USD/THB: Thai Baht drops 1% on central bank intervention


  • Thailand Baht has taken a hit reportedly due to central bank intervention. 
  • Baht has registered its biggest decline since 2007.

Thai Baht (THB) has dropped by more than 1%, pushing USD/THB pair higher to 30.106 reportedly due to central bank intervention. 

The currency pair traded at 30.226 in Asia. At that level, THB was down close to 1.8% - the biggest decline since 2007. 

“It’s likely to be central bank intervention given that the central bank has mentioned that they’ll be fighting against baht strength,” said Mingze Wu, a foreign-exchange trader at INTL FCStone in Singapore, according to Bloomberg. 

The Baht had surged to a six-year high of 29.718 earlier this week. The surge was associated with low liquidity and market imbalance by Thailand's central bank. 

The currency gained almost 9% in 2019 on haven demand. Markets treat THB as an anti-risk currency as it is backed by current account surplus. 
 

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