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Turkish Central Bank raises lira swap rate

The bank may limit interbank transactions and reduce the amount of overnight funding.
09.10.2020 - 13:18

Turkey's Central Bank increased the Turkish lira interest rate for swap transactions by 150 basis points on Friday.

The rate, the bank uses in weekly currency swaps, rose to 11.75% from 10.25%, according to information obtained by an Anadolu Agency reporter.

SWAP TRANSACTIONS RATES RAISED FROM 10.25 PERCENT TO 11.75 PERCENT

The bank's move came after that the US dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate hit the historical high of 7.955. The rate dropped to 7.91 after the move and it was around 7.93 currently.

The Central Bank has also raised its policy rate to 10.25% from 8.25% in September. The rate dropped 8.25% from 24% gradually since last year.

Cem Tozge, a strategist at the investment firm Ata Yatirim, said the move can be signal for a potential increase in the bank's Weighted Average Funding Cost in the coming days.