Thailand relaxes hedging rules

Hedging and international investment rules eased to encourage international involvement

Bangkok

Thailand’s central bank is seeking to improve hedging flexibility for importers and exporters, while also relaxing overseas investment rules, in a bid to stabilise the Thai baht.

The move comes after the baht hit its strongest level since mid-2008 – for several days in January it was less than 33 baht to the dollar.

The loosened rules affect a number of areas, making it easier to win approval for hedging activity and overseas investments, while also encouraging the development of corporate treas

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