Turkish Central Bank
The Turkish Central Bank on Nov. 26 increased its lira swap sale limits from 50% to 60%.
The bank raised the swap auctions limit in the Turkish Lira Swap Market for Foreign Exchange, according to information received by Anadolu Agency.
Previously, the bank had increased the limit from 40% to 50% in May.
The limit has been increasing gradually since last April from 20%.
Turkey's current account balance posted a $5.06 billion gap in April, widening from a $469 million deficit in the same month last year, the Turkish Central Bank announced on June 12.
According to the balance of payments figures released by the bank, the country's 12-month rolling deficit totaled $3.3 billion.
The official reserves of the Turkish Central Bank reached $86.3 billion as of the end of April, the bank announced on May 28.
The April figure showed that total reserve assets slipped 6.3% from the previous month.
Foreign currency reserves in convertible foreign currencies fell 15.5% to $50.1 billion during the same period.
The Turkish Central Bank on May 22 boosted its lira swap sale limits from 40% to 50%, according to banking sources.
The bank increased the limit of the swap auctions in the Turkish Lira Swap Market for Foreign Exchange, as per a directive it sent to lenders.
Thus, the banks' flexibility in Turkish lira and foreign currency liquidity management will have further increased.
The swap deal limit between the central banks of Turkey and Qatar has been amended to $15 billion equivalent of the Turkish lira and Qatari riyal.
According to a statement from the Turkish Central Bank (CBRT) on May 20, the move aims to facilitate bilateral trade in respective local currencies and to support the financial stability of the two countries.
The Turkish Central Bank's reserves are adequate to meet short-term needs, the treasury and finance minister has said, highlighting that its gross reserves stood at $53 billion as of April 24.
"Our country has kept its current account balance [stable] and it is not in financial need from any channel," Berat Albayrak told daily Sabah on May 4.