Singapore Says Growth May Fall Below 1%; MAS Boosts Reserves

Singapore’s growth may fall below 1 percent should the U.S. and Chinese economies slump and the European crisis worsen significantly, the central bank said as it bolstered reserves to counter market turmoil.

The island’s current gross domestic product growth forecast of 1 percent to 3 percent is based on assumptions that there is no recession in the U.S., no significant escalation of the euro zone crisis and no hard landing in China, Monetary Authority of Singapore Managing Director Ravi Menon said today.

“If one or more of these assumptions do not pan out, Singapore’s GDP growth could dip below 1 percent this year,” Menon said in a briefing in the city state as the central bank released its annual report. “Growth momentum is clearly slowing.”

via Businessweek

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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