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Historic moment in Hungary: government bond yields turned negative at the latest auction

Historic moment in Hungary: government bond yields turned negative at the latest auction

Since the state of Hungary began borrowing, it has been unprecedented that creditors actually paid the state for the loan, Minister for National Economy Mihály Varga said. It is a great moment, he noted – adding that Hungary’s economic growth and future outlook have convinced market participants that it was worth investing in the country.

At a Tuesday auction, the Hungarian Government Debt Management Agency sold Discount Treasury Bills of HUF 15bn (EUR 50 million) at a yield of -0.02 percent, an historic low. The minimum, maximum and average yields of the bids were all negative, while the offered bonds were three times oversubscribed.

As the Minister emphasised, the Hungarian state budget was stable and sound, the debt-to-GDP ratio was declining steadily, and the share of state securities held by non-residents was also falling. Negative yields seen at the latest action are expected to persist.

Source: Ministry for National Economy – press release

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