30 Nov '16, 1am

Central bank backs keeping property cooling measures in place

Central bank backs keeping property cooling measures in place

THE property cooling measures are here to stay for a while, at least going by the tone that Singapore's central bank has set in its latest annual review of financial stability. In its report released on Tuesday, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) hinted that it still wants more time for these measures to work through the economy, as global conditions in the form of still low interest rates, weak growth and intensifying political risks weigh on Singapore's household and corporate balance sheets. Singapore has introduced several rounds of property cooling measures since the 2009 financial crisis. On the back of these measures, "growth in housing loans has eased considerably and the overall risk profile of housing loans is strong", said MAS. "But repayment risks remain for a small group of borrowers amid the weaker economic backdrop." Such an assessment comes as MAS de...

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