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Hazelnuts: buyers lose track

December 20, 2021 12:39 PM, Der AUDITOR
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ORDU. With the Turkish lira hitting new lows against the euro and US dollar and exporters issuing prices for hazelnuts that have nothing to do with the current market situation it is hardly possible for buyers to keep track of developments. Trouble is that the central bank again cut the key interest rate by 100 basis points on Thursday. Thereby, the bank is holding firm to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bizarre strategy of lowering interest rates while inflation spirals out of control.

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The Turkish lira has, in fact, lost around 80% in value since mid-October, when most exporters were busy by buying supplies. Key interest rates have plummeted to 14%. As inflation exceeds 20% and the population is protesting against the government’s economic policy, Erdoğan has hiked the national minimum wage by 50% to TRY 4,250 as of 2022. Experts, however, agree that this is way too little prevent people in Turkey from suffering from the depreciation of the lira. The only way for Turkey to restore market confidence would be for th

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