Strong Thai Baht Could Impact Imports, Currency

The Thai baht has reached a six-year high against the US dollar and is now at around 30.2 per dollar. Of the four countries that share borders with Myanmar, Thailand is the second largest trading partner, with trade volumes during fiscal 2018-19 amounting to US$3.8 billion, according to government data. Just this month, the Central […]

Asia’s New Tiger Economy Fears Currency Slide

​​ Myanmar’s central bank is braced for a deeper slide in the nation’s currency and has little scope to tackle the decline after the kyat fell the most in Southeast Asia, according to one of the monetary authority’s top officials. The kyat has weakened about 10 percent against the dollar in the past six months, data […]

US rate hike puts spotlight on importers

The US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since 2006 yesterday – an event long-feared by developing economies. Myanmar is better protected from the potential fallout than many, although the country’s reliance on imports leaves it exposed to a strengthening dollar. The Federal Reserve increased the Federal Funds rate – the rate […]