The Thai baht has opened stronger against the US dollar due to the dollar’s depreciation and the rebound in gold prices amidst concerns about the Israeli-Hamas conflict.
- The Thai baht opened slightly stronger today (October 11) at 36.55 Baht per US dollar after the US dollar weakened amidst concerns about the impact of the Israeli-Hamas conflict.
- The US stock market received support from rising stocks of arms manufacturers and energy stocks due to concerns about the impact on crude oil supplies.
- Investors are closely monitoring the conflict and waiting for statements from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank regarding the potential end of the interest rate hike, which could ease concerns about tight monetary policy.
The market is also awaiting statements from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank regarding interest rate hikes.
The conflict could create volatility in the financial market, but the US stock market received support from rising stocks of arms manufacturers and energy stocks. However, it is still uncertain if the baht can continue to strengthen.
The lack of clarity surrounding Thailand’s new digital wallet scheme is causing the value of the baht to weaken. Foreign investors have been selling Thai bonds and stocks in anticipation of the distribution of 560 billion baht to every Thai over the age of 16.
This has led to the baht’s depreciation, which is not solely due to the strong US dollar. As a result, Thailand may face hidden costs, such as increased import expenses and higher prices for consumers. Exporters, on the other hand, will benefit from the weakened baht. The Thai government may need to raise interest rates or implement measures to maintain the stability of the baht. Additionally, the lack of clarity surrounding the digital distribution plan is causing market concerns and uncertainty.
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