Turkey central bank says it has no commitment to exchange rate as lira records historic low

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Turkish lira/Pixabay

The Xinhua reported, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) said Tuesday that it upholds its policy of implementing a floating exchange rate and has no commitment to “any exchange rate level” as the lira, the country’s currency, nosedived in forex markets to a record low.

In a written statement, the CBRT said that exchange rates are determined by supply and demand conditions according to free-market dynamics.

It stated: “Under certain conditions, the central bank may only intervene in excessive volatility without aiming any permanent direction.”

The bank also indicated the dramatic fluctuation in Turkish forex markets is divorced from the country’s economy.

Turkey-Istanbul bridge/Pixabay
Turkey-Istanbul bridge/Pixabay

The bank said: “In FX markets, unhealthy price formations are being observed that are unrealistic and completely detached from economic fundamentals.”

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It said, the CBRT “deemed it necessary to warn” the companies and citizens of the country against “possible losses by trading at values completely detached from economic fundamentals under extremely volatile market conditions.”

The Turkish lira’s exchange rate on Tuesday lost nearly 10 percent to 13.44 liras against the U.S. dollar before recovering some of its loss in late afternoon.

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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who supports interest rate cuts, said late Monday that Turkey was in a “war of economic independence.”

After the lira crash, Erdogan had an unscheduled meeting with the central bank governor in the late afternoon.

Source: xinhua