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Financial Market & Institutions Analysis

13 Sep 2022

Financial Institutions

Digital Personal Loan … Lenders are in the early stage of learning and adjusting their businesses (Current Issue No.3343)

KResearch views that digital personal loan market, according to the Bank of Thailand’s guidelines on the use of alternative data for credit analysis in loan approval process, is likely to see “gradual growth” for 2022. As evidenced, digital personal loan outstanding is at approximately THB 7.92-8.5 ... Read more

8 Aug 2022

Financial Institutions

MPC meeting, August 10, 2022 Policy rate will likely be raised by 0.25% to 0.75% amid increased inflation pressure and brighter outlook for the Thai economy (Business Brief No.3977)

It is expected that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will raise its policy rate by 0.25 percent to 0.75 percent at the upcoming meeting. Amid increased inflationary pressure and steady recovery seen in the Thai economy, the MPC may gradually speed up its policy rate hikes ahead. ... Read more

26 Jul 2022

Financial Institutions

Outlook for Sustainable Finance (Current Issue No.3336)

Sustainable finance has seen rapid growth worldwide. In 2021, sustainability debt instruments were valued at USD 929,700 million, or 10x growth over the past five years, while sustainability loans amounted to USD 716,561 million, or 7x growth from 2018. ... Read more

15 Jul 2022

Financial Institutions

Thai commercial banks, 2H22: Supervision of fragile debtors needed as interest rates are set to increase (Current Issue No.3331)

We at KResearch assess that core business income of commercial banks in Thailand remained weak during 2Q22. Particularly, their non-interest income was pressured by murky economic conditions, while volatility in the capital market also hurt their investment portfolios. However, net interest income a... Read more

17 Jun 2022

Financial Institutions

Outlook for Used Car Loans 2022: Opportunity to grow on account of pricing, while rising sales volume limited by a decline in car auctions (Business Brief No.3975)

KResearch assesses that used car loans in the commercial banking system in 2022 are projected to rise to 5-7 percent of total used car loans, approximately THB 300 billion, thanks to the pricing factor as reflected by the Used Vehicle Price Index (UVPI) and intense competition among commercial banks... Read more

13 Jun 2022

Financial Institutions

Debenture market 2022: Growing amid upward trend in interest rates while issuance of long-term debentures set to reach THB1.10-1.20 trillion (Business Brief No.3972)

KResearch assesses that monetary policy tightening attempts by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) and other leading central banks in the West and Asia (with the exception of the People’s Bank of China and Bank of Japan) will become more consistent during 2H22. Central banks that are expected to raise thei... Read more

2 Jun 2022

Financial Institutions

Policy rate will likely be maintained at 0.50% as economy remains fragile, but policy rate hike may begin in 4Q22 (Business Brief No.3971)

It is expected that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will keep its policy rate steady at 0.50 percent at the upcoming MPC meeting, with the aim of supporting the economy that has yet to fully recover. However, the MPC will continue to experience more challenges in maintaining its accommodative mo... Read more

1 Apr 2022

Financial Institutions

Household debts set to drop to 86.5-88.5% of GDP in 2022, but financial positions of households will remain weak (Current Issue No.3318)

Outstanding debt of Thai households grew 3.9 percent in 2021, which was on par with that reported for 2020. Due to the slow economic growth, the household debt to GDP ratio in 2021 surged to 90.1 percent, against the 89.7 percent recorded for 2020. The high household debt to GDP ratio is one of the ... Read more

24 Mar 2022

Financial Institutions

Trend for auto title loan in 2022: Tapping into the low-end market (Business Brief No.3967)

Auto title loan saw high growth amid the COVID-19 crisis. The number of loan accounts increased by around 50 percent to 4.20 million accounts, with total outstanding loan rising 45 percent to a total of THB181 billion at the end of 2021, compared to the end of 2019. Meanwhile, non-performing loans ... Read more

24 Feb 2022

Financial Institutions

Outlook for life insurance business 2022: Opportunity to restore purchasing power in line with economic recovery (Current Issue No.3307)

