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MNB weekly QE purchases close to HUF 54 bln

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The National Bank of Hungary (MNB) bought HUF 53.6 billion of securities in the framework of a quantitative easing program in the week ended July 18, up from HUF 52.7 bln in the previous week, state news wire MTI reports, citing data published by the central bank.

Weekly purchase volume was around HUF 54 bln for the fourth week in a row after reaching close to HUF 60 bln nearly every week in the period since early February.

The latest weekly QE data show the central bank bought HUF 26.3 bln of government securities at auction and HUF 27.4 bln outside of auction. The bonds included HUF 24.1 bln of government securities with terms under 10 years.

The total purchases made in the framework of the QE program reached HUF 2.679 trillion on July 18, including nearly HUF 2.61 tln of government securities and HUF 69.3 bln of bonds from other issuers with government guarantees, such as the Hungarian Development Bank (MFB) and Magyar Eximbank.

The central bank's Monetary Council performed a revision on the program as assets approached the HUF 2 tln mark at a monthly policy meeting in April, but set no limit for total stock. The next revision will be performed when stocks reach HUF 3 tln, the council said. In the meantime, the policymakers said the MNB would continue to use the QE program "by maintaining a lasting presence in the market, taking a flexible approach to changing the structure of weekly securities purchases, to the extent and for the time necessary".

MNB launched the QE program in the spring of 2020 "to prevent damage...to monetary policy transmission and manage economic and financial risks arising from the coronavirus pandemic". The program has since been expanded to include securities with maturities under 10 years, while a limit on the volume of securities series MNB may purchase has been scrapped.

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