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Hungary Delivers Steepest Rate Hike Since 2008 Global Crisis

Jul 1, 2022

The National Bank of Hungary delivered the biggest rate cut since 2008, surprising the markets with the size of the move. The monetary decision came after the forint weakened to levels never seen before. The Hungarian central bank raised the base interest rate by 185 basis points to 7.75% this week and policy makers aligned […]

Hungary Delivers Unexpected Rate Hike as Forint Weakens to Record Level

Jun 17, 2022

The National Bank of Hungary surprised markets when it unexpectedly raised the key interest rate as monetary policy setters seek to put a floor under the sliding forint. In the face of double-digit inflation and massive wage increases, the central bank has to keep raising borrowing costs to keep Hungarian financial assets competitive. The National […]

Hungarian mortgage borrowers in hot water

Apr 1, 2022

The Hungarian central bank’s tightening cycle, the most aggressive in the European Union, has led to an increase in loan repayment obligations last seen in the 2008 financial crisis. Once the government’s interest rate stop on retail loans runs out at the end of June, hundreds of thousands of Hungarian families will experience a jump […]

Hungarian Central Bank Delivers Aggressive Rate Hike to Combat Inflation

Mar 25, 2022

The National Bank of Hungary raised massively the EU’s highest key interest rate as it seeks to tamper runaway inflation and bolster the forint. Analysts expect policy makers to continue raising borrowing costs as the war in Ukraine continues to rattle markets. The Monetary Council of the Hungarian National Bank (NBH) raised the central bank […]

War in Ukraine Sends Forint Plummeting, Central Bank Vows to Protect Currency

Mar 4, 2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent markets in the region into a whirlwind and pushed the Hungarian forint to a record low against the euro this week. The National Bank of Hungary said it would take the necessary measures to contain the impact of the Ukrainian conflict on financial markets. International market sentiment sank this week […]

Hungary lending boom may be nearing end, further slowdown on the horizon

Dec 3, 2021

Activity on Hungary’s credit market showed a general slowdown in October, even though bank lending rates only started to rise sharply in November. Given the rather aggressive monetary tightening pursued by the National Bank of Hungary, the coming months could bring an even more accentuated slowdown in lending. Activity on the Hungarian retail credit market […]

Record weak forint puts Hungarian central bank in tight spot

Nov 26, 2021

Record weak forint puts Hungarian central bank in tight spotThe Hungarian forint weakened to a record level against the euro this week and Hungarian government bond yields jumped amid a souring of international market sentiment and a surge in COVID-19 cases. The central bank raised the interest rate on its one-week deposit facility in an […]

Hungary’s central bank delivers aggressive rate hike to help forint

Nov 19, 2021

Faced with surging inflation and a weakening currency, Hungary’s monetary policy maker took decisive steps this week. The central bank raised the one-week deposit rate by 70 basis points after hiking the benchmark interest rate hike 2 two days earlier. The Hungarian National Bank (MNB) raised the benchmark interest rate by 30 basis points to […]

Hungary’s Runaway Inflation May Force More Aggressive Rate Hikes

Nov 12, 2021

The faster-than-expected increase in Hungarian consumer prices has taken the market by surprise and is prompting analysts to revise their inflation projections upward. Many believe that the nation’s central bank will be forced to tighten monetary conditions more aggressively than planned to tamper inflationary pressures in the economy. Hungarian consumer prices jumped 6.5% year on […]

Hungary’s Inflation Accelerates, Peak Expected in Fall

Sep 10, 2021

Hungary’s headline inflation picked up again in August, exceeding market expectations and bolstering the case for further interest rate increases. Analysts predict that the rate of inflation will remain above 5% in the coming months. After a remarkable slowdown in July, Hungarian inflation picked up at a quick pace in August. Consumer prices jumped an […]

Hungary’s Central Bank Hikes Rates as Governor Lambastes Economic Policy

Aug 26, 2021

The National Bank of Hungary delivered its third interest rate hike in as many months as monetary policy makers seek to slow the rate of price increases. Meanwhile central bank Governor György Matolcsy berated the government’s economic policy and called for a turnaround in competitiveness. The Monetary Policy Council of the National Bank of Hungary […]

Hungary Budget Deficit Widens as Central Bank Urges Structural Changes

Aug 13, 2021

Hungary’s budget deficit continued to widen on government stimulus measures, reaching nearly half of the increased annual target by the end of July. Meanwhile, the head of the nation’s central bank warned that a global economic crisis was looming large on the horizon and the government needs to undergo structural changes to respond to the […]

Hungary Raises Interest Rates for First Time in 10 Years

Jun 25, 2021

The National Bank of Hungary hiked interest rates this week, becoming the first monetary authority in the European Union to start monetary tightening as it seeks to tame inflation in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic. The bank indicated it would continue to raise borrowing costs due to inflation risks. The Monetary Council of the […]

Hungarian Currency Puts in Stellar Performance

Jun 4, 2021

Hungary’s forint broke multi-month records against the euro in recent days, fueled by rate hike expectations and a promising economic growth outlook. The currency gained ground even as a steadying US dollar cut international risk appetite. As inflation in Hungary and other central European nations is above central banks’ target levels, investors are betting on […]

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