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    Turkey – Great Expectations

    Natalia Gurushina, Chief Economist, Emerging Markets Fixed Income Strategy
    November 11, 2020
     

    President Erdogan’s policy comments spurred a major rally in Turkish assets. China’s October monetary aggregates gave rise to suggestions that credit growth is peaking.

    Turkish President Recep Erdogan made a major policy turnaround this morning, saying that he fully supports the central bank and that authorities will implement “bitter pill” policies if needed. This is huge, provided the newly-found policy orthodoxy lasts. The market clearly believes so―the currency was up by 351bps as of 9:18am ET (according to Bloomberg LP), the Borsa Istanbul 100 Indexsurged by 328bps, and short rates were 51bps (!!!) tighter. A major litmus test is next week, when the central bank will be holding its rate-setting meeting. The market is clamoring for a rate hike that would be big enough to push the real policy rate well into positive territory. 

    The big sequential decline in China’s October credit aggregates was largely seasonal, and the annual credit expansion remained steady. However, the economy is recovering, the GDP growth is becoming more balanced and this gives rise to suggestions that new credit might be peaking (the chart below also points in this direction). We do not think China is about to abandon its “drip stimulus” approach. But the very nature of this approach implies that support goes to the areas that need it the most―so we might see significant monthly variations among credit components, depending on the pace of the recovery and the strength of headwinds (including global ones). Whether or not this will slow the overall credit expansion in the near term or this will happen later in 2021―it’s too early to say.

    Argentina’s Economy Minister Martin Guzman said that the government wants a new Extended Fund Facilityprogram with the IMF. These programs usually come with structural reform conditionality. Would Argentina be willing to commit? Based on the recent history, we have a lot of reservations. But never say never (see bullet point #1 on Turkey). 

    Chart at a Glance: China Credit – Peaking Already?

    Chart at a Glance: China Credit – Peaking Already?

    Source: Bloomberg LP

    1Borsa Istanbul 100 Index is a cap-weighted index composed of National Market companies except investment trusts.

    2Extended Fund Facility (EFF) is an IMF lending facility established in 1974 to assist member countries in overcoming balance of payments problems that stem largely from structural problems and require a longer period of adjustment than is possible under a Stand-By Arrangement.

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