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

Vugar Bayramov to the Bloomberg: “Dollar demand is expected to rise again by the end of the year in Azerbaijan”

Vugar Bayramov to the Bloomberg: “Dollar demand is expected to rise again by the end of the year in Azerbaijan” As the weeks ticked away before a referendum in late September on changing the constitution — with nary a televised debate or public polling — the Azeri authorities sprung into action after the manat depreciated for three months and panic stirred on the streets of the capital. The nation’s sovereign wealth fund,... Read More

CESD Research Paper: Currency market in Azerbaijan: Challenging environment for the national currency

Currency market in Azerbaijan: Challenging environment for the national currency In August, the exchange rate of national currency of Azerbaijan-“Manat” beat all historical records. That is to say, the exchange rate was 1 USD= 1.61 Manat in previous month . It should be noted that, the exchange rate hit 1 USD= 1.6 Manat in March, 2016. Since the second half of 2014, due to the fall of oil prices in the world markets there is a visible pressure... Read More

Oil Currency Breaks Ranks as Azeris Can’t Quench Dollar Cravings

Oil Currency Breaks Ranks as Azeris Can’t Quench Dollar Cravings As higher energy prices buoy currencies of commodity producers, one is swimming against the tide. Even after losing more than half its value against the dollar in two devaluations last year, Azerbaijan’s manat is struggling to find a bottom. In fact, it just had its worst month since the height of the crisis in oil markets in January. The currency market of the third-biggest oil... Read More

Economists Appeal to President to Solve Foreign Currency Loans Problem

Economists Appeal to President to Solve Foreign Currency Loans Problem A group of prominent economists of Azerbaijan appealed to President Ilham Aliyev with a request to resolve the problem of foreign currency loans of the population. The problem of repayment of loans issued in foreign currency worsened markedly after the devaluation of the manat, which led to a twofold increase in the cost of credits in manat equivalent. This cheapening of the manat... Read More

Bloomberg: Central Bank Depleted by Azeri Crisis as Oil Brings No Relief

Bloomberg: Central Bank Depleted by Azeri Crisis as Oil Brings No Relief Vugar Bayramov: “Sooner or later, the central bank will have to pull out of the market to stop the depletion of its currency reserves” The once-in-a-generation crash in oil prices sent the Azeri economy staggering into a crisis and the central bank is running out of options to stop the unraveling. Every seventh lender is now shut, the currency is testing new lows and by one... Read More