Daily Sabah (Turkey)

External assets total $298.1B at 2021-end

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TURKEY ended 2021 with external assets worth $298.1 billion (TL 4 trillion), down 16.6% from the end of 2020, according to data released by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) on Friday.

Liabilitie­s against nonresiden­ts fell 17.5% to $528.3 billion during the same period.

The net internatio­nal investment position (NIIP) – the difference between external assets and liabilitie­s – is a $230.2 billion deficit at the end of December, versus $384.8 billion deficit at the end of 2020.

The NIIP, which can be either positive or negative, is the value of overseas assets owned by a nation, minus the value of domestic assets owned by foreigners, including overseas assets and liabilitie­s held by a nation’s government, the private sector, and its citizens.

Reserve assets, a sub-item under assets, jumped 19.2% to $111.2 billion, the data showed.

Other investment­s, another sub-item under assets, totaled $126.1 billion with a rise of 16.4% from the end of 2020.

“Currency and deposits of banks, one of the sub-items of other investment, recorded $50.9 billion, indicating an increase of 21.5% compared to the end of 2020,” the bank said.

On the liabilitie­s side, direct investment­s-equity capital plus other capital at the end of December 2021 amounted to $122.2 billion.

The figure was down 47% from the end of the previous year “with the contributi­on of the changes in the market value and foreign exchange rates,” the bank said.

The U.S. dollar/Turkish lira exchange rate was around 13 at the end of 2021, significan­tly higher than the figure of 7.35 at the end of 2020.

Nonresiden­ts’ foreign exchange deposits were up by 4.1% to $34.7 billion, while Turkish lira deposits dropped by 38.3% to $9.7 billion.

The total external loan stock of banks amounted to $66.9 billion, down 6.5% from the end of 2020, while total external loan stock of other sectors grew by 1% to $96.7 billion, according to the central bank.

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