MNB international reserves fall more than €1 bln in April

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The National Bank of Hungaryʼs (MNB) international reserves stood at €26.432 billion at the end of April, down €1.119 bln from the previous month, preliminary data released by the central bank today show, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

The decline followed a marked €4.164 bln drop in March, when FX transactions, mostly related to a maturing £500 million bond, reduced the international reserves by almost €1.2 bln, and redemptions of central bank swap contracts related to the phasing out of retail FX loans cut them by a further €2.9 bln. 

The MNB said earlier that it would reduce the level of international reserves as a matter of policy, simultaneous to a decline in Hungaryʼs short-term external debt. Measures that have shifted the financing of government debt to local banks and domestic retail investors, as well as a declining share of FX state debt and the conversion of retail FX loans into forints also support the reduction.

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