Turkey runs October current account deficit of $133 mln

Turkey runs October current account deficit of $133 mln

ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
Turkey runs October current account deficit of $133 mln

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Turkey ran a current account deficit of $133 million in October 2015, down from $2.3 billion in the same month of the previous year, according to a report the Turkish Central Bank released on Dec. 10.

“The current account deficit was at $133 million, indicating a narrowing of $2.176 billion from October of the previous year, the report said.

This brought the 12-month rolling deficit to $38.109 billion, the report said.

The sharp narrowing came after a current account surplus of $95 million was run in September.

“The current account deficit fell to the narrowest level since 2009 due to plunging commodities prices, especially that of oil, and a weakened currency that slowed imports,” Atılım Murat, associate professor from TOBB ETU University, told Anadolu Agency on Dec 10.

Murat pointed out the positive data came at a very useful time for Turkey, which is still facing ongoing political and security risks. “This will boost investors’ appetite to do business in Turkey,” he said.

“In this regard the current account data is good. I think, in the coming months, capital will start to come back to the Turkish market,” Murat said.

He said the upcoming interest rate hike expected from the U.S. Federal Reserve in December was already priced in at 90 percent by the markets. “A rate hike even might be beneficial for Turkey, as a strong dollar means weak commodity prices, which are good for Turkey,” he added.

Eurasia University associate professor Raci Hoşgör said that, despite challenges, the Turkish economy proved it was more resilient than many expected.

“I am optimistic about the future of foreign exchange reserves and the current account deficit. Also, I do not expect a significant reduction in capital flows after the FED decision; there even might be capital inflows stronger than current levels,” Hoşgör said.