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Singapore Sticks to Neutral Monetary Policy as GDP Contracts

  • MAS shifted to zero appreciation in currency last year
  • GDP contracted annualized 1.9 percent in first quarter
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Singapore's Economy Loses Some of Its Momentum

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Singapore’s central bank left monetary policy unchanged after the economy contracted in the first quarter, saying the neutral stance is appropriate for an extended period of time.

All except one of the 21 economists surveyed by Bloomberg predicted the decision. The Monetary Authority of Singapore, which uses the exchange rate as its main policy tool, shifted to a zero appreciation stance for the currency in April last year.