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7 hours ago, smedly said:

This article is complete BS

 

The reason Thai exports are down is because the Thai baht has increased in value pretty much 20% over the last 3 years and continues to rise

 

Why ?

 

Because the money in Thailand is buying up and investing overseas - they don't give a &&&& about the Nations economy - there is a point when it will hit a wall - what is saving Thailand right now is Global volatility 

Miss typed that (pissed) I meant 10% possibly a bit more, then you have moves of other major currencies up and down about 5% (ish) but the overall picture is Thai Baht has strengthened considerably - GBP without Brexit uncertainty should be around 46ish

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1 hour ago, Jason40 said:

“The baht will not appreciate to more than 31 baht to the dollar in 2019” HA HA, sorry but that’s already happened a few times including this morning it fluctuated to 32.01 baht to the dollar earlier this morning but now it’s fluctuated back down to 31.98. Lately it’s been staying above 31.9 baht to the dollar and holding stable. Just last month it was 31.5 baht to the dollar now it’s holding steady at just barely below 32 baht to the dollar between 31.95 and 31.98 and occasionally it does jump above 32 baht to the dollar. It’s looking a lot better lately and I agree this article is wrong but not for the same reasons that some people are saying. Unfortunately you can’t trust local media information regarding economics or politics right now.


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Whose exchange rates are you quoting? Bangkok bank has it at 31.79 this morning.

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As many commentators have suggested, the Commerce Ministry is simply making excuses. Every month there is a new reason why exports are weak. Every month they avoid mentioning the elephant in the room - the strong Baht.

 

The government sometimes fiddles around the edges to contain the Baht, but they won't take any macro measures to drive it down. In fact, they talk it up.

 

So why does the Government want the Baht to continue to appreciate? Does anyone know?

 

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4 hours ago, Pedrogaz said:

The Thai baht hasn't increased in value by 20% over the past 3 years against a basket of currencies, with the exception of one currency, the pound sterling.....and it is not baht strength, but pound weakness due to Brexit, that is the issue. You are confusing Britain with the world and inflating its importance in world affairs. 

 

Nonsense. 

 

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23 minutes ago, Stevemercer said:

As many commentators have suggested, the Commerce Ministry is simply making excuses. Every month there is a new reason why exports are weak. Every month they avoid mentioning the elephant in the room - the strong Baht.

 

The government sometimes fiddles around the edges to contain the Baht, but they won't take any macro measures to drive it down. In fact, they talk it up.

 

So why does the Government want the Baht to continue to appreciate? Does anyone know?

 

 

Purchases of military hardware, civil and military planes, etc etc will be cheaper with a strong baht.

 

Overseas investment opportunities will be cheaper with a strong baht.

 

Overseas travel and shopping will be cheaper with a strong baht.

 

Offshoring money into overseas bank accounts in foreign currency will be cheaper with a strong baht - buys much more of the foreign currency.

 

Now ask yourself which tier in Thailand can benefit from all those?

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And the Thai-Logic reaction will most likely be to raise the prices 🙂

 

Anyway I am confused about the overall economy situation. I thought it was fantastic and no government has ever done better.

 

 

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8 hours ago, smedly said:

This article is complete BS

 

The reason Thai exports are down is because the Thai baht has increased in value pretty much 20% over the last 3 years and continues to rise

 

Why ?

 

Because the money in Thailand is buying up and investing overseas - they don't give a &&&& about the Nations economy - there is a point when it will hit a wall - what is saving Thailand right now is Global volatility 

Thanks for this simple idiot-proof explanation, lad. 

 

And in the mean time, the Imports are skyrocketing (at least within the rich and influential wealthy classes)

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6 hours ago, mikebell said:

The baht is too strong; I know let's force these long stay foreigners to tie up 800,000 for five months every year in Thai banks and force them to take compulsory health insurance provided by Thai companies.

 

Excuse me where are you going?

 

Well what's Vietnam got that Thailand hasn't?

Girls are better looking in Vietnam - don't get me started on those French Viet girls' measurements.

Food is healthier in Vietnam.

People are not perfect but far friendlier and more genuine than people in Thailand.

Vietnamese people are generally open and interested in the world outside their borders -- unlike Thailand.

Vietnam has edible bread and drinkable coffee and walkable pavements -- courtesy of the French.

 

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5 hours ago, zydeco said:

So NOW they want the US to bail them out. After conniving and cheating with China and thumbing their nose at Americans and stealing software, films, TV shows, clothes brands, they see the US as their savior???  Hah, hah, hah. Time to put them in the same tariff category as China.

It will be interesting to see if the US puts Thailand on currency manipulator list after its done wrecking the Chinese economy

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1 hour ago, khunpa said:

Anyway I am confused about the overall economy situation. I thought it was fantastic and no government has ever done better.

Only when the government channels Donald.

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1 hour ago, khunpa said:

 Not to worry! A trillion tourist will arrive next month and make up for the loss.

And they will all be Chinese dressed in green fatigues with a little red star on their cap.

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1 hour ago, Fex Bluse said:

It will be interesting to see if the US puts Thailand on currency manipulator list after its done wrecking the Chinese economy

As well as target Thai companies manufacturing components for Chinese companies. The Thais have really stepped in it by putting all their money on China. 

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Just a few days ago thai government was predicting that the US/China trade war would have no adverse outcome for trade in Thailand but now that’s been blown assuder.

Thailand had better be careful of such predictions as the USA and for that matter China can cripple the Thai economy overnight and wouldn’t give them a backward glance .  

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1 hour ago, Fex Bluse said:

Girls are better looking in Vietnam - don't get me started on those French Viet girls' measurements.

Food is healthier in Vietnam.

People are not perfect but far friendlier and more genuine than people in Thailand.

Vietnamese people are generally open and interested in the world outside their borders -- unlike Thailand.

Vietnam has edible bread and drinkable coffee and walkable pavements -- courtesy of the French.

 

Apart from the French breakfasts, the food is boring. There's only so much pho and spring rolls one can eat. I agree Vietnamese are more open and friendly. Don't know about the girls, they looked squattier than Thais to me.

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