Turkey's net FX reserves lowest in 18 years at $10.68 bln



ISTANBUL, April 8 (Reuters) - The Turkish central bank's net international reserves fell to its lowest level since 2003 at $10.68 billion as of April 2, from $12.79 billion a week earlier, data showed on Thursday.

The exchange rate used by Reuters on Thursday was 8.1707 compared to 7.9409 the previous week.

The reserves plunged last year as state banks sold off an estimated $130 billion to stabilise the lira, which still lost 20% of its value in 2020. Net forex reserves were around $41 billion at the end of 2019.

Analysts say the central bank used swaps with local banks in 2019 and 2020 to prop up its forex reserves. The unorthodox policy spooked foreign investors and raised the risk of a balance of payments crisis, though the bank pledged earlier this year to replenish the buffer.

Data showed the bank's outstanding swap transactions stood at $41.116 billion by Wednesday. The reserves are in deeply negative territory once the swaps are deducted.

Date

Net international

Net international

reserves(mln lira)

reserves (mln USD)

87,247

10,678

02-04-2021

101,546

12,788

26-03-2021

101,979

13,675

19-03-2021

81,562

10,956

12-03-2021

86,249

11,573

05-03-2021

100,164

13,926

26-02-2021

84,462

12,148

19-02-2021

94,192

13,379

12-02-2021

100,001

14,021

05-02-2021

29-01-2021

101,490

13,766

22-01-2021

82,148

11,126

15-01-2021

84,351

11,416

08-01-2021

99,097

13,625

01-01-2021

100,484

13,543

25-12-2020

118,321

15,530

27-12-2019

243,910

41,130

28-12-2018

159,352

30,130 Note: The figures are released every week on the central bank balance sheet as per a letter of intent with the International Monetary Fund dated 18 January 2002. The figures are released in Turkish liras and are converted by Reuters to U.S. dollars using the central bank's official exchange rate from the previous work day. (Compiled by Ezgi Erkoyun)

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