Life business reverses growth trend
Despite the decline in the market’s life income in 2008, the number of life policies in force rose by 1.6% to over 3 million
Hungary’s financial sector remained stable despite the country’s economic climate in 2008 with a rise in the central bank’s
base rate from 6% to 10%, soaring balance of payments deficit and a 53% drop in the Budapest Stock Exchange (BUX) index. There
were very few company failures during the year, and the only departure from the insurance scene was the bankruptcy of the
small MAV Hungarian Railroad mutual which fell victim to under-pricing its motor business.
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