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  • Thailand News

    Thai government cracks down on illegal loans

    Illegal lenders have been given a final ultimatum: Register with the Thai government’s debt settlement programme by May 31 or face severe consequences. Deputy Interior Minister Chada Thaised announced this stern warning yesterday, emphasising that this crackdown on illicit lending is a top priority for Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s administration. Despite the Interior Ministry’s success in bringing over 100,000 illegal…

  • Business News

    Home loan difficulties lead to six-year low in housing transfers

    Difficulties in securing home loans have led to a significant decline in housing transfers across the country in the first quarter, reaching the lowest level in six years and marking the fifth consecutive quarter of decline. The Acting Director-General of the Real Estate Information Center (REIC) Vichai Viratkapan reported that residential demand nationwide contracted in the first quarter, with housing…

  • Business News

    Exim Bank of Thailand grows 7.05%, focusing on green lending

    Exim Bank of Thailand reported substantial growth in its first-quarter operations for 2023, with significant strides in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) lending. The bank, led by Rak Vorrakitpokatorn, approved new loans amounting to 5,853 million baht, with outstanding loans and obligations increasing by 11,474 million baht, representing a 7.05% growth compared to the same period last year. Remarkably, ESG-related…

  • Thailand News

    Thai government launches 300,000 baht loans for self-employed

    In a significant move to support the workforce, the Thai government has unveiled a loan programme aimed at self-employed individuals, providing funds up to 300,000 baht for those in need of financial assistance. This initiative, which offers zero-interest loans for a two-year period, is available until April 30, as announced by Deputy Government spokesperson Karam Phonprakong. The policy, orchestrated under…

  • Business News

    LH Bank reveals strategy for mid-sized status by 2030

    Land and Houses Bank (LH Bank), the financial subsidiary of property giant Land and Houses Plc (LH), unveils its ambitious plan to become a mid-sized bank by 2030. The bank’s strategy is founded on robust loan growth and an increasing income stream. LH Bank’s five-year business strategy involves a comprehensive restructuring of its loan portfolio, aimed at driving loan expansion…

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    Thai nursing students demand government expedite delayed student loans

    A group of 60 nursing and public health students from Sri Sa Ket and Nakhon Si Thammarat publicly requested the government to expedite the disbursal of their student loans, which has been delayed for several months. Four representatives from the first-year class of Chalermkarnchana University’s Faculty of Nursing at Sri Sa Ket journeyed to Bangkok to deliver a letter outlining…

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    Thai police busts 500 million baht fraudulent loan scheme in a massive operation

    A massive operation by Thai police led to the arrest of 13 individuals linked to nine fraudulent loan applications, with a total of 500 million baht found circulating in seized passbooks. The Central Investigation Bureau’s (CIB) top officer, Police Lieutenant General Jirabhop Bhuridej, disclosed the details during a press briefing yesterday. The operation spanned across ten provinces, including Bangkok, Nonthaburi,…

  • Thailand News

    Government Housing Bank breaks ground with 0% down payment home loans

    The Government Housing Bank (GHB) is set to introduce three new home loan products with a combined budget of 45 billion baht. With an initial interest rate of 0% for the first three months and a minimum monthly repayment of just 3,300 baht per million borrowed, the bank aims to make homeownership more accessible for Thai citizens. GHB, a state-run…

  • Business News

    Bangkok’s condo market: Buyers rush for ‘ready-to-move’ amid sales slump

    The second quarter of this year witnessed a significant slump in sales for newly launched condominiums in Bangkok. Buyers, gripped by mortgage rejection fears, exhibited a strong preference for ready-to-transfer units. Tritecha Tangmatitham, Managing Director at Supalai, highlighted that a staggering 70% of condo sales in the current year have been for completed units, underscoring a marked shift in consumer…

  • Thailand News

    Royally ripped off: Victims seek justice against police officer’s wife impersonating banker

