BANGKOK, 30 May 2019 (NNT) – Following the implementation of the loan-to-value (LTV) regulation since April this year, mortgage lending has shown signs of slowing down.
However, the Bank of Thailand (BOT) reported that the slowdown is caused by the accelerated transactions since the end of last year.
The BOT Governor, Veerathai Santiprabhob, said the central bank will not revise the LTV measures at this time because the contraction of the mortgage market is caused by the accelerated transactions and ownership transfers since the fourth quarter of 2018. As a result, the mortgage lending figures for April and May were lower than projected. The BOT will observe the impact of these measures for a period of time before making further decisions.
The central bank has implemented the LTV regulation to deal with household debt and speculative activities, which have caused home prices to increase. The central bank insisted that this regulation will benefit first-time home buyers who look for affordable homes. The regulation will also help prevent an economic bubble from forming in the country’s property sector.
As for the BOT’s measures to supervise car loans, the central bank had a discussion with the Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA) to consider the criteria for auto loan approvals in connection with a buyer’s debt to income ratio. Previously, banks and financial institutions approved loans by focusing more on the products than the buyer’s income.
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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.(more…)
Bank of Thailand cuts rate by 0.25% to 1.25 per cent
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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.(more…)
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