Plunging Turkish Lira Roils Financial Markets

by Archer Financial Services | Aug 10, 2018

By Alan Bush | Senior Financial Economist at ADMIS   


Stock index futures are lower as political turmoil in Turkey spilled into global financial markets, driving the country’s currency to a 20% decline and to a record low.

The plunge in the Turkish lira heightened fears that Turkey’s problems could affect Asian and European banks that have invested in the region.    

The U.S. consumer price index in July increased 0.2% from a month earlier, as expected, and core prices, which excludes the food and energy components, rose 0.2%, which is also as expected.

Since the March 2009 lows were made, there have been a multitude of geopolitical problems that temporarily adversely affected stock index futures, and every time stock index futures were able to recover. I believe the latest geopolitical issue, the problems in Turkey will only negatively affect stock index futures for a short time.  



The U.S. dollar is higher and most other currencies are lower due to the plunge in the Turkish lira.

The euro currency declined to its lowest levels in over a year after the European Central Bank indicated it has concerns about the exposure of banks in the euro zone to a dramatic decline in the Turkish lira.

The U.K gross domestic product in the three months through June increased .4%, as expected.

There is some flight to quality buying coming into the Japanese yen. In addition, there was support for the yen on news that Japan's economy expanded by a faster than expected annualized pace of 1.9%.

The Canadian dollar is lower in spite of news that the Canadian economy added 54,100 jobs in July. Market expectations were for a gain of 17,000 jobs.

Canada's jobless rate was 5.8% in July, which is down from 6% in the previous month. Market expectations were for an unemployment rate of 5.9%.



The deteriorating situation in Turkey is causing flight to quality buying to come into the credit futures markets.

The probability of a fed funds rate hike at the Federal Open Market Committee’s September 26 meeting is 96%, which is unchanged from yesterday. 

Also, there are increasing probabilities of an additional rate hike in December.

In spite of mostly higher prices today due to flight to quality buying, the longer term trend for futures is lower, especially for the thirty year Treasury bonds.



September 18   S&P 500

Support    2830.00      Resistance    2855.00


September 18   U.S. Dollar Index

Support    95.310        Resistance    96.230


September 18   Euro Currency

Support    1.14350      Resistance    1.15710


September 18   Japanese Yen

Support    .90100        Resistance    .90650


September 18   Canadian Dollar

Support    .76150        Resistance    .76800


September 18   Australian Dollar

Support    .7270          Resistance    .7385


September 18   Thirty Year Treasury Bonds

Support    143^8         Resistance    144^8


December 18   Gold

Support    1211.0        Resistance    1225.0


September 18   Copper

Support    2.7300        Resistance    2.7800


September 18   Crude Oil

Support    66.03          Resistance    67.71

For more information about these markets, please contact Alan at 312.242.7911  or via email at alan.bush@admis.com. Thank you.

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