The Currency Market in Azerbaijan: Realities, Volatility and Perspectives

The Currency Market in Azerbaijan: Realities, Volatility and Perspectives The dollar /manat spot exchange rate specifies how much one currency, the US dollar, is currently worth in terms of the other, the manat . On the first of February 2017, the exchange rate of the national currency of Azerbaijan, the manat, hit a new record low; namely, 1 dollar was exchanged for 1.92 manat. Illegal black markets and psychological factors such as a lack of publicly... Read More

Bloomberg: Azerbaijan’s Banks Halt Foreign-Currency Sales as Crisis Deepen

Bloomberg: Azerbaijan’s Banks Halt Foreign-Currency Sales as Crisis Deepens Vugar Bayramov: “The manat will continue to lose as long as demand for the dollar exceeds offer by many times at auctions organized by the central bank”. Banks in the Azeri capital completely halted foreign-currency sales as demand by businesses and households soared and the manat continued to depreciate against the dollar. None of the 15 lenders visited in central... Read More

Azerbaijan Economy; Brief Overview for 2013 and Perspectives for 2014

Azerbaijan Economy; Brief Overview for 2013 and Perspectives for 2014 CESD- Center for Economic and Social Development, developed brief presentation on Azerbaijan Economy in 2013 and expectations from 2014. Download Full Azerbaijan Economy_2013_2014 Presentation File Here  Read More

What is happening in the Banking Sector in Azerbaijan?

What is happening in the Banking Sector in Azerbaijan? After closing the year of 2013 with a credit boom, the banking sector was unable to withstand the cold months of the current year: commercial banks almost halted all personal lines of credit. Despite the optimistic view of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic regarding the general situation, the commercial banks have remained skeptical. After imposing loan restrictions, some of the banks even... Read More

To Cut or Not to Cut?

To Cut or Not to Cut?   İs that the Question for Central Bank in Azerbaijan? The Central Bank has lowered its discount rate from 5.25% to 5% starting this week. According to the Central Bank, taking into account the optimal level of inflation, this step will lead to a decrease in inflation rates and thereby support economic growth in non-oil sectors.  The bank said that the targeted inflation rate would maintain currency stability and increase... Read More

Central Bank of Azerbaijan Moves to Strict Measures

Central Bank of Azerbaijan Moves to Strict Methods Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) applies harden requirement in banking sector after bankruptcy of Royal Bank, one of top banks in Azerbaijan.  CBA increased up amount of minimum volume of total capital for to AZN 50 million ($ 64,1 million) from AZN 10 million ($  12,4 million) . The new standard on the minimum volume of total capital comes into force from 01 January 2014, the Central Bank. “This... Read More