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Former National Bank President predicts restrictions 

Saturday, January 8th, 2022

György Surányi, who served as President of the National Bank under a socialist-liberal government in the 1990s, sees monetary and fiscal restrictions as necessary. A pro-government economist dismisses the suggestion and accuses Surányi of serving foreign interests. READ MORE

Mortgage interest rates capped

Friday, December 24th, 2021

The leading independent online business news outlet doubts that the government’s decision to freeze mortgage interest rates will help to keep surging inflation at bay. READ MORE

Dispute over Hungary’s economic outlook

Saturday, December 11th, 2021

A left-wing commentator fears that the government’s spending policies will further fuel already rampant inflation. A pro-government analyst quotes two independent analyses to justify his confidence that Hungarian growth will skyrocket. READ MORE

National Bank raises its base rate

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

A financial analyst admits that the issuing bank is taking inflation more seriously than so far but is only cautiously optimistic about the success of the moderate shift in the National Bank’s monetary policy. READ MORE

National Bank’s rate hikes deemed necessary

Friday, September 3rd, 2021

An independent economist welcomes the National Bank’s base interest rate hikes and the announcement of incremental tapering. He believes that returning to more orthodox monetary measures will help Hungary prepare for future financial turmoil. READ MORE

Matolcsy cautions against rushed introduction of Euro

Friday, August 6th, 2021

A left-wing commentator disagrees with the National Bank governor, who does not consider as timely the adoption of the common European currency. A conservative economist remarks that Hungary cannot in any case rapidly introduce the Euro – thanks to the previous Socialist-Liberal governments. READ MORE

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

Monetary experts warn against high debt

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

Two chief economists of the Hungarian National Bank dismiss the suggestion, broadly held among left-wing US economists, that governments have no reason to worry about high levels of public debt. 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