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ANZ analysts note that the Bank of Thailand kept the policy rate unchanged at 1.75% today and extending the streak of unchanged rates for three straight meetings since the 25bp hike last December.

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“The BoT appears reluctant to completely close the door on monetary tightening.”

“Nonetheless, the BoT also acknowledges that growth risks are rising, noting in its statement that the economy was “expected to expand at a slower pace than previously assessed”.”

“In terms of inflation, the BoT expects it to be at the low end of its 1-4% target range.”

“Overall, we think the combination of  rising growth risks and benign inflation will make it difficult for the BoT to justify another rate hike.”