Officials from Turkey's Competition Authority visited several banks late on Jan. 17 to analyze computers as they opened a wide-ranging probe of trading in the financial sector, according to three bankers. The competition authority said it was conducting “preliminary research” into banks, adding it could not say more about the effort until the process is completed.
The manufacturer Boeing had fault in the crash of a Boeing 737-NG from the Turkish Airlines fleet in 2009, The New York Times reported. The aircraft was an earlier version of the Boeing 737-Max, the grounded plane that killed 346 people in crashes in Indonesia and Malaysia. Expert reports that are unavailable to the public revealed "risky design choices and faulty safety assessments" on the part of Boeing.
653 electricity projects that were part of an investment program failed to start in 2018, according to an inspection report of the Turkish Electricity Transmission Corporation (TEİAS) that was prepared by Turkey's Court of Accounts.
Housing sales have decreased by 1.9 percent in 2019, the Turkish Statistical Institute revealed. While 1,348,729 residences were sold in 2019, one third of these sales were mortgages. Istanbul was the city with the highest number of residences sold with 237,675 sales, followed by Ankara and İzmir. Residential sales to foreigners went up by 14.7 percent, reaching 45,483.
Total assets of the Turkish banking industry have decreased by over 21 billion liras in the beginning of the year, revealed weekly money and banking statistics by the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (TCMB). The dip represents a decrease of about 0,8 percent of assets. Turkish Lira assets took majority of the hit with a 0,71 percent decline while foreign currencies dropped by a mere 0,32 percent.
Turkey's private sector was in more than 210 billion dollars of foreign debt at the end of November 2019, revealed the Central Bank. While $10.2 billion of the total is floating debt, almost $200 billion of the total debt is in long-term loans. While 60.9 percent of the foreign loans were in dollars, the second largest slice was euro, making up 33.7 percent.
The Turkish Competition Authority has launched a probe into more than 20 local and foreign banks over possible violations in foreign exchange and other services, Turkish media outlets said late on Jan. 17.
India will be curbing its steel and oil imports from Turkey due to criticisms by the latter targeting India's policies in the Muslim-majority Kashmir. India seized Kashmir's autonomy in an attempt to gain increased control over the province: Internet has been indefinitely suspended in the region and arrests of activists and politicians are widespread. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that the people of Kashmir were “virtually under blockade."
Turkey’s central bank cut its benchmark rate for the fifth time in six months, as its new governor continued to ease policy. The bank cut its key rate to 11.25 percent from 12 percent.
According to data obtained from General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre, a total of 6,694 foreigners obtained certificates of conformity in order to become Turkish citizens via purchasing real estate. The lower limit for granting citizenship via real estate purchases was decreased to $250,000 in September 2018 from one million dollars in 2017, prompting an increase in foreign investments.
Muzaffer Aksoy, chairman of the Turkish-Libyan Business Council, said that Turkey plans to sign by February a preliminary $2.7 billion compensation deal for work carried out in Libya before the 2011 civil war. "Work on the MoU regarding the old contracts is reaching an end. The problem of unpaid debts, damages and a letter of guarantee will be solved," Aksoy told Reuters in an interview.
Istanbul's stock exchange Borsa Istanbul will remain open until 11 p.m. soon, said President Mehmet Hakan Atilla, adding that the late hours of operation will allow for investors in different time zones to trade.
Water prices have increased by up to 330 percent in Diyarbakır. This raise was introduced by the municipal council formed by the trustee who replaced elected Mayor Selçuk Mızraklı. The price hikes were decided during a municipal council that was held Dec. 27. The public wasn't informed of the changes.
Turkey's Competition Authority fined five medical companies that produce medicine used in chemotherapy. Six companies were investigated for collusion during a bid, while one was cleared.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have launched the TurkStream pipeline, which will deliver Russian gas to Turkey and further to southern European states. The pipeline project, stretching 930 km across the Black Sea, reinforces strong energy ties between Moscow and Ankara, which have also increased defense cooperation after Turkey bought advanced Russian missile defenses.