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Turkey is preparing to introduce taxes on profits from stocks and cryptocurrencies, aiming to strengthen the country’s budget, according to a Bloomberg report. This proposal, led by Treasury and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, was discussed in a recent meeting with the ruling AK Party members.

The initiative is part of a broader fiscal tightening strategy intended to stabilize Turkey’s economy. While final decisions have yet to be made, this potential policy marks a significant shift from Turkey’s previous approach. In 2008, the country reduced the tax rate on stock gains from 10% to 0% to encourage market activity.

Burak Cetinceker, a money manager at Strateji Portfoy in Istanbul, commented on the potential impact: “In the short term, this sounds like pain for the equity market, but in the long term, it means a huge gain.” He believes that while there may be an initial decrease in market activity, taxing investment gains could lead to a more stable investment environment by reducing speculation and enhancing investment culture.

This proposed tax comes as Turkey faces economic challenges, including high inflation and a volatile currency. The government aims to generate additional revenue to support the national budget amidst a complex global economic landscape.

Cryptocurrencies have seen rapid growth in Turkey, with many investors turning to digital assets as a hedge against the lira’s depreciation. The proposed tax could bring more oversight and stability to this volatile market, potentially making it more sustainable in the long term.

As the Treasury and Finance Ministry deliberates, investors and market participants are closely monitoring the developments. The outcome of this proposal will have significant implications for Turkey’s domestic market and its position in the global financial landscape.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

5th June, 2024

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