Central Bank of Turkey

Central Banks of Turkey, Ukraine, and Israel Review Monetary Policies

October 22, 2020

Instead of a follow-through measure after last month’s two percentage point rate hike, officials at the Central Bank of Turkey surprised analysts by keeping their one-week repo rate unchanged at 10.25%. Many had been expected the rate to return to its end-2019 level of 12%. The rate initially this year had been slashed by 75 […] More

Two Percentage Point Interest Rate Hike in Turkey

September 24, 2020

Officials at the Central Bank of Turkey made the biggest splash, hiking the one-week repo rate by two full percentage points to 10.25%, which reverses over half of the 375 basis points of reduction engineered earlier this year between January and May. This directional reversal was ostensibly done in light of this quarter’s “markedly” recovering […] More

Nine-Week High in Trade-Weighted Dollar Despite Adverse U.S. News

September 24, 2020

The dollar rose overnight to a nine-week trade-weighted high of 94.55. The U.S. currency touched a three-month high of NOK 9.5974 against the Norwegian krone, two-month highs of 1.1633 per euro and CHF 0.9269, and 1-month highs of $0.6516 against the New Zealand dollar and ZAR 17.2230 versus the South African rand. Gold, which tends […] More

Sharp Equity Declines but Mixed Dollar

August 20, 2020

The U.S. equity market correction triggered by downbeat FOMC minutes┬áreleased yesterday afternoon set the tone for overnight losses in European and Asian markets where bourses tumbled 3.7% in South Korea and 3.3% in Taiwan and by at least 1.0% in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Spain. Indonesia’s market did […] More

Continuing Dichotomy Between Equities and Covid Spread

July 23, 2020

In the past 24 hours, the number of identified Covid-19 infections soared by 284,408 worldwide and 10,738 in the United States, and the number of associated deaths totaled 72,575 and 1,234. All four changes were greater than in the previous 24-hour period. Japanese markets are closed today and tomorrow for Marine Day and Sports Day, […] More

Distress Persists that Runaway U.S. Outbreak Will Constrain Recovery

June 25, 2020

America’s bad Covid-19 numbers continue to dominate world financial markets this Thursday. China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are closed for the Dragon Boat Festival, but in other stock markets in the Pacific Rim, share prices closed with losses of 2.5% in Australia, 2.3% in South Korea, 1.5% in Singapore, 1.4% in Indonesia and 1.2% in […] More

Turkey’s Fifth Interest Rate Cut of 2020

May 21, 2020

The Central Bank of Turkey‘s one-week repo rate was cut 50 basis points further to 8.25% today in a move that had been expected and that brings the total decline so far this year to 375 basis points. The new rate level of 8.25% compares to an end-2019 level of 12.0%. Officials released a statement […] More

More Macroeconomic Relief around the World

April 22, 2020

The U.S. Congress approved a fourth fiscal package that’s just a tad short of $500 billion. South Africa unveiled $26 billion of fiscal support, which is equal to about a tenth of GDP. The Bank of Mexico Governing Board held an unscheduled meeting, cutting its policy rate for the third time this year. Along with […] More

Central Bank of Turkey Keeps Existing Tight Stance

June 12, 2019

Turkish inflation has eased to a 9-month low of 18.7%, down from 19.1% in April and a peak of 25.2% last October. The economy is rotating away from overheated domestic demand and toward externally-driven growth, but these desired developments have not progressed far enough to persuade officials to take their foot off the monetary brakes […] More

Stronger Dollar, Weaker Stocks, and Four Central Bank Meetings

April 25, 2019

The dollar advanced overnight by 0.4% against the yuan and peso, 0.3% relative to the euro, 0.2% versus the Swiss franc, sterling and Australian dollar, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie. One currency against which the dollar fell was the yen, which climbed 0.3%. Share prices dived 2.4% in China to a 3-week low on continuing […] More

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