Regional markets stay in a calm mode as the Hungarian fixed-income continue to digest a new NBH plan, while it awaits tomorrow’s interest-rate setting meeting. Recall that the transformation of the 2-week NBH bills to 2-week deposit will exclude foreign investors. Only who undertake to extend credit in the Hungarian economy and play role in the Hungarian job preservation are eligible to participate init. As NBH president Matolcsy stated the 2-week deposit has to be cut to HUF 3600bn from 4500bn. However, the latest non-standard measure might bring some setback as according EU sources said the plan of György Matolcsy may infringe the EU's fundamental rule on the free movement of capital.
Meanwhile, Czech Miloš Zeman grab some attention on the weekend as he said that the Czech Republic could join the eurozone within about five years and that he would like to see greater Czech participation in the EU integration process. We do not rule out such a scenario, because the domestic political landscape is not so hostile to the idea of the euro adoption (contrary to the public). On the other hand it is too early to say, whether there be any specific target for the euro adoption soon.