanding hire purchase loans in financial institutions (excluding captive finance) increasing 12.6 percent to THB1.07 trillion, the highest growth rate in six years....Read more

12 Apr 2019

Financial Markets

The Baht rose and the SET rebounded late in the week.

The Baht pared gains later in the week. The Baht rose early in the week on foreign investors’ net buying orders of Thai stocks, while the US dollar fell on a weak US Factory Orders data for February. Later, the Baht pared gains on net foreign bond selling orders, as well as weak regional currencies, after the IMF cut its global growth forecast to 3.3% this year. The Baht rebounded late in the week in line with the Yuan on the back of a stronger-than-expected Chinese export data for March....Read more

5 Apr 2019

Financial Institutions

Reduction in Funds Transfer Fee via Digital Channels Continued to Pressure NIM of Thai Commercial Banks in 1Q19 (Current Issue No.2977)

The cancellation of funds transfer fee via digital channels was the main factor that continued to pressure operating results of Thai commercial banks during 1Q19. It is expected that their fees from other transactions, in particular insurance brokerage, management and advisory fees, may grow at a slower pace and they might not be able to compensate the missing fee revenues because the volume of funds transfers via digital channels is projected to accelerate....Read more