Vol. 8 No. 2 (2015)

The Effect of the Economic Crisis on Foreign Currency Loan Holders

Published August 21, 2020
Adrien Noémi Lakatos
Annamária Horváthné Kökény
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Lakatos, A. N., & Horváthné Kökény, A. (2020). The Effect of the Economic Crisis on Foreign Currency Loan Holders. Economica, 8(2), 5–12. https://doi.org/10.47282/ECONOMICA/2015/8/2/4568

Since the appearance of the foreign currency denominated loan it has received a lot of good and bad criticism because - due to the crisis of 2008 - the exchange rate movements and the loan instalments increased. While the foreign currency credit was favourable at the time of borrowing, later it became a big problem for the borrowers. The crisis of 2008 was unexpected for the countries who have foreign currency loans, and who did not have crisis management mechanisms which could help to manage the crisis. Because of the crisis more and more people have got into trouble about their increasing loan instalments. Since 2008 the Hungarian government has been trying to help the Hungarian people with crisis management measures, like exchange rate pegging, home protection action plan, repayment at a fixed exchange rate, converting the loan into Hungarian forint, etc. Since February 2015 the compulsory conversion of loan into HUF has been in force and it has helped a lot of people having a foreign currency loan but there are still people who cannot take advantage of the settlement and need similar state help to decrease their credit burden. So unfortunately the problem of people having a foreign currency loan has not been solved completely but we are on the good track.