Singapore releases Q3 GDP advance estimates, MAS financial coverage
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SINGAPORE — Singapore’s central financial institution tightened financial coverage in a shock transfer on Thursday because the economic system grew 6.5% within the third quarter in contrast with a 12 months in the past.
The Financial Authority of Singapore — the nation’s central financial institution — mentioned in its twice-yearly financial coverage assertion that it raised barely the slope of its foreign money band, the Singapore greenback nominal efficient alternate charge.
Meaning the Singapore greenback is allowed to understand in opposition to a basket of currencies inside an undisclosed band. The width of the band and the extent at which it’s centered are unchanged, the central financial institution mentioned.
MAS manages financial coverage by setting the alternate charge, relatively than rates of interest. It adjusts the band by three levers: the slope, the mid-point and the width.
The Singapore greenback rose round 0.2% to a three-week excessive of 1.349 per U.S. greenback following the central financial institution’s transfer.
Eleven out of 13 economists polled by Reuters had anticipated the Singapore central financial institution to maintain its coverage unchanged.
MAS mentioned adjustment to the foreign money band “will guarantee worth stability over the medium time period whereas recognising the dangers to the financial restoration.”
It expects core inflation — which strips out lodging and personal transport — to rise between 1% to 2% subsequent 12 months within the medium time period. Core inflation is MAS’ most popular worth gauge.
“Progress within the Singapore economic system is more likely to stay above development within the quarters forward. Barring a resurgence of the virus globally or a setback within the tempo of financial reopening, output ought to return to round its potential in 2022,” mentioned the central financial institution.
“On the similar time, exterior and home price pressures are accumulating, reflecting each normalising demand in addition to tight provide circumstances,” it added.
Progress barely lacking estimates
Singapore’s economic system grew 6.5% within the third quarter of 2021 in comparison with a 12 months in the past, official advance estimates confirmed on Thursday.
Analysts polled by Reuters had anticipated the Singapore economic system to develop 6.6% year-on-year within the third quarter.
On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally adjusted foundation, the economic system expanded by 0.8%, Singapore’s Ministry for Commerce and Trade mentioned in a press release.
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