Hazelnuts: Erdoğan sends shockwaves through the market

September 28, 2021 at 11:19 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ORDU. In cutting the key interest rate Turkey’s Central Bank not only took the market by surprise but also prompted the Turkish lira to crash. This naturally impacted the export prices for hazelnuts. Although buyers are very much prepared to take advantage of the current market situation, things are not quite as simple.

Market prices caught up in political gamble

Turkey’s Central Bank surprisingly cut the key interest rate from 19% to 18% last week and sent the Turkish lira crashing to near record lows. A record low was witnessed against the US dollar on Monday at 8.89 per dollar. The decision sent shockwaves through the market as it became apparent that the Central Bank decided to bow to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s irrational wishes rather than adopting common market sense. Analysts had initially expected interest rates to remain firm or even to rise as inflation

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