    Thommanant Taengtim, known as Ja Kings Saphan Mai, today led a group of more than 10 victims to the Central Investigation Bureau to file a complaint against the wife of a high-ranking police officer from Phahonyothin Police Station, who pretended to be a bank officer. The wife, named Noi, allegedly promised to help them get loans and even allocate lottery…

  • Thailand News

    Online loan scam drags young Thai woman into 2.6 million baht debt

    A 26 year old vendor found herself entangled in an online loan scam after losing her job and seeking funds for investment. Bee, from Nakhon Phanom’s Pla Pak district, expressed her ordeal through media outlets, warning society about the risks of falling prey to online loan scams. She initially borrowed 30,000 baht via an online application but was left with…

  • Crime News

    Family tragedy: Father’s triple murder-suicide linked to loan scam

    A family tragedy occurred when a father, armed with a utility knife, killed his wife and two children in their three-storey townhouse in Bang Phli district of Bangkok Metropolitan Area province Samut Prakan. The horrific murder and attempted suicide were most likely prompted by a fraudulent loan scheme that landed the family in 7-figure debt. Police Captain Sathamon Prasertsuwan, an…

  • Business News

    Household debt tackled by Bank of Thailand with new guidelines

    The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is set to introduce new lending guidelines to counter the rising household debt crisis, particularly among Gen X and Gen Y age groups, according to Assistant Governor Siritida Panomwon Na Ayudhya. The central bank is also working on a draft royal decree to supervise leasing and hire-purchase businesses to resolve informal debt issues. From 2010…

  • Economy News

    Household debt in Thailand soars to 86.9% of GDP, dampening consumer spending

    Thailand’s mounting household debt is raising concerns, as it continues to hinder consumer spending, affecting various industries and impeding economic growth. The latest data from the National Economic and Social Development Council shows debt in the nation reached 15.1 trillion baht in the fourth quarter of 2022, a 3.5% increase year on year, and accounting for 86.9% of GDP. Debt…

  • Crime News

    Illegal high-interest loan scheme busted in Thung Yai, 3 arrested

    Cyber police raided three homes in Thung Yai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat today, arresting three suspects involved in an illegal high-interest loan operation. According to the commander of the police, three suspects were apprehended along with mobile phones, bank account passbooks, record books, and documents detailing loan agreements with interest rates exceeding the legal limit of 15% per year. Police,…

  • Business News

    Bank of Thailand anticipates slower loan growth: Interest rates not main factor

    The Bank of Thailand anticipates a slower pace of loan growth in the banking industry due to reduced demand, while asserting that rising interest rates are not the main factor impacting loan expansion. The central bank’s soft loan programme, which aimed to aid small and medium-sized enterprises, largely contributed to the increased borrowing during the post-pandemic recovery period. Sakkapop Panyanukul,…

  • Tourism News

    Hotel loan program extended through June 2023

    Hotels trying to recover from closing down for the Covid-19 pandemic are getting a little extra financial help. The Thai Cabinet has decided to extend low-interest soft loans until June 2023. The loans were created to help hotels address property repairs after many opted to close when customers dried up because the borders closed amid the pandemic. The announcement was…

  • Bangkok News

    40 million baht illegal online lending operation busted

    An illegal lending business that raked in over 40 million baht in just 3 months by gouging people in desperate financial need with high-interest rates has been broken up. A Chinese man was arrested in Bangkok for running the loan shark operation online. The man identified by the Metropolitan Police Bureau as Jia Liew was arrested in Huai Khwang in…

  • Transport News

    Thailand’s used car market expected to keep growing thanks to Covid-19 pandemic

    Thailand’s used car market is expected to keep growing thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year alone, it has grown by 20 to 30%, which is an increase from the pre-Covid years that saw an average growth of 10%. Pinyo Tanawatcharaporn, president of the Association of Used Cars, says normally the used car market sees about 1 to 2 million…

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    Property loans and LGBTQ+ couples in Thailand

