Financial News

GREECE: Positive market reactions after election results

The initial reaction of the international markets after the recent election result in Greece was positive, as Greece moves away from the worst case scenario of leaving the Euro zone, which had already been assessed.

HUNGARY: NBH fears the Szell Kalman Plan 2.0 could lead to higher inflation and may increase the "black economy"

The Monetary Council of Hungary's central bank (NBH) has voted on April 24th to leave the key policy rate unchanged at 7.00%. Thus, it will be the fourth consecutive month when the indicator's value is kept at this level, asthe high volatility of risk perceptions and recent trends in underlying inflation continue to warrant a cautious policy stance. One of the main reasons of concern for the MC's members is the possible inflationary trend generated by the measures recently announced by the government with the Szell Kalman Plan 2.0.

Poland and Czech Republic have different views on joining the Euro-zone

Talking at a conference on central European economic policy in Prague, the governors of the Polish and the Czech central banks voiced differing views Friday, March 16th, on their countries' aspirations towards joining the euro, writes The Wall Street Journal. While Poland seems to maintain its commitment to joining the Euro-zone, although envisaging further political difficulties, Czech Republic shows a reluctant position and refuses to adopt a firm timeframe for the Euro adoption.

Moody's: 2012 survey shows Russian bank CFOs are cautiously optimistic

In its second survey of the Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of Russian banks, the views of 80 CFOs reveals broadly credit-positive expectations, says Moody's Investors Service in a new Special Comment published on March 27th. "Bankers are cautiously optimistic about the Russian economy and expect asset quality, profitability and capitalisation to remain stable. Although we share CFOs expectations on certain topics, the ongoing euro area crisis has the potential to exacerbate volatility in banks' performance and affect Russian GDP growth dynamics," explains Eugene Tarzimanov, a Moody's Vice President - Senior Analyst and author of the report.

Moody's: Slovakian banking system outlook changed to negative

The outlook on the Slovakian banking system has been changed to negative from stable, caused by the downside risks to economic growth and asset quality within the system, says Moody's Investors Service in a new Banking System Outlook published on March 27th. Moody's expects the Slovakian operating environment will weaken over the outlook period, amidst the broader European Union economic slowdown. This will exert pressure on asset quality, which, in turn, will dampen the banks' profitability. These factors are balanced against expectations of continued good system-wide liquidity and adequate capitalisation.

Gurria, OECD: Europe is stalling. It needs to get out of first gear and make growth the number one priority

Euro area finance ministers meeting this week need to boost the firepower of the European stability funds to at least one trillion euros, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said on March 27th. The current level of commitment to the rescue funds is not enough to restore market confidence, he said. A credible financial firewall will provide governments with the breathing space they need to focus crucially on revitalising Europe's economic growth and competitiveness.