Turkish lender Yapi & Kredi Bankasi AS says companies would struggle to repay foreign-currency debt were the lira to depreciate at least 20 percent, a level Goldman Sachs Group Inc. predicts it will approach next year.
Turkey’s benchmark yields climbed for the first time in five days and the lira depreciated against the dollar as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said pressure on the economy may continue given the nation’s external imbalances.
Turkey paid its last loan installment to the International Monetary Fund after a 52-year relationship, a triumph for Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as government debt falls even as private borrowing surges.
Economists are split on whether Turkish monetary policy is looser or tighter after central bank Governor Erdem Basci cut one of his three interest rates while saying he’d use an experimental tool to manage liquidity.
The shekel may advance 12 percent against the dollar in the next year as Israel’s economy expands and the dollar weakens as the Federal Reserve steps up asset purchases, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said. Bonds dropped.
Turkish stocks fell the most in the world as the lira weakened and bonds dropped after the central bank kept its benchmark unchanged yesterday, spurring bets the regulator isn’t doing enough to support the currency.
Turkey’s dollar bonds are poised for their best month in 1 1/2 years as slowing economic growth spurs speculation demand for imported goods will ease, narrowing the country’s record current-account deficit.
Hungary is eastern Europe’s “most puzzling investment case” with assets trading at the biggest discount to fair value in the region because of the government’s economic policies, economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said.