Turkish lira continue to slides, drop to 1.6 per cent, a record low against the dollar

The Turkish Lira dipped to 13 to the dollar on Tuesday, resuming a slide towards last week’s record low as strong economic growth data failed to alleviate concerns about a policy of easing monetary policy despite inflation around 20 per cent.

The lira weakened as much as 1.6 per cent to 13.015 versus the dollar, before edging back to 12.97 by 10:27 GMT. It has lost 43 per cent of its value against the US currency this year, hitting a record low of 13.45 last Tuesday after President Tayyip Erdogan’s defence of recent interest rate cuts.

Turkey’s economy grew 7.4 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter, according to official data released on Tuesday, in line with market expectations and boosted by retail demand, manufacturing and exports.

The Turkish central bank has slashed rates by 400 basis points since September to 15 per cent and is widely expected to ease again in December. Economists have strongly criticised the policy which has left the policy rate nearly 500 basis points below inflation.

November Inflation data expected to be released on Friday will rise to an annual 20.7 per cent, its highest level in three years, while economists forecast the lira slide will send inflation toward 30 per cent next year.

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