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Banking sector NPLs edge up in Q1

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 22/05/2024

» The Bank of Thailand reported higher non-performing loans (NPLs) for the banking industry in the first quarter this year, attributed to all types of loan products amid an uneven economic recovery.

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Analysts expecting rate cuts to be delayed

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 21/05/2024

» Following better-than-expected GDP growth in the first quarter, research houses are predicting that the Bank of Thailand will delay any policy rate cut until the end of this year or next year.

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SCB launches AI banking service

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 18/05/2024

» Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has introduced banking services equipped with artificial intelligence (AI), aimed at expanding digital loans while improving control over non-performing loans.

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BAM eager to keep lead in distressed assets sector

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 18/05/2024

» Bangkok Commercial Asset Management (BAM), Thailand's largest asset management company, set an ambitious goal for bad asset management over the next few years in a bid to address the burden of distressed debts within the banking industry.

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Superrich responds digitally to growing travel card threat

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 15/05/2024

» Despite growth in foreign arrivals, Superrich Currency Exchange (1995) Co, a leading local money changer, recorded zero growth in transactions during the first four months of this year, primarily attributed to competition from travel card services.

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Bureau sees 15% hike in overall NPLs

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 14/05/2024

» The National Credit Bureau (NCB) recorded a 15% increase in overall non-performing loans (NPLs) in the first quarter of this year, primarily driven by auto and mortgage loan payment defaults.

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Debt Clinic sees surge in applicants in Q1

Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 13/05/2024

» The number of retail borrowers seeking assistance via the central bank’s Debt Clinic programme surged by 43% in the first quarter, indicating a growing resolve among financially vulnerable individuals to address non-performing loans (NPLs).

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Credit card default risks surge in first quarter

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 09/05/2024

» The risk of default on credit card loans rose significantly in the first quarter this year, driven by the central bank's mandate for a higher minimum payment rate.

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‘Buy now, pay later’ abuse under scrutiny

Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 07/05/2024

» The National Credit Bureau (NCB) is calling on providers of buy now, pay later (BNPL) services to improve risk controls to prevent misuse of the system to create informal loans.

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KBank eases digital loans to improve asset quality

Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 07/05/2024

» Kasikornbank (KBank) has opted to slow the pace of its digital personal loan business to refine its business model, improving control of the quality of its loan products.