Turkish Central Bank decries ‘unrealistic’ price formations, detached from fundamentals

Central Bank warns against possible losses through trading at foreign exchange values under extremely volatile conditions

Commenting on volatility in the foreign exchange markets, Turkey’s Central Bank on Tuesday decried “unhealthy” and “unrealistic” price formations in those markets, saying they are completely detached from economic fundamentals.

The Turkish Central Bank “implements a floating exchange rate regime and has no commitment to any exchange rate level,” it said in a statement.

“Exchange rates are determined by supply and demand conditions according to free market dynamics. Under certain conditions, the Central Bank may only intervene in excessive volatility without aiming (in) any permanent direction,” it added.

The bank said it found it necessary to warn companies and citizens against possible losses through trading at values completely detached from economic fundamentals under extremely volatile market conditions.

The value of the Turkish lira has recently plummeted more than 12% against major foreign currencies.

The US dollar climbed to as much as 13.4650 liras on Tuesday,while the euro saw 15.1692 liras. The British pound topped the 18-lira mark.

The levels later showed partial pullbacks.​​​​​​​


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