MNB leaves interest rate unchanged at 2.1%
Hungary’s main interest rate remains unchanged at a record low of 2.1% after yesterday's rate-setters meeting, and the MNB substantially reduced next year’s inflation forecast to 0.9%, down from a 2.5% forecast in September, Dow Jones said.
Addressing current conflicts in the neighboring regions, particularly between Russia and Ukraine, the MNB said: "A currency weakening in the wake of [geopolitical tensions] could increase inflation pressures, which may warrant tighter monetary policy to reach the inflation target." MNB added that it expects to reach a rate of 2.9% in 2016 just 0.1% shy of its target while it anticipates that GDP growth will slow in 2016 to 2.1%.
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