    In today’s modern world, many companies are accepting the status of LGBTQ+ couples. And, for purchasing property through obtaining a loan, many places worldwide recognise such couples’ unions as legal. According to the LGBT GDP, Wealth & Travel Data 2018 report by LGBT Capital, it is estimated that 6.5% of the world’s LGBTQ+ population reside in Asia. And, in Thailand,…

  • Economy News

    Thai household debt expected to keep rising- Kasikorn Research

    Despite rolling out Covid-19 vaccines, in which could see a faster return to pre-Covid times, Thailand’s household debt is expected to keep rising. Kasikorn Research analysts say it could, in fact, reach 89-91% by the end of the year. In a recent survey, KResearch says 10.8% of respondents could be stuck in a financial crisis. Of those who may be…

  • Thailand News

    Thai police officers crippled by accumulated 270 billion baht debt

    Thailand’s police officers have amassed a total of 270 billion baht in debts. The staggering accumulated debt trap of the country’s individual police officers was revealed yesterday by the national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk. During Covid there has been fewer hours and overtime for duty policeman. And in the popular tourist areas there have been fewer tourists to ‘police’ and…

  • Economy News

    Covid-19 could lead to a crisis worse than the 1997 Asian financial crisis

    With debt relief measures set to expire this month, Thailand’s financial woes, brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, might end up being worse that the 1997 Asian financial crisis, known in Thailand as the Tom Yam Kung crisis, according to the Bangkok Commercial Asset Management. The 1997 Asian financial crisis started in Thailand with the financial collapse of the Thai…

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    Thailand News Today | Protesters face arrest | Phuket “in a coma”| September 22

    Thailand News Today with Tim Newton. Daily news from around Thailand. Struggling airlines to get reprieve through small loans, extension to fuel tax cut Airlines in Thailand are being offered a financial lifeline, as the Government Savings Bank announces soft loans for carriers left struggling as a result of the current Covid-19 ‘disruption’. The GSB is offering the loans over…

  • Economy News

    Banks get tough on loan criteria as economic effects of Covid-19 worsen

    The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on the global economy and, while it may have been successful in suppressing the virus, Thailand is in no way immune to the economic fallout. A report in Nation Thailand today says the country’s banks are now clamping down on their lending, imposing stricter criteria on borrowing. PHOTO: Nation Thailand The Bank…

  • Covid-19 News

    Thai economy won’t need a bailout from the IMF

    The Thai economy won’t need a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, although the GDP growth for 2020 may end up being the lowest in the region. The Governor of the Bank of Thailand, Veerathai Santipraphob says the Thai economy is “strong enough”. Speaking at a seminar entitled “Post-Covid Economic Direction”, Veerathai noted that, although Thailand has managed to control…

  • Covid-19 News

    Hundreds seek Emergency loans from the Government Saving Bank

    Parn Phet Market Government Savings Bank branch in Mukdahan (north eastern Thailand) reports that hundreds of people have lined up to seek emergency loans from the government to help those affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The queue was stated to have been so long that it stretched out onto the street. After making their online applications, those applicants were asked…

  • Covid-19 News

    PM seeks compensation packages for tourism operators

    PM Prayut Chan-cha, today posted a picture of himself in a meeting with the Thai Tourism Business Association on his official Facebook page, with the following message… “The other day, I had a meeting with small and medium sized business associations to listen to the situation they are in and asked them to give suggestions to me directly. In addition…

  • Covid-19 News

    Banks stay open during state of emergency

    The good news is you can still get to your money, most branches will stay open (for now) and ATMs will stocked with cash. The Bank of Thailand and other financial institutions say that they will keep as many branches open as possible to ensure businesses can continue to operate during the Covid-19 emergency. BoT, the Thai Bankers’ Association, the…

  • Thailand News

    Car and house loans surged in 2018

    The Bank of Thailand says they’re concerned about the double-digit growth in loans for cars last year. The central bank is now monitoring the trend and will keep track of statistics for the rest of 2019. Their concerns about the Thai mortgage market the year before resulted in new regulations coming into effect this April. Loans for cars were up…