The Turkish lira plummets as much as 17% after the surprising firing of Turkey’s central bank governor.

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Today on the Brief:

  • Nigeria central bank reversing stance on crypto ban?
  • “The least responsible fiscal policy of the last 40 years”
  • Scaramucci’s firm files fifth bitcoin ETF application

Our main discussion: the crash of the Turkish lira. In this episode, NLW looks at the last few years of Turkish monetary policy, inflation and currency crisis, focusing on:

  • The seesaw shifts between inflation and crisis on the one hand and interest rate hikes on the other
  • The sour legacy of intervention in the central bank by President Erdogan
  • Why the Turkish lira had actually increased 3.07% against the dollar in 2021 before this

Finally, he examines why some think the only tool left in the Turkish central bank’s tool kit to fight inflation is currency controls, and why this is driving people to explore bitcoin as an escape valve.

See also: Bitcoin Searches Spike in Turkey as Central Bank Chief Fired, Lira Plummets

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