New Record Low For Turkish Lira Due To Central Bank Inaction

Turkey’s struggling currency hit a new all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday after Erdem Basci, the central bank’s president, said he had no concerns over current exchange rates.

The Turkish lira, which has fallen over 13 percent against the dollar since the start of the year – fell sharply to a new record low of 2.021 after Basci’s comments from 1.9918 late on Monday.

The bank’s president, speaking to the Turkey’s Anadolu news agency, said that he would not use interest rates to defend the lira and said that investors should not be surprised if the U.S. dollar falls back to 1.92 against the Turkish lira by the end of the year. He added that additional tightening measures could be implemented next Monday, signaling that the bank could use currency intervention instead of an interest rate rise.

“The recent rise in currency rates is temporary,” he told the news agency on Tuesday. “We have no worries about exchange rates.”


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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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