Since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan installed himself as 'Sultan for life', the Turks appear to have had a dramatic change of heart towards the barbarous relic...
The Turks have never imported a greater value of gold than in the last 12 months...
Addditionally, as Bloomberg reports, Bar and coin purchases, a measure of investment demand, were 47 metric tons so far in 2017, compared with 14.8 tons in the same period a year ago, according to a report from the World Gold Council published Thursday.
The weak lira and “President Erdogan’s pro-gold comments in November last year continued to lend support to the market,” the gold council said.
But it's not just the average Turk who is buying gold, Turkey’s central bank is also buying gold, increasing purchases by 30.4 tons during the third quarter.
While the central bank has cited a good old-fashioned diversification policy, some analysts speculated that the country could be shoring up reserves amid rising tensions between Turkey and its traditional Western allies.
A year ago, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to prefer gold to the U.S. dollar as a savings vehicle, and asked the central bank to support that policy.
And gold is doing exactly what it should do as faith in fiat falters.
The question is - just like in India - how long before Erdogan 'dictates' an end to gold imports, imposes tariffs, or confiscates the precious metal?