Thai stocks, currency drop after palace statement on King’s health

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The King’s portrait at the entrance of the new Stock Exchange of Thailand building in Bangkok © Arno Maierbrugger

A statement by the Thai Bureau of the Royal Household released on October 9 that King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health condition has been deteriorating to an extent that doctors advised the King to suspend all royal functions is seen to have been among the factors that triggered a slump in Thailand’s stock exchange index of 3.15 per cent on Monday.

On the same day, the Thai baht reached a two-month low to the US dollar as the news from the palace – which are closely monitored in financial markets in Thailand – weighed on investor sentiment.

The palace said in that 88-year-old King’s health was “unstable” after he received kidney dialysis and subsequently experienced problems with his blood pressure. The King will remain under close medical supervision until his condition improves, the statement added.

King Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, is deeply revered in Thailand where he is seen as a stabilising personality in politics.

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The King’s portrait at the entrance of the new Stock Exchange of Thailand building in Bangkok © Arno Maierbrugger

A statement by the Thai Bureau of the Royal Household released on October 9 that King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health condition has been deteriorating to an extent that doctors advised the King to suspend all royal functions is seen to have been among the factors that triggered a slump in Thailand’s stock exchange index of 3.15 per cent on Monday.

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Stock Exchange of Thailand_new building_Arno Maierbrugger
The King’s portrait at the entrance of the new Stock Exchange of Thailand building in Bangkok © Arno Maierbrugger

A statement by the Thai Bureau of the Royal Household released on October 9 that King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health condition has been deteriorating to an extent that doctors advised the King to suspend all royal functions is seen to have been among the factors that triggered a slump in Thailand’s stock exchange index of 3.15 per cent on Monday.

On the same day, the Thai baht reached a two-month low to the US dollar as the news from the palace – which are closely monitored in financial markets in Thailand – weighed on investor sentiment.

The palace said in that 88-year-old King’s health was “unstable” after he received kidney dialysis and subsequently experienced problems with his blood pressure. The King will remain under close medical supervision until his condition improves, the statement added.

King Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, is deeply revered in Thailand where he is seen as a stabilising personality in politics.

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