Key Events In EMEA Next Week - Saturday, March 20

No fireworks are expected from either the Czech or Hungarian central banks this week, but both countries are bracing for a rise in inflation over coming months. We expect two rate hikes from the Czech National Bank later this year.

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Hungary: No changes expected despite anticipated rise in inflation

In Hungary, the highlight of the week is the rate-setting meeting of the National Bank of Hungary. However, we are not expecting any fireworks from the monetary authority, and no change is expected in either the policy rates, framework or the hawkish commitment. The latter in particular should remain in place, given we are bracing for an inflation spike over coming months, with the headline reading set to jump above the central bank’s tolerance band. Despite this forecast, we expect the NBH to align with the Federal Reserve, being only reactive and signalling it won't act pre-emptively based on forecasts. Speaking of which, we see no major change in the Inflation Report when it comes to the macro outlook.

Czech Republic: CNB on hold next week

The Czech National Bank (CNB) is to stay on hold next Wednesday and should reiterate the latest board members’ comments that front-loaded tightening (i.e., in 2Q) is unlikely given the deteriorating Covid situation. Still, with inflation higher than the CNB's expectations and with 4Q20 GDP and wages also stronger, the case for tightening in 2021 remains intact. We look for two hikes in 4Q21.

Key events in EMEA

Source: Refinitiv, ING

Disclaimer: This publication has been prepared by the Economic and Financial Analysis Division of ING Bank N.V. (“ING”) solely for information purposes without regard to any ...

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