21 Feb '18, 10pm

Singapore's budget hands its central bank a trigger for tightening

Singapore's budget hands its central bank a trigger for tightening

Singapore’s government may have given the central bank a green light to charge ahead with monetary policy tightening this year. Economists are more confident in their calls that the Monetary Authority of Singapore will exit its neutral stance as soon as the next scheduled decision in April. They’re encouraged after Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said Monday that the budget position for 2018 will “remain expansionary” as Singapore incurs a small deficit amid greater spending and delayed tax increases. Into the Red Singapore revised up its overall surplus for fiscal year 2017 but sees a deficit in 2018 Source: Ministry of Finance * Revised ** Budgeted Note: Primary balance excludes special transfers and interest on reserves. “The impulse to the economy is going to be quite positive” on top of already bright growth and job-market prospects, said Mohamed Faiz Nagutha, an econ...

Full article: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-21/singap...

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