Life insurance business saw a slight positive turn in 2021, after undergoing a contraction for two consecutive years. This growth can be attributed to increased sales of new insurance policies, particularly single-premium life insurance, while renewal year premium has shown no growth. ... Read more

30 Dec 2021

Financial Institutions

Households Become More Cautious in Assuming Debts Outstanding Household Debts Grew at Slower Rate in 3Q21 (Business Brief No.3961)

The latest report on household lending shows that Thai households continue to incur more debts, albeit at a slower pace in line with economic conditions that are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 3Q21, outstanding household debts stood at THB14.35 trillion, an increase of approximately 4.2... Read more

23 Dec 2021

Financial Institutions

Commercial Banking Business Set to Face Numerous Challenges amid Omicron in 2022 (Current Issue No.3293)

Uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 are resurfacing during the transition towards 2022 and will not only affect the pace of Thai economic recovery, but also the commercial banking business over the course of next year. If Thailand can effectively control the Omicron variant of COVID-19, commercial ba... Read more

5 Nov 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht and SET index fluctuated throughout the week

The Baht weakened against the US dollar during the first week of November. The Baht moved in line with foreign fund flows into the Thai stock and bond markets ahead of the FOMC meeting. However, it weakened later along other regional currencies, as the US dollar rebounded on strong US labor market r... Read more

5 Nov 2021

Financial Institutions

MPC Meeting, November 10, 2021: Policy rate likely to remain unchanged at 0.50% amid many positive economic factors (Business Brief No.3957)

KResearch assesses that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will keep its policy rate steady at 0.50 percent in the meeting slated for November 10, 2021, in light of positive economic factors that stem from Thailand’s reopening and continuous easing of lockdown measures. These have benefited the re... Read more

29 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened, while the SET dropped along with regional stock markets

The Baht moved in a volatile range but strengthened against the US Dollar. The Baht rose early in the week in line with net foreign bond buying orders, while the US Dollar lacked momentum after the US treasury yield slipped below 1.60%. However, the Baht weakened briefly around midweek in line with ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

Financial Institutions

Relaxation of LTV regulations to continue until end of 2022... real estate business and home loan will tend to grow, given further easing of COVID-19 (Current Issue No.3280)

On October 21, 2021, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) announced the relaxation of rules for home loan and top-up loan by temporarily lifting the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio to 100 percent, from now until the end of 2022. KResearch views that this relaxation of LTV regulations will help to increase homebuyer... Read more

21 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht traded in a narrow range while the SET rebounded before holidays

The Baht moved within a tight range but weakened slightly against the US dollar. The Baht fell on USD buying orders from importers, while the US dollar gained on the rising US treasury yields. The 10-year US bond yield hit a 5-month high of 1.67%. However, the Baht’s losses were capped somewhat by n... Read more

19 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened on Thailand’s reopening plan, while the SET dropped before the release of listed companies’ performance results

The Baht resumed the appreciation trend. It hit its highest level in 3 weeks ofTHB33.16/USD, supported by news that the Thai government would continue its reopening plan, plus net foreign stock and bond buying orders. Meanwhile, the US Dollar weakened in line with the decline in 10-year US treasury ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

Financial Institutions

Thai Banks, 3Q21: Net Profits Projected to Decline QoQ due to Impact of COVID-19 on Asset Quality (Business Brief No.3954)

KResearch expects that net profits of domestically-registered commercial banks will reach THB32.5-33.5 billion in 3Q21, declining from the THB57.2 billion reported for 2Q21 because the resurgence of COVID-19 in early 3Q21 may dent their core business income, particularly fees and service income, thu... Read more

8 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET surged in line with other stock markets

The Baht hit a new 4-year low of THB33.99/USD during the week of Oct 4-8. The Baht fell in line with other regional currencies, as the US dollar rose along with US treasury yields, boosted by stronger-than-expected US ISM Services Index, ADP employment and Jobless Claims reports. The US dollar also ... Read more

1 Oct 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht rebounded from a 4-year low while the SET dropped in line with other stock markets

