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5 hours ago, VBF said:

Presumably, it's 1 mil per institution ie 1 mil with SCB + 1 mil with Kasikorn etc.? If so possible to mitigate some risk that way.

 

Sorry for Thai people who have no choice, but really any foreigner who keeps lots of dosh in what is still, essentially a 3rd world banking system isn't very smart. Having seen the pitiful security, both personal and electronic practised in Thailand I don't think I'd keep any more than essential even if i did live there.

 

Especially seeing how easy it is today to transfer from a better-protected account Eg UK is  £85K per institution - approx 3,655,000 Baht. I presume the interest rates in Thailand are as pathetically low as other countries - I haven't bothered to look as it doesn't affect me.

I doubt that most Thais care since I read somewhere awhile back that the average balance for all Thai banks accounts was something like the equivalent of about USD 3,900

 

Of course, being an average amount rather than a median amount, it's likely that a relatively few accounts have a boatload and most have what could charitably be called just a pittance. A median would have been much more helpful and interesting to me, but I suppose it's a number that the well-heeled would rather not have floating about.

 

I suppose that very wealthy Thais have a fat rainy day fund squirreled away outside Thailand, given the ease with which money can be moved around in an instant these days

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Anyone keeping large sums of money in Thailand is nothing short of an idiot.

http://www.dpa.or.th/en/articles/view/protection-limit

I believe this has been delayed.   It's deposit insurance. If they go bankrupt then you get a maximum of 1 million Baht back via the insurance scheme.   If you have a balance of 10

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1 hour ago, eppic said:

US FDIC guarantee is currently US$250k per customer/ institution or $500K for a joint account.

 

Singapore insures only up to SG$75k (US$55k, THB 1.7million) per customer per institution.

 

So Thailand currently at THB5 million or about US$160k, which is actually quite generous.  Honestly, given the relative wealth of the countries it's no surprise that Thailand would reduce the number, and in fact 1 million (US$32k) still seems pretty reasonable in comparison.

Just to add a bit and to draw a sharper distinction between the U.S. and the rest:

 

In the U.S., a husband and wife could have up to USD 1 million in an institution insured by the FDIC - USD 500K for their joint account and USD 250K for each of their individual accounts. It could be even more if the husband and wife each have joint account(s) with their kid(s) and, of course, they could have accounts at other institutions, etc.

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3 hours ago, gentlemanjackdarby said:

 

In the U.S., a husband and wife could have up to USD 1 million in an institution insured by the FDIC - 

The only problem is that the FDIC doesn't have the money to cover its promises...by a long shot...

 

Otherwise, deposits in Thai banks are insured up to 5 million baht until August 2021...we'll see after that.

 

Some banks, like the Bangkok Bank for example, also have their own insurance...up to one million baht in this case.

 

It is a simple reflex that leads foreigners to believe that "their" banks are safer, just because "their" country is safer.

 

Non biased economic studies show that the reality is different, and that the banks in the worst financial situation are not in Thailand, but in Europe.

 

As for the governments coming to the rescue, European countries are far more broke than Thailand, with their national debts around 100% of GDP, against less than 60% for Thailand.

 

Anyway it is the central banks, and not the governments, who supervise and come to the rescue of the banks, if necessary.

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Nothing is guaranteed.

 

You really think that you get your 1,000.000 out

1000 people queuing to get their 1,000.000. That's 1billion baht.

50,000 people panicking, that is 5trillion baht.

Customers of other banks will start to panic and there won't be any money left.

 

You will be happy to withdraw a few thousand baht at a time. That's it.

 

They can guarantee what they want. There is simply no money when the rush begins.

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49 minutes ago, wombat said:

put your money into Australian banks and its guaranteed by the government or as old mate says don't put money in the bank, buy the bank. (shares)

Everything can go down...

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36 minutes ago, AlfHuy said:

1000 people queuing to get their 1,000.000. That's 1billion baht.

50,000 people panicking, that is 5trillion baht.

would 50,000 x 1,000,000 not be 50 billion bht ?

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17 hours ago, silicastorm said:

I have seen comments in several posts in TV about “banks aren't guaranteeing deposits in excess of 1 million baht”

The ones I have seen have all been repudiated with the facts as mentioned earlier in this thread. This raises the question of why the OPs title does not have a ? after it and makes it appear as a statement of fact.....

 

Just to be clear there isn't, and never has been in recent times, protection for Foreign Currency Accounts - whether you are Thai or a foreigner.

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