Thailand Interest Rate  2000-2016 | Data | Chart | Calendar | Forecast

The Bank of Thailand left its benchmark interest rate on hold at 1.5 percent in May 2016 as widely expected. Policymakers kept the borrowing cost unchanged for the eighth straight meeting, mentioning downwside risks to growth on the domestic front such as slowing private investment and consumption. Interest Rate in Thailand averaged 2.37 percent from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 5 percent in June of 2006 and a record low of 1.25 percent in June of 2003. Interest Rate in Thailand is reported by the Bank of Thailand.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
1.50 1.50 5.00 1.25 2000 - 2016 percent Daily
In Thailand, interest rates decisions are taken by The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee. The main interest rate is the 1-day repurchase rate. This page provides - Thailand Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Thailand Interest Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2016.


Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2016-02-03 07:17 AM Interest Rate Decision 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
2016-03-23 07:30 AM Interest Rate Decision 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
2016-05-11 07:14 AM Interest Rate Decision 1.5% 1.5% 1.5% 1.5%
2016-06-22 07:15 AM Interest Rate Decision 1.5% 1.5%
2016-08-03 07:10 AM Interest Rate Decision 1.5%
2016-09-14 07:10 AM Interest Rate Decision 1.5%

Thailand Keeps Key Rate Steady


The Bank of Thailand left its benchmark interest rate on hold at 1.5 percent in May 2016 as widely expected. Policymakers kept the borrowing cost unchanged for the eighth straight meeting, mentioning downwside risks to growth on the domestic front such as slowing private investment and consumption.

Statement by the Bank of Thailand: 

The Thai economy continued to recover gradually on the back of public expenditure and the tourism sector which expanded with the broad-based increase in the number of inbound tourists. Nevertheless, merchandise export volume, excluding gold, contracted, while private investment remained low with expansion seen only in some business sectors. At the same time, private consumption slowed partly from the impact of the ongoing drought on income of agricultural households. As such, the balance of risks to economic growth was judged to be tilted more to the downside than previously assessed. Meanwhile, the global economic recovery remained fragile. In addition, the baht, which strengthened against some trading partner currencies in some recent periods, might not be as conducive to the economic recovery as it could be. Going forward, monetary policy divergence among advanced economies will continue to be a major contributing factor to capital flow and exchange rate volatility.

Headline inflation turned positive in April as the base effect of high oil prices dissipated, and fresh food prices accelerated from temporary factors. However, demandside inflationary pressure remained subdued as reflected by stable core inflation. The Committee assessed that headline inflation would gradually rise as the aforementioned base effect continued to wane, although the inflation outlook could be affected by uncertainties pertaining to global oil price movements and softened domestic demand.

In deliberating monetary policy, the Committee judged that the Thai economy would continue to expand at a rate close to the previous assessment but face greater downside risks on the domestic front. Nonetheless, current monetary conditions eased further as bond yields remained low, and commercial bank lending rates declined. Therefore, the policy rate should be kept on hold to preserve policy space, while risks to financial stability from search-for-yield behavior continued to warrant close monitoring.

The Committee viewed that monetary policy should remain sufficiently accommodative, and stands ready to utilize an appropriate mix of available policy tools in order to ensure that monetary conditions are conducive to the economic recovery, while ensuring financial stability.

Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/11/2016 8:56:33 AM

Thailand Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate 1.50 1.50 5.00 1.25 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 1232821.00 1237055.00 1254905.00 280977.00 THB Million [+]
Money Supply M1 1748.60 1750.00 1781.70 365.90 THB Billion [+]
Money Supply M3 17830.60 17748.25 17830.60 5077.80 THB Billion [+]
Banks Balance Sheet 17654261.00 17492815.00 17654261.00 14874369.00 THB Million [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 178568.34 175073.29 189883.65 326.00 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 3728229.00 3752628.00 3752786.00 1701089.00 THB Million [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 1.40 2.88 13.67 1.00 percent [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 6999355.00 6840659.00 6999355.00 2103522.00 THB Million [+]
Interbank Rate 1.60 1.60 5.41 1.20 percent [+]




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