The Baht hit a 4-year low of THB33.97/USD before rebounding somewhat later in the week. The Baht fell on USD-buying orders at the quarter-end and net foreign selling orders in the Thai bond market. Meanwhile, the US dollar rose along with expectations that the Fed would exit its extraordinarily easi... Read more

1 Oct 2021

Financial Institutions

Steady Growth Seen in 2Q21 Household Debt...More Retail Borrowers Participating in Financial Relief Measures Present Challenge in Accelerating Debt Restructuring (Current Issue No.3274)

According to the Bank of Thailand (BOT)’s latest report on loans extended to households in 2Q21, outstanding household debt increased to THB14.27 trillion, amounting to 89.3 percent of GDP. That figure represents a decline from the 90.6 percent of GDP, its highest in 18 years, reported for 1Q21, bec... Read more

28 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 4-year low before rebounding while the SET rose on purchases of bank shares

The Baht weakened on net foreign bond selling orders and tumbling risky assets amid concerns about the default of a Chinese property developer. Meanwhile, the US dollar gained after the Fed Chair signaled a taper of its bond-buying program in November while the new dot plot hinted that the US policy... Read more

23 Sep 2021

Financial Institutions

MPC Meeting, September 29, 2021: Policy rate likely to be maintained at 0.5% amid signs of improvement in the COVID-19 situation (Business Brief No.3951)

KResearch assesses that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will keep its policy rate at 0.50 percent during the meeting slated for September 29, 2021, following a decrease in the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the country. In its previous meeting in August 2021, the MPC voted 4 to 2 to maintain ... Read more

23 Sep 2021

Financial Institutions

The Baht weakens in response to Fed’s signals of QE Tapering around mid-2022 and Fed Funds Rate Hike (Business Brief No.3950)

At the latest Federal Open Market Committee meeting, September 21-22, 2021,the Federal Reserve (Fed) signaled that it would begin scaling back its asset purchases via the QE measure over the next several months. Concurrently, markets have assessed that there is a higher chance of a Fed Funds rate hi... Read more

22 Sep 2021

Financial Institutions

Higher demand for funds ...affects liquidity and bond yields (Current Issue No.3270)

Since August 2021, the upward trend of Thai bond yields has been one of the major issues that has drawn attention, even though the Bank of Thailand (BOT) still maintains its policy rate at a low level for 2021 and likely into 2022 amid the uncertainty surrounding economic recovery. There are several... Read more

17 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht broke the THB33.00/USD level, while the SET faced sell-offs at the end of the week

The Baht broke the THB33.00/USD level to hit the weakest level in 3 weeks at THB33.26/USD. A weaker Baht was in line with net foreign bond selling orders worth THB26.8 billion. The US dollar also rose along with the US bond yields, after strong US retail sales, NY Empire State Manufacturing and Phil... Read more

10 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht pared losses later in the week while the SET dropped but remained over 1,600 points

The Baht rose later in the week. The Baht weakened in line with net foreign stock and bond selling orders during the week while the US dollar rose as a safe-haven currency amid concerns about the global economic slowdown hit by the delta variant. However, the Baht pared those losses somewhat and reb... Read more

7 Sep 2021

Financial Institutions

Thai Investors’ views on Cryptocurrency Investment Trends (Current Issue No.3264)

Many new investors worldwide were rushing into the cryptocurrency market recently as it offered higher returns than other assets. Retail investors in Thailand were no exception as more of them have flocked to the cryptocurrency market to capture wide gains, though their numbers remain limited. Such ... Read more

6 Sep 2021

Financial Institutions

Assessing the economy based on the financial position of the Thai banking industry (Current Issue No.3263)

The COVID-19 crisis has persisted for almost two years, offering various parties a clearer perspective on multiple issues – whether these are the impacts that stemmed from the pandemic or existing problems in each sector that have been exacerbated by the ongoing outbreak. Many interesting points can... Read more

3 Sep 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened later in the week while the SET stood firmly over 1,600 points

