* Thai baht rises to its highest in nearly 2 months
* Dollar slips after Trump offers no fiscal policy details
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SINGAPORE, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Asian currencies rose broadly
on Thursday in the wake of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s
news conference, which offered little clarity on his future
fiscal policies and disappointed dollar bulls.
The Thai baht climbed to around 35.30 at
one point, its strongest since mid-November. Traders said the
baht rose due to short-covering, and was also supported by
inflows into Thai equities.
Most other Asian currencies rose, including the onshore
Chinese yuan, which gained 0.4 percent. The South
Korean won climbed 1.3 percent.
Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, did not elaborate on his
pro-growth policies in a news conference on Wednesday, providing
no details on tax cuts and infrastructure spending.
Emerging Asian currencies could stay firm in the near term,
given the possibility of further liquidation of long dollar
positions, said Satoshi Okagawa, senior global markets analyst
for Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in Singapore.
This is especially the case since many emerging Asian
currencies have relatively higher interest rates compared with
the dollar, he said.
“Keeping long positions in the dollar against emerging
market currencies or Asian currencies comes with a cost,”
Okagawa said, adding that this can make it harder to stick with
such bets if the chances of the dollar rising in the near term
Asian currencies had retreated broadly after Trump’s
election win on Nov. 8, as U.S. bond yields jumped on
expectations that Trump’s proposals for infrastructure spending
and tax cuts would prop up U.S. economic growth and inflation.
Emerging Asian currencies have regained some ground this
month, after a short-covering rally in the offshore Chinese yuan
triggered some scaling back of bullish bets on the dollar.
CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR
Change on the day at 0420 GMT
Currency Latest bid Previous Pct
Japan yen 114.49 115.41 +0.80
Sing dlr 1.4277 1.4267 -0.07
Taiwan dlr 31.730 31.935 +0.65
Korean won 1181.00 1196.40 +1.30
Baht 35.35 35.56 +0.60
Peso 49.530 49.625 +0.19
Rupiah 13288 13328 +0.30
Rupee 68.10 68.33 +0.35
Ringgit 4.4600 4.4700 +0.22
Yuan 6.9117 6.9360 +0.35
far in 2017
Currency Latest bid End prev Pct
Japan yen 114.49 117.07 +2.25
Sing dlr 1.4277 1.4490 +1.49
Taiwan dlr 31.730 32.279 +1.73
Korean won 1181.00 1207.70 +2.26
Baht 35.35 35.80 +1.29
Peso 49.53 49.72 +0.38
Rupiah 13288 13470 +1.37
Rupee 68.10 67.92 -0.26
Ringgit 4.4600 4.4845 +0.55
Yuan 6.9117 6.9467 +0.51
(Reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Additional reporting by
Satawasin Staporncharnchai in BANGKOK, IFR Markets’ Catherine
Tan; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)