Hungary faces crisis as traders fear bond debt default

The Daily Telegraph UK: The Budapest government saw borrowing costs soar and the currency plunge as traders bet that international authorities may abandon Hungary, letting it become the first European Union country to default on its debts.
The florint fell more than 1pc to a record low against the euro and bond yields soared over 10pc. The Hungarian government, which has defied Brussels by introducing a raft of radical constitutional reforms, called off its plans to swap old debt for new because it would be too expensive.
Euro break up
Traders, already rattled by the advancing eurozone debt crisis, including a drastically discounted rights issue by UniCredit, were unnerved by the emergence of a new front in central Europe. France’s CAC index fell 1.6pc, while Germany’s Dax and the FTSE 100 dropped 0.6pc each.

Elsewhere, Spain’s banks will be required to find an extra €50bn in provisions against potential losses from devalued property, as reported in the Financial Times.

“These events can have a habit of sparking up from being ‘too local and too small’ for major players to care about to sudden more unpredictable eruptions of risk contagion,” 4Cast analysts said in a note.

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