 The Baht pared gains and weakened later in the week. The Baht rose early-to mid-week on net foreign stock and bond buying orders, while the US dollar faced sell-offs after the Fed Chair signaled that the Fed might taper its bond-buying program with no hurry to raise interest rates. The Baht pared ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET rose on hopes towards easing restrictions on economic activity

The Baht hit a 6-week high of THB32.61/USD. The Baht rose on technical-buying orders and position adjustments ahead of the Fed Chair’s speech at the Fed annual Jackson Hole symposium that market participants kept an eye on to assess a chance of QE tapering. The Baht also rose on net foreign stock an... Read more

23 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht moved within a tight range while the SET rose despite pressure from COVID-19 situation

The Baht moved within a narrow range. The Baht weakened early in the week amid concerns over the Thai economic outlook due to the impact of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. Later, the Baht rebounded briefly on position adjustments before the release of the FOMC meeting minutes. However, the Baht tum... Read more

13 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht remained weak while the SET was under pressure of the COVID-19 situation

The Baht remained weak, having hit a 3-year low of THB33.49/USD during the week. The Baht tumbled earlier in the week amid concerns about the domestic COVID-19 outbreak, while the US dollar rose on the Fed’s signal of a chance for QE tapering later this year. The Baht rebounded briefly on the US Dol... Read more

6 Aug 2021

Counting down to maximum deposit protection of THB 1 million...Thai financial system remains strong despite ongoing COVID-19 outbreak (Business Brief No.3944)

From August 11, 2021 onwards, Thai Baht deposits that are protected under the Deposit Protection Agency (DPA) Act will have a lower coverage limit of THB1 million per depositor per financial institution. KResearch perceives that the objective of this imminent decrease in deposit protection is to fos... Read more

6 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a near 3-year low while the SET pared all gains at the end of the week

The Baht hit a near 3-year low of THB33.39/USD. The Baht faced sell-offs amid the rising risk from the currently severe COVID-19 outbreak that is set to dampen the Thai economic outlook in 2021 and 2022. In addition, the US dollar was supported by a strong US Jobless Claims report and the Fed offici... Read more

2 Aug 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht and SET pressured by risks of COVID-19 at home

The Baht hit its lowest level in 15-1/2 months of THB32.99/USD before rebounding somewhat at the end of the week. The Baht weakened amid concerns towards the surging number of COVID-19 cases at home, placing intense pressure on Thailand’s healthcare system. Meanwhile, the Baht along with the yuan an... Read more

30 Jul 2021

Financial Institutions

MPC Meeting, August 4, 2021: Policy Rate Likely Maintained at 0.5% amid Increased Economic Risk (Business Brief No.3943)

KResearch assesses that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will likely keep its policy intact at 0.5 percent during the upcoming meeting scheduled for August 4, 2021 to support the Thai economic recovery amid increased risk, stemming from the Delta coronavirus (COVID-19) variant. This highly contag... Read more

29 Jul 2021

Financial Institutions

2Q21 Loans and Deposits Projected to Grow at Slower Pace, Reinforcing Signals of Economic Fragility (Business Brief No.3942)

According to summary statements of assets and liabilities (C.B. 1.1), net loans to customers and accrued interest receivables at 19 domestically registered commercial banks increased approximately THB78.4 billion MoM as of the end of June 2021. Given this, KResearch assesses that loans in the Thai c... Read more

27 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a new 15-month low, while the SET dropped on concerns over COVID-19 situation

The Baht hit a new 15-month low of THB32.94/USD. The Baht tumbled further as confirmed domestic COVID-19 cases continued to surge over 10,000 cases per day. The worsening COVID-19 situation has reinforced concerns about its impact on the path to Thailand’s economic recovery. Other Asian currencies w... Read more

16 Jul 2021

Financial Institutions

Bank Operating Performance 2Q21 Lower net profit compared to previous quarter; increased provisioning in anticipation of prolonged COVID-19 crisis (Business Brief No.3939)

