Only one story dominated markets yesterday and it wasn’t the pontificating of Monetary Policy Committee members on interest rates and the state of the UK economy. The news that a Russian jet had been downed by Turkish forces set markets on edge and hyped up fears that the mishmash of coalition forces, the Free Syrian Army and the Russians are not able to bring about a sufficient level of coordinated violence against ISIS with a disparate command and control structure.
Dictators don’t have a good track record of financial management. Just look at Russia, Venezuela, Argentina, etc. if you don’t believe me. Okay, China may be the exception but I don’t think the fat lady has sung there yet. Turkey is channeling Russia big time right now and this will not end well. Stay away from the lira.
The problem is the same tired old scenario that we are unfortunately seeing too many times around the globe these days. Of course the situation in Turkey has the special circumstance that we are dealing with the old Ottoman Empire right next door to the Islamic State and a rising Iran, but that’s another story altogether.
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