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Xinhua backs strict regulations on virtual currency trading

Xinhua News Agency, mouthpiece of the China Communist Party, has published an editorial piece calling for the toughening of regulations on the trading of virtual currencies.

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According to the existing regulatory policy, any direct transaction of any virtual currencies on any kinds of digital token financing platform is forbidden, nor are the intermediaries who conduct brokered transactions allowed.

However, social media platforms such as WeChat and QQ chat group have become major information sources for underground trading of virtual currencies. Buyers can easily use Alipay to transfer money to purchase virtual currency from peer to peer.

Yang Dong, director of the China Financial Technology and Internet Security Research Centre at the Renmin University, is quoted in the editorial as saying that it is necessary to strengthen monitoring of trading accounts and foreign exchange, to effect deeper penetration of the regulations.

Yang also urges the consideration of setting up a blacklist system, to blacklist operators of trading platforms, irrespective of nationality, limiting their future activities in relevant financial businesses.

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BOT relaxes rules to Curb Strong Baht

the Bank of Thailand (BOT) decided to relax regulations to facilitate capital outflows to help promote capital flow balance and lessen pressure on the baht.

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The Thai baht has been under pressure due to imbalanced capital flows in the current environment of highly uncertain and volatile external conditions, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Bank of Thailand (BOT) decided to relax regulations to facilitate capital outflows to help promote capital flow balance and lessen pressure on the baht.

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Bank of Thailand cuts rate by 0.25% to 1.25 per cent

The latest cut brings the Bot’s policy rate to an historical low, which the bank maintained from April 2009 to July 2010 during the subprime global financial crisis.

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​On 6 November 2019, the MPC voted 5 to 2 to reduce the policy rate by 0.25 percentage point from 1.50 to 1.25 percent, effective immediately. Two members voted to maintain the policy rate at 1.50 percent.

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Thailand’s loss of trade privileges with US is credit negative

The development is credit negative because Thailand’s export-oriented economy is in a difficult external environment given that a broad-based export slowdown and strong Thai baht are weakening the competitiveness of goods exporters and the country’s tourism industry.

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Thailand’s loss of trade privileges with US is credit negative amid challenging external environment, according to an article from Moody’s Credit Outlook, 4 November 2019 issue.

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