Thai economy not going to grow rapidly. ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) said the Thai economy is not going to grow rapidly since private investment has not recovered. Household debt and SME NPLs continue to rise, pressuring GDP growth down. (Thai Post, 13/6/17) Package to promote SEZ to be proposed to cabinet on June […]

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And the zig zagness of the market continues, I normally like this period between mid May and mid August because its 3 month’s of zero corporate earnings and it’s a good time to recheck holdings and to see if new ideas are worth adding into a portfolio.

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Income from government infrastructure to be taxed. The Ministry of Finance plans to tax income from parties who generate income from government infrastructure projects. It will open discussion before proposing this to cabinet. Those with revenue higher than Bt50mn are expected to pay this tax. (Thai Post, 2/6/17) BoT eases up on forex regulations. The […]

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The reversal from last year on a sector basis is still comfortably under way. Interesting to see that the automotive sector has somewhat recovered from its doldrums from the post-yingluck government first car buyer scheme. But we are still seeing tonnes of inventory sitting around the world/region/country that has worried for this sector.

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Interest rates to stay at ‘extraordinary’ low levels, says Draghi. Interest rates have to stay at record low levels despite the resurgence in the eurozone economy because the upturn may not be sustainable, Mario Draghi told MEPs. “Despite a firmer recovery, and looking through the volatile readings in HICP inflation over recent months, underlying inflation […]

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Fed’s Kaplan backs view for two more rate hikes this year. Robert Kaplan, the president of the Dallas Fed, said he wasn’t worried about the strength of the economy or the outlook for inflation and said he expected the U.S. central bank to raise short-term interest rates twice more this year. With growth registering only […]

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Returning from my overseas trip I see that everything has gone read this year and that makes me happy. So the story hasn’t changed, its been the same for the past few years, valuations are fairish, the government is still trying to figure out how to run an economy, and tourism is rocking n rolling.

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Fed should start trimming balance sheet in second half: Bullard. The Federal Reserve has interest rates right where they should be, but should start trimming its massive balance sheet in the second half of the year, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard said on Friday. “We’ve delayed a little bit too long in […]

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Ministry of Transportation to propose a Bt340bn increase in 2018 budget to the cabinet next week in order to fund megaprojects, i.e. two motorways and four airport improvement projects which include the development of 28 provincial airports. (Matichon, 2/5/17) Consumer prices up for 13th month. Consumer prices, which gauge the country’s inflation rate, rose for […]

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