Singapore’s Central Bank Eases Currency Policy amid Cautious Outlook

Singapore’s central bank surprised markets Thursday by easing its currency policy, as data showed the city-state’s manufacturing sector continued to cast a pall on economic activity.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), which uses exchange rates to guide policy instead of interest rates like most of its global peers, said that growth in 2016 was expected to be weaker than previously estimated and that inflation was now likely to tick higher at much slower pace than anticipated.

In a statement, the MAS predicted weak external demand in the U.S., Europe and Japan, combined with China’s structural slowdown, will result in “below-potential” full-year growth for trade-reliant Singapore. Moreover, oil’s recent price crash could see a fall in exploration activities, which will hurt the transport and precision engineering sectors, the MAS warned.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.