Emerging-Market Currencies Climb as Lira Rebounds From Lows

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Emerging-market currencies rose the most in 10 months as the Turkish lira’s rebounded from record lows on speculation the central bank will take steps to support it.

The MSCI Emerging Market Currency Index surged by the strongest pace since March and a similar gauge of stocks is on track to erase losses recorded after Donald Trump’s election in November. The U.S. President-elect news conference on Wednesday failed to support fiscal expansion measures that could spur the country’s economic growth and lead the Federal Reserve to accelerate the pace of interest rate hikes, spurring a rally in assets from high-yielding countries that benefit from low U.S. rates.

The Turkish lira advanced for the first time in six day after a person with direct knowledge of the matter said Turkish policy makers are forcing banks to borrow at a higher rate through the central bank’s late liquidity window. In Brazil, stocks and the currency surged after the central bank slashed interest rate by more than expected and Russian assets climbed after Trump brushed aside unsubstantiated claims that President Vladimir Putin’s government compiled damaging information on him.

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