Fitch puts 13 Turkish banks on downgrade warnings By Reuters

Fitch puts 13 Turkish banks on downgrade warnings By Reuters
Fitch puts 13 Turkish banks on downgrade warnings© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The offices of Fitch Ratings building appears empty in Canary Wharf, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

LONDON (Reuters) – Credit rating agency Fitch has put 13 Turkish banks on downgrade warnings following a similar move on the government’s sovereign rating last week.

The moves come after three central bank interest rate cuts in quick succession despite inflation topping 21% has triggered a more than 40% slump in the lira since September.

“We believe that the risks to macroeconomic and financial stability and external financing could increase the likelihood of government intervention in the banking system,” Fitch said on its decision to put the banks’ ratings on a ‘negative outlook’ in a note dated Friday.

It added that the negative outlooks on banks with ratings driven…

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