NEWS Finance        21/02/2020

Turkey’s external assets reached USD 250.6 billion as of December 2019

The Turkish Central Bank (TCMB) has reported Turkey's external assets as USD 250.6 billion as of the end of December 2019, which is an 9.4% increase on the figure as of 2018 yearend.

 

The Bank gave the following analysis of Turkey’s International Investment Position (IIP):

 

International Investment Position Developments - December 2019

 

According to the International Investment Position (IIP) at the end of December 2019, external assets recorded USD 250.6 billion indicating an increase of 9.4 percent compared to the end of 2018 and liabilities against non-residents recorded USD 599.5 billion indicating an increase of 0.3 percent.

 

The net IIP, defined as the difference between Turkey’s external assets and liabilities, posted USD -348.9 billion at the end of December 2019, in comparison to USD -368.5 billion observed at the end of 2018.

 

As regards to sub-items under assets, at the end of December 2019, reserve assets recorded USD 105.5 billion indicating an increase of 13.4 percent, while other investment recorded USD 94.5 billion indicating an increase of 6,5 percent compared to the end of 2018. Currency and deposits of banks, one of the sub-items of other investment, recorded USD 47.3 billion indicating an increase of 5.8 percent compared to the end of 2018.

 

As regards to sub-items under liabilities, direct investment (equity capital and other capital) at the end of December 2019 recorded USD 166.2 billion indicating 11.8 percent increase in comparison to the end of the previous year, with the contribution of the changes in the market value and foreign exchange rates.

 

Portfolio investment decreased by 2.9 percent and recorded USD 135.9 billion compared to the end of 2018. Non-residents’ equity holdings recorded USD 32.6 billion reflecting an increase of 10.5 percent compared to the end of 2018. Non-residents’ holdings of GDDS (Government Domestic Debt Securities) recorded USD 15.4 billion with a decrease of 16.6 percent. Outstanding euro bond holdings of non-residents posted USD 49.2 billion with an increase of 2.0 percent.

 

Other investment indicated a decrease of 3.7 percent to USD 297.5 billion compared to the end of 2018. FX deposits of non-residents held within the resident banks recorded USD 34.8 billion at the end of December 2019, reflecting an increase of 8.6 percent compared to the end of 2018, and TL deposits decreased by 2.9 percent recording USD 13.6 billion.

 

Total external loan stock of the banks recorded USD 68.5 billion decreasing by 15.4 percent compared to the end of 2018, and total external loan stock of the other sectors recorded USD 97.7 billion decreasing by 7.7 percent.”



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