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FILE PHOTO: Thailand's central bank is seen at the Bank of Thailand in Bangkok, Thailand April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

 

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's government has asked the central bank to review interest rates for credit cards and personal loans to try to tackle high household debt, its prime minister said on Tuesday, sending bank shares falling.

 

Prayuth Chan-ocha said a range of measures prepared for solving debt problems include reducing peoples' interest rate burden, debt repayment adjustments and promoting competition for lower interest rates.

 

The central bank has been asked to review the ceiling of interest rates and supervise credit cards, personal loans and auto title loans, he said.

 

"If our people still have a lot of debt and at a young age, it will affect their whole lives," Prayuth told a briefing after a cabinet meeting.

 

Thailand's household debt stood at 14 trillion baht ($449.87 billion) at the end of December, equal to 89.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), among the highest in Asia.

 

The move sent bank shares falling 1.2% in early afternoon trade, with Kasikornbank down 2.3% and Siam Commercial Bank slipping 1.9%. Analysts said lower rates will hurt banks' earnings.

 

Last year, the central bank reduced the interest rate ceiling for credit cards to 16% per year from 18% and that of personal loans to 24% to 25% from 28%, to help debtors cope with the impact of coronavirus outbreaks.

 

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2 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

Thailand's household debt stood at 14 trillion baht ($449.87 billion) at the end of December, equal to 89.3% of gross domestic product (GDP), among the highest in Asia.

 

And Big Cheezy quickly realizing and not one to let a group of Thai commoners beneath him out do his running the country into the ground debt standards, has now pulled all the stoppers out to use yet another next executive loan decree in order to quickly surpass that household debt thus awarding them a first place title ranking all in the special interests of the administration he commands in the all not so sea worthy sinking land boat..

 

And this concludes yet another chapter in the ongoing Thailight zone.

 

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Dropping the interest rates now will not be helping people without a job or an income . But sure will make it better for wealthy ones to buy more .

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9 hours ago, worgeordie said:

Everything today is been done to help people that are in Debt, not just

in this country but the West too.

People who try and save a little ,who are canny with their money, dont

spend more than they earn, are at a disadvantage ,due to low interest

rates been offered on bank deposits , and rising inflation ,which is just

eating away at their savings . 

 

regards worgeordie

 

Not me, I've put everything into Betamax....its the future....

 

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8 hours ago, Boomer6969 said:

Isn't this putting the cart in front of the oxes. Just ask the central bank to lower interest rates, increase in money supply will have all sorts of other beneficial effects as well.

 

But by now we should all know that these army clowns have only a very vague idea of what they are doing.

 

 

Basic rule of economics. Never let Government interfere with banking. It always ends in tears...

 

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Lower interest rates: win/win/win.  Consumers get a break in debt burdens, overpriced Baht goes down, exports rise.

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14 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

 

Not me, I've put everything into Betamax....its the future....

 

surely you have heard about LaserDiscs already??

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Last year, the central bank reduced the interest rate ceiling for credit cards to 16% per year from 18% and that of personal loans to 24% to 25% from 28%, to help debtors cope with the impact of coronavirus outbreaks.

 

A personal loan rate of 24% is still extortionate. My personal loan from UK is 3%........

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