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National Bank raises base rate

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

Commenting on the rate hike announced by the National Bank on Tuesday, a left-wing columnist interprets National Bank President Matolcsy’s criticism of overspending as a declaration of war on the government. READ MORE

National Bank hints at rate hike

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

As the Hungarian National Bank announces plans to raise the base rate to keep inflation at bay, a left-wing analyst fears that families will be in trouble if they need to pay higher interest on mortgages. READ MORE

Forint expected to weaken further

Friday, October 16th, 2020

A senior financial analyst predicts that the Forint decline against the Euro will continue as a result of low interest rates. He suggests that both low rates and a weaker Forint are beneficial for Hungarian businesses. READ MORE

A new strategy at the Hungarian National Bank?

Friday, June 12th, 2020

An independent analyst suspects that the National Bank has abandoned its policy of keeping interest rates down at any price, in an effort to stabilize the exchange rate of the Forint. READ MORE

Hungarian economy shows no sign of slowdown

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

A well-known economic analyst praises the Hungarian National Bank’s loose monetary policy as well as the government’s fiscally conservative line. He believes that the macro environment is helping Hungarian growth and making the economy resilient to crises. READ MORE

New retail bond highly popular

Friday, June 14th, 2019

A pro-government commentator describes the government’s new retail bond scheme as a huge success. A left-leaning analyst, on the other hand, finds it controversial that tax revenue is used to pay for the favorable interest rates. READ MORE

MNB ends 7-year easing cycle

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
As the National Bank marginally increases one of its interest rates, commentators remark that its consistent policy of fuelling economic growth has been modified, but without being abandoned altogether.

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Forint stabilising after month-long drop

Friday, July 6th, 2018

A pro-government financial expert cautions the National Bank against yielding to market pressure and raising interest rates. READ MORE

Base interest rate cut to historic low

Friday, July 24th, 2015

As the National Bank concludes its easing cycle by cutting the base interest rate to 1.35 per cent, a conservative columnist contends that the MNB has helped economic growth significantly, and, despite leftist fears, the Forint has not been weakened by the rapid sequence of rate cuts.

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National Bank defiant

Friday, February 21st, 2014

A business daily thinks the Hungarian National Bank intended to flex its muscles  when it decided to cut its main interest rate again earlier this week, although the Forint lost approximately three per cent of its value to the main currencies over the past two weeks. READ MORE