ANKARA

The Turkish Central Bank on Monday announced that its official reserves amounted to $83.8 billion as of the end of August.

Total reserve assets posted a fall of %7.2 in August versus the end of July, the bank’s international reserves and foreign currency liquidity report showed.

Foreign currency reserves — in convertible foreign currencies — totaled some $38.8 billion, down 14.1% compared to the previous month.

In August, the bank’s gold reserves — including gold deposits and, if appropriate, gold swapped — also down by 0.3% monthly to $43.4 billion.

Short term predetermined net drains of the government and central bank, including foreign currency loans, securities, foreign exchange deposit liabilities, increased by 2.8% to $25.6 billion, of which $20.3 billion were in principal repayments and $5.3 billion in interest payments, according to the report.

Additionally, outstanding foreign exchange and gold liabilities arising from the bank’s financial derivative activities with resident and non-resident banks recorded $64 billion, of which $26.3 billion is due in one month.

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