KResearch expects that the overall performance of Thai commercial banks in 2Q21 may see an increase in net profit over-year since the economy was hit by the first wave of COVID-19 in 2Q20. However, net profit in 2Q21 may dip to a mere THB 34.8 billion, against the THB38.7 billion that was registered... Read more

16 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 15-month low, while the SET rose despite pressure from COVID-19

The Baht hit a 15-month low of THB32.80/USD towards the end of the week. The Baht traded within a narrow range earlier in the week, while the US dollar fell on a signal by the Fed Chairman that the Fed would not tighten its monetary policy in the immediate future despite a surge in inflation. Howeve... Read more

9 Jul 2021

Financial Institutions

Thai Baht continues to weaken… 2H21 trend hinge mainly on COVID-19 risks and Fed’s signal of monetary policy tightening (Business Brief No.3936)

The Baht has weakened rapidly amid heightened risks from the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which tends to be difficult to control as authorities grapple with COVID-19 variants. As a result, the Baht hit a 15-month low at THB 32.73 per USD (during the trading sessions on July 9, 2021). Meanwhi... Read more

9 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a near 15-month low, while the SET dropped on the worsening COVID-19 situation at home

The Baht faced sell-offs during the week of July 5-9. The Baht hit a near 15-month low of THB32.73/USD amid concerns about the domestic COVID-19 situation with a surge in covid cases. The protracted COVID-19 pandemic led to an implementation of the stricter control measures and dampened the economic... Read more

2 Jul 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a near 14-month low, while the SET faced sell-offs amid concerns towards COVID-19 situation

The Baht broke the THB32.00/USD level to hit THB32.27/USD, the weakest level in almost 14 months. The Baht tumbled on concerns about the domestic COVID-19 situation and data showing that Thailand’s current account balance posted a deficit for the seventh consecutive month. Meanwhile, the US dollar r... Read more

21 Jun 2021

Financial Institutions

MPC Meeting on June 23, 2021: Policy rate likely to be held at 0.5% and specific measures to reduce household debts expected to take priority (Business Brief No.3934)

KResearch expects that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will keep its policy rate on hold at 0.50 percent during the meeting slated for June 23, 2021, in order to support Thailand’s economic recovery amid low inflationary pressures. The Thai economy remains fraught with risks from the COVID-19 o... Read more

21 Jun 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht tumbled while the SET dropped below 1,600 points, pressured by numerous factors

The Baht hit a 13-month low of THB31.98/USD, before paring losses somewhat later in the week. The Baht weakened, as the US dollar rose on Fed officials’ remarks, signaling that the Fed might tighten its monetary policy sooner rather than later. The Baht fell further on concerns about the domestic CO... Read more

14 Jun 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET closed firmly above 1,600 points

The Baht strengthened against the US dollar. The Baht was supported by net foreign stock and bond buying orders and promising news regarding the mass vaccination rollout across the nation early in the week. Meanwhile, the US dollar continued to weaken in line with the declining of US bond yields (th... Read more

7 Jun 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened, while the SET closed above 1,600 points despite paring some gains at the end of the week

The Baht weakened later in the week. The Baht rose early in the week in line with most other regional currencies and net foreign buying-orders for Thai stocks and bonds. However, the Baht pared those gains and weakened later in the week. Meanwhile, stronger-than-expected US economic data, including ... Read more

28 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht edged higher, while the SET rose in line with other stock markets and on hopes towards rapid vaccination rollouts

The Baht edged stronger in line with the Yuan and most other regional currencies. It also gained on net foreign bond-buying orders and a stronger-than-expected Thai export data for April. Meanwhile, the US dollar was weighed down by remarks of the Fed officials signaling that the Fed would continue ... Read more

25 May 2021

Financial Institutions

Rising demand for liquidity in Thai financial system expected in 2021, in the wake of prolonged COVID-19 (Current Issue No.3225)

While the COVID-19 outbreak continues to ravage the country and further delays economic recovery, the Thai financial system will be flush with liquidity demand throughout 2021, thanks to fundraising efforts by the government – which are required to promote spending to support the economy. Concurrent... Read more

21 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht traded narrowly while the SET dropped on concerns over the COVID-19 situation at home

