Banking & Finance Turkish central bank’s net forex reserves drop to $13.88bn By Reuters August 26, 2022 Sputnik/Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Pool via REUTERS The lira ended the year down 44 percent against the dollar in 2021, a slump which helped send inflation soaring to 79.60 percent in July, the highest under President Tayyip Erdogan's rule The Turkish central bank’s net international reserves fell $1.8 billion to $13.88 billion in the week to August 19, central bank data showed on Thursday, after hitting their highest level since late April a week earlier. The exchange rate used by Reuters on Thursday was 17.9688. Last month, the net forex reserves dropped to $6.07 billion, their lowest in at least 20 years, but had rebounded in recent weeks. Forex reserves have dropped sharply in recent years, most recently due to the billions of dollars the bank sold in market interventions in the wake of a currency crisis in December. The lira ended the year down 44 percent against the dollar in 2021, a slump which helped send inflation soaring to 79.60 percent in July, the highest under President Tayyip Erdogan’s rule. The currency is down more than 27 percent against the greenback this year. The central bank has met the market’s need for more than $30 billion of forex since December through its reserves, in addition to direct interventions in the forex market in 2019-2020, when it sold $128 billion to support the lira. In past years, the bank used swaps with local banks to backstop interventions, an unorthodox policy that spooked foreign investors and local savers. Data showed the bank’s outstanding swap transactions stood at $41.64 billion as of Wednesday. The reserves are in negative territory once the swaps are deducted.