Central Banks

Thai central bank clamps down on baht speculation

The Bank of Thailand clamped down further on baht speculation on Monday, telling local banks it would start strictly enforcing a ban on one-day, tom/next and forward dollar/baht deals with offshore parties if there was no underlying commercial purpose.

IMF says Turkey policy on track

The International Monetary Fund said in a statement released on its website that the Turkish government's IMF-supported economic programme was on track and is expected to remain so.

Euro has been a success - Banque de France Trichet

Bank of France governor Jean-Claude Trichet said Monday that the euro has been a success since its launch. In a speech in Tokyo, Trichet said that the single European currency has been both a technical success, and a "benchmarking" success - in that the…

Hungary's lower reserve rate seen positive

The National Bank of Hungary said it would cut its effective mandatory reserve rate to 7% from 11% as of 1 February. Analysts said that this would improve the competitiveness of the banking sector, boost growth and stimulate investment.

Patil to head proposed SBI clearing corporation

R H Patil, former managing director of the Indian National Stock Exchange, is expected to take charge as the chairman of the proposed SBI Clearing Corporation for the money and foreign exchange market.

China begins move to deregulate gold

The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank which has a monopoly on domestic gold trading, has taken the first step to deregulate the domestic gold market by reducing its authorised gold purchasing points in all provinces, industry sources…

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