28 Aug '13, 11pm

Singapore dollar: the next currency to fall?

Important factors that are expected to shield the currency from the emerging markets storm are the country's strong current account balance, which makes it more resilient to portfolio outflows, and high foreign exchange reserves, say strategists. In 2012, Singapore's current account surplus stood at 19 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the Ministry of Trade and Industry. (Poll : Has the emerging market rout gone too far? ) In addition, the Singapore dollar is managed within trade-weighted policy bands where it is allowed to move within an estimated 2 percentage point range of a mid-point, which limits room for pronounced movements in the currency. Investment bank UBS identifies the Singapore dollar, alongside the Taiwan dollar and Chinese yuan , as the "least vulnerable" Asian currencies in the emerging markets rout. It expects the Sing dollar to apprec...

Full article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100992676

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