Magyar Nemzeti Bank

Magyar Nemzeti Bank Cuts Hungary’s Central Bank Interest Rates

March 23, 2016

The Bank Rate had been cut by 490 basis points between August 2012 and July 2014 to 2.10% and by an additional 75 basis points in 15-bp increments from March 2015 through July 2015 but paused at 1.35% thereafter until now.  Easing was resumed at this month’s meeting of the Monetary Council, and the amount […] More

Hungarian National Bank

February 23, 2016

The central bank monetary council agreed again to leave Hungary’s base rate at 1.35% but left the door open to possible further easing of an already accommodative stance.  In any case, there will not be any tightening in the forecast policy horizon since expected inflation is at an historic low according to a released statement.  […] More

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

January 26, 2016

Hungary’s base rate was left at 1.35% as expected after the first monetary council meeting of 2016.  This level represents a record low.  From March through July of last year, it was cut 15 basis points each monthly meeting and dropped to 1.35% from 2.10% as a result.  Today’s statement talks of slower growth, a […] More

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

December 15, 2015

The Hungarian base rate was left at 1.35%, its level since the last of five 15-basis point cuts engineered at consecutive meetings between March and July of this year. A released statement observes continuing spare capacity, inflation that remains substantially below the 3% target, historically low expected inflation and weaker-than-desired growth, and officials predict that […] More

Hungarian Monetary Policy Left Unchanged

November 17, 2015

Hungary’s central bank interest rate was kept at 1.35%.  A released statement notes continuing spare capacity and low inflation.  The output gap is not expected to close completely until the end of the forecast period, and stable inflation expectations in line with the target is seen.  “If the assumptions underlying the Bank’s projections hold, the […] More

A Fifth and Likely Final Consecutive Monthly Monetary Easing in Hungary

July 21, 2015

The monetary council at Magyar Nemzeti Bank engineered another 15-basis point cut in its base rate, matching reductions in March, April, May and June.  The new 1.35% level is a record low and unlikely to be raised before late 2016.  At the same time, officials as many analysts suspected changed their forward guidance to signal […] More

Magyar Nemzeti Bank Does Another Rate Cut of 15 Basis Points to Record Low of 1.50%

June 23, 2015

In the two year through July 2014, Hungary’s central bank policy rate fell 490 basis points to 2.10%.  After an 8-month hiatus, easing resumed this past March.  The key rate including today’s cut has fallen by 15 basis points after the last four consecutive monthly meetings of Hungary’s Monetary Council.  A statement today signals that […] More

Magyar Nemzeti Bank

May 27, 2015

The Hungarian central bank base rate was cut in a third straight month on Tuesday, and like reductions in March and April, the size of the move was 15 basis points.  The new level becomes 1.65%, and a statement explaining the latest action retains an easing policy bias. if the assumptions underlying the Bank’s projections […] More

Hungarian Monetary Policy Eased

March 24, 2015

Magyar Nemzeti Bank’s Base Rate was cut by 15 basis points to 1.95%.  This was the first reduction in eight months, and officials left the door open for the possibility of even more reductions ahead despite a baseline scenario calling for robust growth, a gradually diminishing output gap, and consumer  price inflation convergence upon an […] More

Magyar Nemzeti Bank Still in Pause Bode But…

February 24, 2015

During the two years through last July, Hungary’s central bank policy rate was lowered by 490 basis points to the current level of 2.10%.  Seven months have now passed since the last policy modification.  Today’s released policy statement, however, puts markets on notice to the possibility of a further easing of the stance as soon […] More

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