Hungary’s Currency Is Crashing And You Know The Eurozone Nations Are Jealous

Friday, November 26, 2010
By Paul Martin

Business Insider
Nov. 26, 2010

Hungary’s currency just fell by the most in nearly two months, as concerns over its ability to finance its budget get worse.


The forint slid as much as 1.4 percent, the most in seven weeks, and traded 1.2 percent weaker at 280.436 per euro as of 11:40 a.m. in Budapest. OTP Bank Nyrt. and oil refiner Mol Nyrt. led the BUX gauge of 12 stocks down 3.2 percent to 20,679.11, poised for the lowest close in five months.

Hungary, the first European Union nation to receive an International Monetary Fund bailout during the credit crisis two years ago, plans to shift 3 trillion forint ($14 billion) of assets from private pension funds into the state budget to help cut its deficit and public debt.

Bonds and stocks also fell as the nation remains in state of near-crisis. However, Hungary is no Greece or Ireland for at least one very important reason. It has its own currency, one which has been able to fluctuate freely as needed and has declined sharply vs. the euro (below) and the dollar (not shown) since March 2009.

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