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Thai lenders brace for stricter mortgage rules

Banks urge caution on move while pivoting to small-business loans

Half-built condominium towers loom over Bangkok. The Bank of Thailand plans tighter mortgage standards next year to curb speculation in real estate.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Commercial banks in Thailand are bracing for the central bank's plan to impose tighter standards for mortgage lending, a move that will hit a major part of their business.

Among those voicing concern is state-owned Government Savings Bank, the country's fourth-largest lender.

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