Hungary’s Sovereign Debt Ratings May Be Cut to Junk by Standard & Poor’s

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Hungary’s sovereign credit grade may be cut to junk this month after Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services placed the country’s lowest investment grade on “CreditWatch with negative implications.”

    S&P is likely to make a decision this month on Hungary’s credit grade, currently at BBB-, the rating company said in a statement today. Fitch Ratings yesterday cut the outlook on Hungary’s lowest investment grade to negative from stable, joining S&P and Moody’s Investors Service.

    Hungary’s “unpredictable” policies, including the dismantling of checks on policies, levying of extraordinary industry taxes and forcing lenders to swallow exchange-rate losses on loans, are harming investment and growth at a time when the economic environment is deteriorating, S&P said.

    “A more unpredictable policy environment, stemming from a weakening of oversight institutions and some budgetary revenue decisions, will have a negative effect on economic growth and government finances,” S&P said. “Downside risks to Hungary’s creditworthiness are increasing as the external financial and economic environment is weakening.”

    Hum, Austrian, Italian and some other banks active in Hungary surely not amused about the Hungarian "policy mix".... :cool:
  2. Can't wait until the Hungarians pull a Putin and perform their own series of Yukos style quasi-illegal nationalizations.