Turkey Tells Banks to Slow FX Buying in Latest Lira Defense

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Turkey Tells Banks to Slow FX Buying in Latest Lira DefenseTurkey told banks to wait one day before settling some large foreign-currency purchases, the latest move to defend the lira as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party seeks to keep control of Istanbul in a controversial rerun of local elections. The bank regulator told lenders to settle all retail transactions valued at $100,000 or higher one working day later, instead of the current practice of doing it on the same day, according to a document sent to banks on Monday, which was seen by Bloomberg and verified by three bankers. The lira didn’t immediately react after posting gains earlier on Monday.

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