NEW YORK: An interest rate hike to 25 percent from the current 8.5 percent is on the cards for Turkey’s Monetary Policy Committee’s upcoming meeting on June 22, “if not earlier,” JPMorgan economists said on Monday.
“A policy rate hike to 25 percent, from the current level of 8.5 percent, is on the table for 22 June or earlier, along with forward guidance suggesting smaller rate hikes if needed,” the Wall Street bank said to clients in an economic research note. “We maintain our year-end policy rate forecast at 30 percent.”
Years of unconventional policies such as cutting interest rates despite hot inflation have weighed on investor views of Turkey, as well as on voter sentiment ahead of President Tayyip Erdogan’s reelection late last month.
But there has been guarded optimism for a shift in monetary policy since veteran policy maker Mehmet Simsek returned to head Turkey’s Finance Ministry.