Net int'l investment position improves in October

Net int'l investment position improves in October

ANKARA-Anadolu Agency
Net intl investment position improves in October

Turkey's net international investment position (NIIP) performed better in October, up 7.9 percent versus the end of 2018, the country's Central Bank said on Dec. 18. 

The NIIP -- the difference between a country's external assets and liabilities -- was minus $341 billion as of the end of October, while it was minus $370.4 billion at the end of last year, according to the bank.

Turkey's foreign assets totaled $247.7 billion, rising 8.1, while its liabilities against non-residents amounted to $588.7 billion, down 1.8 percent during the same period.

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.

The bank data showed that Turkey's reserve assets widened 12.4 percent to hit $104.6 billion, and other investments in the same period rose 4.8 percent to $93 billion in October compared to the end of 2018.

The sub-item other investments, currency, and bank deposits amounted to $46.5 billion, indicating a 3.9 percent rise in the same period.

On the liabilities side, direct investment at the end of October hit $156.6 billion, going up 5.3 percent in comparison to the end last year "with the contribution of the changes in the market value and foreign exchange rates."

In 2018, the average USD/Turkish lira rate was around 4.82, while one dollar was exchanged for 5.79 Turkish lira on average this October.

"Total external loan stock of the banks recorded $69.1 billion decreasing by 15.3 percent compared to the end of 2018, and total external loan stock of the other sectors recorded $101.7 billion decreasing by 4.6 percent," the bank said.

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