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Turkish Central Bank continues tightening via lira reserves to strengthen the currency

Bank’s latest backdoor measure comes amid efforts to strengthen Turkish lira after low-point last week

Turkey’s Central Bank on Monday increased remuneration rates on required Turkish lira reserves by 200 basis points for all banks.

The move came amid the country’s efforts to back the Turkish lira that hit record lows last week at nearly eight to the US dollar.

Also, the Central Bank on Friday had increased the Turkish lira interest rate for swap transactions by 150 basis points to 11.75% from 10.25%.

“Lenders that meet real loan growth requirements will have a 9% remuneration rate on lira required reserves, while the rate for others will be 2%,” it said.

The new rates will be effective as of Friday, Oct. 16.

The bank also said it halved the commission rate on required reserves for forex deposits and participation funds.

Analysts pointed out that these regulations support other steps under the recent normalization process from the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, improving financial stability.

The US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate stood at 7.8968 as of 1.00 p.m. local time (1000GMT) on Monday.

Source
Anadolu Agency

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