Rate-setters voted unanimously to hold at November meeting


The National Bank of Hungary's rate-setting Monetary Council voted unanimously to keep the central bank's key rate unchanged at 2.10% at a meeting on November 25, the condensed minutes of the meeting show.

After a rate-setting meeting in July, the Council said it had wound up an easing cycle started almost two years earlier. According to the minutes of the November meeting, the Council judged that "inflationary pressure could remain low in the mid-term".

"If the assumptions underlying the bank's projection held, achieving the medium-term inflation target pointed in the direction of maintaining current loose monetary conditions for an extended period," the Council said in the minutes, reiterating its stand since the end of the easing cycle.

The Council said a "cautious approach to policy was still warranted due to uncertainty about future developments in the global financial environment". The Council's next rate-setting meeting will take place on December 16.

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