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Turkish Lira Holds Ground After Week’s Volatile Selloff

ISTANBUL—Turkey’s lira was flat on Thursday after a historic slide to record lows this week that was triggered by President Tayyip Erdogan’s defence of interest rate cuts, despite widespread criticism of his policy direction. The lira was worth 12.09 versus the dollar by 1044 GMT, after having firmed as much as 2 percent to 11.85 in early trade. It hit an all-time weakest level of 13.45 on Tuesday. Before the rebound, the currency hit record lows against the U.S. currency in 11 consecutive sessions. It has lost as much as 45 percent of its value this year, with around half of those losses occurring since the start of last week. Fixed income markets looked more cautious with the cost of insuring exposure to the country’s sovereign debt through credit default swaps nudging 1 basis point higher from Wednesday’s close to 478 bps, while longer-dated dollar denominated sovereign dollar bonds edged …

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