The Baht traded in a narrow range. The Baht fell slightly amid concerns about the COVID-19 situation at home, which is set to dampen the Thai economic outlook. Meanwhile, the US dollar rose after the FOMC minutes discussed the inflation outlook and a plan for adjusting the pace of asset purchases. H... Read more

14 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET dropped sharply on internal and external negative factors

The Baht weakened after rising briefly early in the week as the US dollar fell on a disappointing US Non-Farm Payrolls report. However, the Thai currency tumbled later on, while the US dollar strengthened along with the rising bond yields on the back of a stronger-than-expected US CPI data, triggeri... Read more

7 May 2021

Financial Institutions

Third COVID-19 outbreak boosts growth of mobile banking and e-wallet transactions (Current Issue No.3219)

The COVID-19 outbreak has been a key factor in boosting the growth of mobile banking and e-wallet transactions. A recent survey conducted by KResearch found that Thai consumers generally conduct around 19 funds transfers and/or payments for goods and services per week via mobile banking and e-wallet... Read more

7 May 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht traded in a narrow range while the SET rebounded at the end of the week

The Baht traded in a narrow range. The Baht rose slightly on position adjustment after the domestic financial markets reopened mid-week. It reversed those gains later amid concerns over the economic impacts from the third wave of COVID-19 at home. However, the Baht rebounded later in the week as the... Read more

30 Apr 2021

Financial Institutions

MPC meeting on May 5, 2021: Policy rate to be maintained at 0.5% amid heightened risk from new COVID-19 outbreak (Business Brief No.3928)

KResearch expects that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will keep its policy rate steady at 0.50 percent during the meeting scheduled for May 5, 2021 to support economic recovery amid this period of heightened uncertainty. This economic atmosphere stems from the new COVID-19 outbreak which remain... Read more

30 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET faced sell-offs at the end of the week

The Baht hit a 1-month high of THB31.135/USD after breaking the THB31.20/USD level later in the week. The Baht rose along with net foreign bond buying orders, while the US dollar face sell-offs on the back of the Fed’s easing monetary policy stance. The latest FOMC meeting signaled that the Fed woul... Read more

30 Apr 2021

Financial Institutions

Credit Card Loans, 2021: More Cardholders Make Minimum Payments due to Impact of COVID-19 (Current Issue No.3217)

The credit card business is one of the businesses that has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic because a credit card serves as a payment tool in lieu of cash, which means that credit card spending and credit card loans tend to decline whenever there is an economic downturn.... Read more

23 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET dropped towards the end of the week on concerns about COVID-19

The Baht hit the weakest level in a week at THB31.44/USD amid concerns about the third wave of COVID-19 at home, with the number of daily cases rising at an alarming rate. Meanwhile, the US dollar rose as a safe-haven currency later in the week after the US President Joe Biden proposed a plan to hik... Read more

22 Apr 2021

Financial Institutions

Consolidated financial statements of 9 banks in 1Q21 show a boost in net profit from reduced expenses and provisions (Current Issue No.3924)

KResearch has compiled major financial data from the consolidated financial statements of nine commercial banks and their subsidiaries for 1Q21. The latest data reveals that these commercial banks and their subsidiaries recorded a net profit of Baht 46.071 billion, or growth of 47.4 percent QoQ, c... Read more

16 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht strengthened while the SET rebounded somewhat at the end of the week despite over-week declines

The Baht regained strength towards the end of the week. The Baht hit a 6-month low of THB31.57/USD earlier in the week amid concerns about the third wave of COVID-19 at home as it has spread widely and could have adverse impacts on the Thai economic outlook. However, the Baht rebounded strongly on t... Read more

12 Apr 2021

Financial Institutions

Projected Bank Operating Performance 1Q21: new COVID-19 outbreak continues to raise uncertainties, despite higher profit than the previous quarter (Business Brief No.3921)

KResearch assesses that net profit of domestically-registered commercial banks (Thai banking system) may have inched up during 1Q21. While income from core businesses of commercial banks may have yet to fully recover due to the pandemic’s impact on economic activity across numerous Thai industries,... Read more

