The iShares MSCI Turkey ETF (NYSEArca: TUR) is one emerging markets exchange traded fund that is probably looking forward to 2016 coming to an end.
In what has mostly been mostly a strong year for emerging equities, domestic factors have plagued Turkish stocks. Just this month, TUR has tumbled nearly 14%.
In July, Turkish stocks and TUR tumbled following a failed coup. Turkish markets plummeted on concerns of the implications of the ensuing political turbulence after a failed coup d’etat attempt from the military branch.
In August, Turkey’s central bank lowered interest rates by 25 basis points to 8.75% and said it stands ready to provide liquidity to the country’s banks, if needed, an important factor considering TUR’s weight to financial services stocks is almost 44%, or more than triple the ETF’s second-largest sector allocation.
Following the July coup attempt, S&P Global Ratings cut the country’s sovereign debt rating to BB/B on concerns over an increase in political risk after the failed putsch, reports Bloomberg. Moody’s Investors Service also put a number of companies on review for a downgrade and is reviewing the sovereign for a possible downgrade.
Turkey’s central bank is must-watch theater for investors considering TUR.