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Turkish lira plummets to an 'insane' historical low after President Erdogan sparks sell-off

Turkish lira plummets to an 'insane' historical low

November 24, 2021: -Turkey’s lira dropped to another record low of 13.44 to the dollar on Tuesday, a level once unfathomable and well past what was just last week deemed the “psychological” barrier of 11 to the dollar.

“Insane where the lira is, but it’s a reflection of the insane monetary policy settings Turkey is currently operating under,” Tim Ash, senior emerging markets strategist at Bluebay Asset Management, said in a note in response to the news.

The lira was trading at 12.7272 to the greenback at 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

The sell-off was triggered after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan defended his central bank’s continued contentious interest rate cuts amid rising double-digit inflation. He labeled the move as part of an “economic war of independence,” rejecting calls from investors and analysts to change course.

Inflation in Turkey is now near 20%, meaning essential goods for Turks — a population of roughly 85 million — have soared in price, and their local currency salaries are severely devalued. According to Reuters, the lira has lost nearly 40% of its value this year and 20% since the start of last week alone. 

For perspective, at this time in 2019, the lira was trading at roughly 5.6 to the dollar. And that was already making news, as it was a dramatic drop in value from the mid-2017 level of 3.5 to the dollar. 

Turkey’s currency has been in a downward slide since early 2018, thanks to a combination of geopolitical tensions with the West, current account deficits, shrinking currency reserves, and mounting debt — but most importantly, a refusal to raise interest rates to cool inflation.  

Erdogan has long described interest rates as “the enemy,” rejecting economic orthodoxy to insist that raising rates worsens inflation, rather than the other way around.

Investors fear the lack of independence of Turkey’s central bank, whose monetary policies are seen as being primarily controlled by Erdogan. He has fired three paramount bank chiefs in roughly two years over policy differences.

In October, Semih Tumen, a former central bank deputy governor who Erdogan dismissed, sharply criticized the president’s moves.

“We need to abandon this irrational experiment, which has no chance of success, and return to quality policies that will protect the value of the Turkish lira and protect the welfare of the Turkish people,” Tumen wrote on Twitter, according to a translation.

Last Thursday, the latest sharp downturn began when the central bank cut rates by 100 basis points to 15%. Four hundred basis points cut its rates since September alone. 

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