Poland, though, will still have to sort through the fallout from the sudden appreciation in the franc currency, which is problematic given that the Polish economy is home to $35 billion worth of franc-denominated mortgages. Year-to-date, the iShares MSCI Poland Capped ETF (NYSEArca: EPOL) and the Market Vectors Poland ETF (NYSEArca: PLND) both declined a little over 4%. [Swissie Surge Punishes Poland ETFs]
However, eastern European countries may begin to cut down their own borrowing costs in response to ECB actions, which could also bolster growth in their respective economies, according to Simon Quijano-Evans, head of emerging-market research at Commerzbank AG.
‘‘The message seems very clear: cut rates,’’ Quijano-Evans said in the article. ‘‘Otherwise we’re going to see this appreciation pressure on the currencies. You’re going to see disinflation or deflation pass-through to these countries as these are so highly interwoven with the euro zone.”
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Max Chen contributed to this article.