POLL-Hungary central bank to keep rates unchanged next week

By Gergely Szakacs

BUDAPEST, Oct 14 (Reuters)The National Bank of Hungary (NBH) is likely to leave its base rate and overnight deposit rate unchanged on Tuesday after weaker-than-expected September consumer prices data eased some concerns about inflation, a Reuters poll of economists showed.

All 22 analysts in the Oct. 12-14 survey said the NBH would leave its base rate on hold at 0.6% HUINT=ECI. The 10 economists who gave a forecast for the overnight deposit rate said it would also remain steady at -0.05% HUODPO=ECI.

Just two days after keeping rates on hold at its September policy meeting, the bank raised the interest rate on its one-week deposit facility by 15 basis points to 0.75% NBHK on Sept. 24 to arrest a slide in the forint EURHUF=.

Central Europe’s worst-performing unit firmed below the 360 per euro mark last week after data showed Hungarian

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South Korea’s central bank keeps rates steady as growth outlook sours

People cross a road in front of the Bank of Korea in Seoul on Aug. 27, 2020.

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South Korea’s central bank kept its policy rate steady on Wednesday as it sought to keep a lid on red-hot property prices, even as it expects the economy to see the worst contraction in over two decades in
2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bank of Korea kept the base rate steady at a historic low of 0.5%, as expected by all 34 economists in a Reuters poll. The central bank has cut rates by 75 basis points so far this year and ramped up bond-buying purchases to help the economy withstand the coronavirus fallout.

The decision to hold fire comes as Seoul’s median home prices have risen more than 50% in the past three years, despite slumping economic activity in 2020.

Asia’s fourth-largest economy

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Fed Rates Near Zero Didn’t Make These Credit Cards Any Cheaper

(Bloomberg) — U.S. retailers’ credit cards with the highest cost of borrowing kept the same rate in 2020 as last year even as the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates to near-zero, a report found.



a close up of a keyboard: Mastercard Inc. chip credit cards are arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Mastercard Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on October 28.


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Mastercard Inc. chip credit cards are arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Mastercard Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on October 28.

Credit cards from Big Lots Inc., Discount Tire and several jewelry retailers issued by Comenity Bank and Synchrony Financial maintained annual rates of 29.99%, creditcards.com said Monday in a statement. Ted Rossman, an analyst at creditcards.com, said two cards from Nordstrom Inc. issued by Toronto-Dominion Bank increased their average rates this year.

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Those retailers were exceptions, as most other cards cut rates from last year, according to the report from creditcards.com, an online marketplace and information hub. The average retail rate fell

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