Turkey’s stock market halted after earthquake leads to sharp selloff
Published on: February 08, 2023 11:35 (EAT)
Turkey’s stock market has sunk
15% in the three days since a devastating earthquake hit parts of the country’s
south, piling further pain onto an already fragile economy.
Trading on Istanbul’s stock exchange was halted Wednesday
after the main index dropped 7% in early dealing, according to Turkey’s Central
The suspension came after the exchange attempted to restore
calm by issuing two circuit breakers — a temporary stop in trading to stem
A spokesperson for the exchange did not immediately respond
to CNN’s request for comment.
Early Monday morning, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked
parts of southern Turkey and northern Syria, claiming more than 9,500 lives so
It is the strongest to hit Turkey since 1939, when an earthquake of the
same magnitude killed 30,000 people, according to the United States Geological
The disaster arrived hit at a time when Turkey is battling
economic crises on several fronts. Annual consumer price inflation peaked at
85.5% in October, before falling back.
But in January prices were still a
whopping 57.7% higher than in the same month a year before, according to the
Turkish Statistical Institute.
While Turkey’s economy is exposed to the same forces of
global inflation as other countries, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s
unorthodox economic policies have aggravated the crisis.
Since September 2021, Turkey’s central bank has cut
interest rates as prices have risen, while most of the rest of the world has
been increasing rates rapidly to tame inflation.
month, the World Bank said it expected Turkey’s economy to grow 2.7% this year,
down from 4.7% in 2022.
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