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Hungary Banks May Assume More Currency-Loan Losses, Nemzet Says

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Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Hungarian banks may assume more foreign-currency losses on mortgages under a plan that could be agreed between lenders and the government as early as this weekend, Magyar Nemzet reported, without citing anyone.

Borrowers have already been given the option of paying installments on foreign-currency home loans at discounted rates of 250 forint per euro and 180 forint per Swiss franc until the end of 2014, accumulating the differential in separate accounts to be paid from 2015, the newspaper said.

The banks may now agree to a plan under which borrowers would repay only part of the debt that accrued from the currency differential, Magyar Nemzet said,

To contact the reporter on this story: Andras Gergely in Budapest at agergely@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gavin Serkin at gserkin@bloomberg.net

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