9 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht fell to a 6-month low, while the SET dropped over-week despite a rebound at the end of

The Baht hit a 6-month low of THB31.51/USD. The Baht fell along with other regional currencies early in the week, while the US dollar extended its gains on a stronger-than-expected US non-farm payrolls report for March that helped boost hopes for the US economic recovery. The Baht then fell to a 6-m... Read more

2 Apr 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht extended losses while the SET closed near 1,600 points

The Baht hit a 5-1/2 month low of THB31.40/USD. The Baht weakened, while the US dollar rose as a safe-haven currency amid concerns about media reports that a US-based hedge fund defaulted on margin calls. The US dollar also extended gains on the prospect of a strong US economic recovery, boosted by ... Read more

1 Apr 2021

Financial Institutions

Digital Banks: Challenges lie in adopting a format appropriate for the Thai context (Current Issue No.3205)

Currently, the trend for digital-only banks (or digital banks) is gaining a lot of traction. Numerous central banks across Asia including Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, to name but a few places, have issued digital banking licenses to applicants. These moves have been made in the hope of... Read more

1 Apr 2021

Financial Institutions

Persistently High Household Debt Seen in 2021 at 89-91% of GDP (Current Issue No.3204)

According to the Bank of Thailand (BOT)’s latest report on loans to household in 4Q20, household debt exceeded THB14 trillion as of the 2020 year-end, which is the highest ever recorded by the BOT in 18 years. This figure amounts to 89.3 percent of 2020 GDP. In terms of growth, outstanding household... Read more

26 Mar 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht hit a 4-1/2 month low before rebounding, while the SET surged at the end of the week

The Baht fell along other regional currencies, while the US dollar rose on positive US economic views given by the Fed chairman and Secretary of the Treasury, as well as a better-than-expected US jobless claims report. The Baht was also hit by weak export data for February. However, the Baht’s losse... Read more

25 Mar 2021

Financial Institutions

Nano-Finance Business, 2021: Recovery Inhibited by Risk and Economic Uncertainty (Current Issue No.3200)

Nano-finance under the supervision is referred to as retail loans for business purposes, which target individuals with no regular income, account statements with banks and assets prescribed as collateral. The nano-finance business contracted during 2019-2020 due to a number of factors. These include... Read more

23 Mar 2021

Financial Institutions

MPC Meeting, March 24, 2021: Policy Rate Will Likely Be Maintained at 0.5% while 2021 Growth Outlook to be Cut Slightly (Business Brief No.3917)

We at KResearch assess that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will likely keep its policy rate steady at 0.50 percent during the meeting scheduled for March 24, 2021 as the government has steadily implemented a series of economic stimulus measures with the aim of easing the impact of a new wave of... Read more

23 Mar 2021

Financial Institutions

Soft loan and asset warehousing… promising options for businesses seeking aid in times of great uncertainty (Current Issue No.3199)

The financial position of Thai businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), remains precarious amid the uncertainties that are hindering economic recovery. Revival of the economy remains subject to progress made in vaccinations, both domestically and internationally; as well as the ... Read more

17 Mar 2021

Financial Institutions

Rising Bond Yields to Increase Public and Private Sectors’ Interest Burden by around THB9.05-10.80 Billion in 2021 (Current Issue No.3197)

Yields on Thai government bonds (bond yields) have risen steadily since the beginning of 2021. For the 10-year Thai government bond, its yield surged to the highest level in two years and eight months, at 2.05 percent, so far this year. We at KResearch assess that the yield on the 10-year Thai gover... Read more

12 Mar 2021

Financial Markets

The Baht weakened while the SET rose along with other stock markets but pared gains somewhat at the end of the week

The Baht fell to a 4-month low of THB30.95/USD. The Baht weakened early in the week, as the US dollar rose along with the rising US bond yields, supported by the US stimulus measures. The Baht pared losses somewhat on the back of the correction in US bond yields and net foreign stock and bond buying... Read more