By Sagarika Jaisinghani
Sept 30 (Reuters) – Turkey’s lira recovered from record lows on Wednesday as the government lowered a tax on foreign currency transactions, while emerging-market equities were set for their first monthly decline since the coronavirus-driven crash in March.
The lira TRY= was at 7.73 against the dollar after slumping to a low of 7.86 in the previous session amid fears Turkey would get dragged into a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Investors were also assessing a new economic programme laid out by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak on Tuesday that called for a 0.3% rise in output in 2020 despite the pandemic. Analysts doubted some of the forecasts were achievable.
“It is difficult to be confident about the attainability of the government’s end-2021 inflation forecast,” said Berna Bayazitoglu, a Credit Suisse analyst. Some of Albayrak’s responses “exacerbate local depositors’ and non-resident investors’