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After a rough start to the week, Asian stocks seem to have found some support as the Turkish Lira steadied below 7 per dollar. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.8% with all sectors in green territory as the Yen gave up some of yesterday’s gains. Australia’s ASX 200 and the Korean KOSPI also edged higher but gains were limited. However, China’s major indices and the Hang Seng failed to join the rally as poor economic data weighed on sentiment.

The Turkish Lira resumed its drop early Monday touching a new record low of 7.21 per dollar before recovering slightly during Asia trade. Comments from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak over the weekend that a plan would be revealed today to calm the markets failed to restore confidence. 

Currencies

Turkish weakening impacts Eurozone

Turkish economic turmoil has greatly weakened the Euro last week, causing a decline against the Pound. Euro traders have panicked on news of a Turkish Lira crash, which has sparked broader fears about Eurozone banks suffering as a result. This slip in the EUR/GBP exchange rate is down to current concerns about what impact Turkey’s weakened currency will have on Eurozone banks. After a week of Brexit-linked losses, the Pound (GBP) has finally risen against the Euro (EUR) thanks to broadly supportive domestic data.

Emerging market currencies are ending the week with a brutal sea of red across the board, with consistent losses throughout Asia, while the South African Rand and Turkish Lira are leading the way with losses within the EMEA. The Rand dived more than 1.10% on a lack of risk appetite, whereas the Turkish Lira is the talk of the town after plunging an astonishing 10%.  

August is normally a quiet month for markets, but this year it has so far been anything but. The markets have been rattled by a continued escalation of the trade war rhetoric between the US and China, with investors concerned this increases the future risk to global growth and demand.