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A Brief History of Monetary Orthodoxy in Turkey

Since late 2010, the Central Bank of Turkey has been employing unconventional monetary policy tools primarily for price stability, and creating an environment conducive for economic development. It is hard to tell the reserve bank has succeeded in the former, and Turkey’s track record of…

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Monetary Confusion and Credit Cycles

Turkey has been an interesting experience for economists in many aspects. A central bank keeping the real interest rates extremely low in a period when the country suffers from savings gap and high inflation may be among them, despite a good economic performance. Pretending that…

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November MPC: Waiting For Further Hikes

The monetary policy committee raised 1-week rate by 50 bps to 8% and the upper band by 25 bps to 8.50% vs a consensus expectations split between a 25 bps hike in the 1-week repo change and no change. As a separate decision, the central…

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August Inflation: Short Term Relief Provided

Headline inflation surprised on the downside in August with m/m realization of -0.29% against the market expectations for a flat reading. Annual inflation lowered to 8.05% from 8.79% a month ago. Meanwhile core inflation has also declined in August to 8.4% from 8.8% in July.…

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April Inflation: Slows to 3-Year Low

April inflation was another negative surprise and the drop was sharper than expected for the second month in succession. The reading of 0.78% dragged the annual rate down to 6.6%, primarily due to decreasing food prices. With that being said, it is worth to note…

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Turkey: Any Room for Loan Growth?

Turkish central bank cut its overnight marginal funding rates by 75 basis points in the past two monetary policy meetings in an effort to simplify its interest rate structure as the volatility in global financial markets eases. The rate cuts came amid criticism by the…

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Pakistan: An Attractive Frontier Market Pick in Asia

Macroeconomic Outlook After years of full of challenges, Pakistani economy is now out of the woods with high-single digit GDP growth rates projected for the upcoming two years. Even if the country still faces some significant political risks and has some vulnerabilities due to high…

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Turkey Post-MPC: On The Horns of a Dilemma

Turkish MPC remained on hold once again yesterday as one-week repo rate, or so-called policy rate stood at 7.5%, along with overnight lending and borrowing rates at 10.75% and 7.25%. The central bank for sure will maintain the status quo until the end of Basci‚Äôs…

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Turkish Central Bank Lost It?

Since 2006 Turkish central bank has officially been in pursuance of price stability after reforms such as law amendments regarding the formation of the bank differ the way the bank function. Until 2009, the bank irrefutably had been on the path to achieve price stability.…

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Core Inflation Heats Up

As expected yearly inflation fell in October as temporarily weaker food and energy prices more than offset the impact of the foreign exchange pass through (1.5% m/m, 7.6% y/y). The figures seemed to be slightly above the estimates. The upward surprise was on the back…

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Are More Rate Cuts on the Way?

After Turkish lira bounced back from its record low of 2.74 to 2.58 versus the US dollar, it is stated by some pundits that more rate cut may be on the way from Turkish central later this year with a scenario of serious slowdown in…

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March CPI Above Expectations

Monthly inflation came in at 1.19% notably higher than the market consensus of 0.8%, made a bad surprise thanks to food and energy prices. Higher food prices are mostly due to the seasonal effects while the latter filtered into the surprise rise in headline inflation…

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