Articles by: Joseph O' Connor

Fears for the baht as it hits a 15-year low and Thai economic performance in the medium term

Fears for the baht as it hits a 15-year low and Thai economic performance in the medium term

June 26, 2022

Culture, Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

While the kingdom maintains a strong external financial situation and prudent fiscal management to support its economy, the growing impact of chronic problems such as… Read More ›

World inflation crisis may lead Bank of Thailand to act before August and raise interest rates more sharply

World inflation crisis may lead Bank of Thailand to act before August and raise interest rates more sharply

June 19, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Rapidly changing world financial environment where cash is king and looking like it is going to be more expensive as interest rates are set to… Read More ›

Marijuana revolution and overdoses raise concern with calls for action to outlaw recreational use

Marijuana revolution and overdoses raise concern with calls for action to outlaw recreational use

June 15, 2022

Crime, Culture, Economy, Living, Politics, Thailand:

Cannabis revolution places Thailand in danger: Police and drug control agencies agree that under the current legal provisions in force, unrestricted recreational use of cannabis… Read More ›

Concern for the Thai baht and liquidity if Thailand does not move swiftly to raise interest rates

Concern for the Thai baht and liquidity if Thailand does not move swiftly to raise interest rates

June 10, 2022

Economy, Living, Thailand:

Some analysts in the United States suggest that interest rates there could reach 2.7% to 3% by the end of 2022 leading to a wider… Read More ›

Proposal to scrap Thailand Pass comes as moves to return to normal face a new hurdle: politics

Proposal to scrap Thailand Pass comes as moves to return to normal face a new hurdle: politics

June 7, 2022

Culture, Economy, Politics, Thailand:

Thailand’s economy is facing rising inflation and slowing export growth with fears of a GDP contraction in the second quarter. The scrapping of the Thailand… Read More ›

Face masks back on as cabinet votes down end of mandate in June. Nightlife trade slams reopening

Face masks back on as cabinet votes down end of mandate in June. Nightlife trade slams reopening

May 31, 2022

Culture, Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Nightlife business owner says his customers are not happy with seeing masseuses with face masks on while other operators slam the nervousness of the government… Read More ›

June and July set to see fireworks in Thai politics with Thamanat poised to lead Setthakij Thai Party

June and July set to see fireworks in Thai politics with Thamanat poised to lead Setthakij Thai Party

May 29, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Reports suggest that Captain Thamanat Prompow has had talks with the Pheu Thai Party and even with former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. It is suggested he… Read More ›

Sunday’s Bangkok poll may mean the end for PM after the Palang Pracharat Party’s dismal showing in seats

Sunday’s Bangkok poll may mean the end for PM after the Palang Pracharat Party’s dismal showing in seats

May 24, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The poll on Sunday now makes the new voting laws due to be passed by parliament over the coming weeks even more urgent as it… Read More ›

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China’s rise 

Former Pheu Thai finance minister expresses unease about US regional moves to counter China’s rise 

May 23, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The statement raises a question about the Pheu Thai Party’s position as well as that of Thaksin Shinawatra towards efforts by the current US administration… Read More ›

Thailand moves to defend its solar energy sector from a US probe into Chinese linked firms here

Thailand moves to defend its solar energy sector from a US probe into Chinese linked firms here

May 19, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Current tariffs in the United States were introduced by Trump in 2018 with some having been retained after a review by the Biden administration in… Read More ›

Thai bond yields spike 20% as kingdom adopts a confident, pro growth pose amid capital flight

Thai bond yields spike 20% as kingdom adopts a confident, pro growth pose amid capital flight

May 14, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Thai World, Thailand:

Patricia Mongkhonvanit of the Public Debt Management Office this week said that the government had been able to swap  ฿140 billion worth of long and… Read More ›

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

PM is running out of time and confidence as opposition plots heave against him in June or July 

May 10, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Embattled PM stresses that his government has preserved peace and stability and says any radical plans to boost incomes and address inequality will require a… Read More ›

Bank props up a slipping baht while Thai unions strongly pursue ฿492 minimum daily wage claim

Bank props up a slipping baht while Thai unions strongly pursue ฿492 minimum daily wage claim

May 8, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

The slow return of the foreign tourism industry and rising living costs were among the reasons given by JP Morgan as it downgraded its investor… Read More ›

Thailand and Japan announce defence pact on visit by Japanese PM to Bangkok ahead of US summit

Thailand and Japan announce defence pact on visit by Japanese PM to Bangkok ahead of US summit

May 3, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

Western powers are moving to counter China’s expansionism in the region with the Quad pact in 2017 and the AUKUS military alliance between the United… Read More ›

Both sides of the political divide agree a General Election will be called before the end of 2022

Both sides of the political divide agree a General Election will be called before the end of 2022

April 29, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The key question that may determine the outcome of the election will be the voting system used with the fate of two bills being progressed… Read More ›

Good economic news, test now is how to emerge from stagflation with large price shock looming as inflation rises

Good economic news, test now is how to emerge from stagflation with large price shock looming as inflation rises

April 23, 2022

Economy, Foreigners, Living, More News from Thailand, Thailand:

All to play for as the economy looks set to achieve significant growth this year. The key variable is the price of oil which has… Read More ›

US ASEAN summit as ‘dangerous directions’ now emerging in Asia as China’s regional power rises

US ASEAN summit as ‘dangerous directions’ now emerging in Asia as China’s regional power rises

April 20, 2022

Economy, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

The summit is being seen as a chance by the United States to reset its relationship with ASEAN and its member states but the bloc… Read More ›

Rapper charged for his part in a ping pong bomb attack on the Bangkok home of the PM last Sunday

Rapper charged for his part in a ping pong bomb attack on the Bangkok home of the PM last Sunday

April 15, 2022

Crime, Culture, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

Police at Bangkok’s Ta Rua Police Station in a follow-up search of Thanayut Na Ayudhaya’s home in Klong Toey unearthed explosives. The 20-year-old critically acclaimed… Read More ›

US sanctions on Russia part of a ‘profound’ geopolitical shift to Asia as many US firms leave China

US sanctions on Russia part of a ‘profound’ geopolitical shift to Asia as many US firms leave China

April 11, 2022

Economy, Living, Personal, Politics, Thai World, Thailand:

US President Biden’s key policy adviser for the Indo Pacific on the National Security Council has told an Asia Pacific summit organised by a Washington… Read More ›

Stalled Chinese submarine shines light on Rolls Royce firm supplying engines to China’s military

Stalled Chinese submarine shines light on Rolls Royce firm supplying engines to China’s military

April 7, 2022

Foreigners, More News from Thailand, Politics, Thailand:

The spotlight on Thailand’s submarine deal with China is also linked to the altered geopolitical environment after the Russian invasion of Ukraine with heightened sensitivity… Read More ›