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HSBC’s Currency Expert Says Speed of Yuan Drop Is Frightening

David Bloom, global head of currency strategy at HSBC Holdings Plc, talks about the yuan and Federal Reserve policy

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David Bloom, global head of currency strategy at HSBC Holdings Plc, talks about the yuan and Federal Reserve policy. He speaks with Angie Lau on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.”

The yuan, which is traded freely in Hong Kong, fell as much as 0.64% to 6.6071 Thursday in the offshore market.

“It is the speed of the move that is frightening, not the direction”, commented David Bloom.

Traders said they noticed large, state-owned Chinese banks selling dollars and buying yuan through the day Wednesday to keep the offshore yuan’s level at par with that of the onshore yuan.

The moves highlight Beijing’s continued struggles to tame the freely traded offshore yuan and guide investor expectations on how far the yuan could fall. In recent weeks, analysts have lowered their forecasts for where the yuan will trade against the U.S. dollar this year.

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Thai Baht currency control mulled by central bank

The Industry Minister proposed measures to help business owners, such as the promotion of Thai Baht as a currency for international trade to reduce the risks from US Dollar currency fluctuation

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BANGKOK, 15th August 2019 (NNT) – The Minister of Industry has held talks with the Bank of Thailand’s Governor over measures to control the fluctuation of Thai Baht currency, minimize impacts faced by SMEs and promote the import of machinery during this time to take advantage of the stronger currency.

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Thailand’s dangerous debt addiction

Thailand is now a top-ten highest household debt country among 89 countries worldwide and third highest among 29 Asian countries.

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Thailand’s household debt has steadily increased to 78.6% of the country’s gross domestic products (GDP), or Bt12.8 trillion in the fourth quarter of last year, according to figures from the National Economic and Social Development Council.

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Thailand’s four challenges : Debt, inequality, plastics and climate change

Thais tended to get into debt faster, for longer and for higher amounts. Indebtedness starts as soon as they begin to work at age 25 and can increase until 56 years old.

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Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob, in his speech entitled “Formulating for the Future of Corporate Governance”, delivered at the Finance and Beyond National Director Conference 2019 in Bangkok (July 24th), said Thailand faces four challenges that require good governance in businesses to address.

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