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The CBRT Increased Foreign Currency Reserve Requirements


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Recent Development

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (the
CBRT”) amended Communiqué No.
2013/15 on Mandatory Reserves (the
Amendment“).

What’s New?

Previously, the CBRT had taken many steps, including but not
limited to reserve requirements, to combat the impact on the
economy of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This time, the CBRT adjusted the reserve requirements in
accordance with the normalization process.

Pursuant to the Amendment, reserve requirement ratios have been
increased by 300 basis points in all foreign currency liabilities
for all banks.

As of July 10, 2020, the following foreign currency reserve
requirement ratios are applicable to banks that are not eligible to
benefit from reserve requirement incentives:


























Deposits and participation funds
(except offshore bank deposits and participation
funds)

Previous ratio Current ratio
a) without a term, at notice or with a term of up to one month,
three months, six months and one year
19% 22%
b) with a one-year or longer term 15% 18%
Borrowers’ funds 19% 22%
 

Other obligations (including offshore bank deposits
and participation funds)

Previous ratio Current ratio
a) with a term of up to one year (including one year) 21% 24%
b) with a term of up to two years (including two years) 16% 19%
c) with a term of up to three years (including three
years)
11% 14%
d) with a term of up to five years (including five years) 7% 10%
e) with a term longer than five years 5% 8%

 

As of July 10, 2020, the following foreign currency reserve
requirement ratios are applicable to banks that are eligible to
benefit from reserve requirement incentives:


























Deposits and participation funds
(except offshore bank deposits and participation
funds)

Previous ratio Current ratio
a) without a term, at notice or with a term of up to one month,
three months, six months and one year
12% 15%
b) with a one-year or longer term 8% 11%
Borrowers’ funds 12% 15%
 

Other obligations (including offshore bank deposits
and participation funds)

Previous ratio Current ratio
a) with a term of up to one year (including one year) 16% 19%
b) with a term of up to two years (including two years) 11% 14%
c) with a term of up to three years (including three
years)
6% 9%
d) with a term of up to five years (including five years) 2% 5%
e) with a term longer than five years 0% 3%

Conclusion

Banks are retrospectively subject to amended reserve requirement
ratios as of July 10, 2020.

With the Amendment, the CBRT aims to support financial
stability. As a result, approximately USD 9.2 billion of foreign
currency and gold liquidity is expected to be withdrawn from the
market.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.

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