Although police and protesters are fighting running battles in Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday, in what looks like a new stage in the country’s political crisis, investors seem ready to sit out the day’s events.
The lira has strengthened against the dollar, falling back from over 1.906 to around 1.892. The BIST 100 index, after an 18 per cent drop from its record May high, has also had a decent start to the day, up around 1 per cent. Why? Continue reading »
Turkey’s central bank specialises in Solomonic decisions. Like the Biblical Jewish king, the bank’s approach to thorny monetary and financial questions is to give a bit to both sides in a dispute. The question, is, however, whether it cuts in equal halves. Continue reading »
Fresh from receiving a gong that ranks him above his peers, Turkey’s top central banker has received a further vote of quiet confidence for his management of the country’s consumption -hungry economy.
Erdem Basci, recently chosen as Central Banker of the Year by The Banker, the FT’s sister publication, can now also point to a favourable review by Fitch Ratings for one of the complicated mechanisms with which he seeks to slow the economy down. Continue reading »