The outstanding volume of foreign currency loans (FX lending) to private households fell by € 410 million or -4.3% adjusted for exchange rate effects in the second quarter of 2022. Outstanding volume has therefore fallen by € 1.59 bn or -15.4% in the last year. As of 30 June 2022, there was still however € 9.25 billion outstanding in foreign currency loans. Since the imposing of the ban on granting of new foreign currency loans in Autumn 2008, the outstanding volume has fallen by € 39.65 billion or -83.6%. The share of foreign currency loans at the end of the 2nd quarter 2022 as a proportion of all outstanding household loans fell to a mere 5.1%, one percent less year-on-year. At the height of the foreign currency loan boom in 2006, this share stood at 31.8%. These were the findings from the FMA’s Foreign Currency Loan Survey for the second quarter of 2022.
The long-term trend continues
“Foreign currency loans are a highly speculative financial product, exposed to a multitude of cumulatively occurring risks, The financial market turbulences that have been observed in recent years have demonstrated this dramatically and in a costly manner for many,” remarked the FMA’s Executive Directors, Helmut Ettl and Eduard Müller: “Foreign currency loans and loans with repayment vehicles are not suitable for the long-term financing requirements of private households. The ban of granting of new loans, which the FMA already imposed back in 2008, and the packages of measures for limiting the risks associated with such loans that are still outstanding have managed to sustainably blunt this financial threat for many Austrian households.”
97.7% of the foreign currency loans that were outstanding during the 2nd quarter were denominated in Swiss francs (the remainder is almost entirely denominated in Japanese yen), with the exchange rate during this period floating around 0.9960. The Swiss franc has appreciated by 66% since the start of 2008.
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