Turkey exempts Euroclear, Clearstream from lira limitations

Turkey’s banking regulator said on Wednesday it would exempt Euroclear Bank and Clearstream Banking from recently-imposed limits on lenders’ lira transactions with foreign financial institutions.

The BDDK watchdog earlier this month limited banks’ Turkish currency placements, depo, repo transactions and loans with foreign financial institutions to 0.5% of their legal capital.

Clearstream Banking said last week that transactions in lira over its Bridge settlement platform can no longer be settled under satisfactory conditions due to liquidity restrictions on the currency.

The BDDK said the move was meant to protect the clearing of lira-denominated bonds and sukuk, and to ensure Turkish lira securities are traded efficiently. 

Thus today’s more by the Turkish banking regulator should be regarded as sending an olive branch as Turkey want to keep foreign investment inflows, barring no tolerance for excessive short-selling which of course twists trading activities still.