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The Never Ending Plight of Greek Debt Drives CDS & Spreads High

ECB President Jean Claude Trichet made on Thursday a clear point on Greek Debt and the additional bailout. “ECB’s position does not change. Participation of private sector is voluntary. We don’t want a ‘selective default”. Trichet was speaking during a press conference and gave this answer when he was asked to comment about Dutch Finance Minister’s statement that “a voluntary participation is impossible”. Trichet’s statement was important then it give a framework for the Eurogroup to prepare a reportedly 100 billion euro additional bailout for Greece.

This clear guidance came to settle things down after  Charles Dallara,  the managing director of the Institute of International Finance, told Bloomberg “Greece’s creditors may be willing to risk a selective default of the country. It may well be that some rating agencies reach judgements that involve a selective default,” Dallara said in an interview and added “I don’t think that a temporary period of selective default as it has been narrowly framed for sovereigns in the past is necessarily the worst thing that could happen here”.

Dallaras’ surprising statement fell like a small bomb amid concern of worsening of the crisis within the eurozone. CDS and Spreads skyrocketed not only for Greece but also for Portugal and Ireland. Then while Portugal was downgraded in a sudden attack by Moody’s, there are rumors that Ireland might get attacked as well. Greece’s CDS went up to 2,200 basic points, while Portugal’s touched 1,065 and Ireland’s 935 b.p.

The Spreads of ten-year Greek bonds increased to 1,380 units, those of Portuguese and Irish bonds touched 1,000 units.

Meanwhile, the meeting of International financiers and European Union officials in Rome “failed to make progress on Thursday in securing a private sector contribution to a second bailout of Greece, as bond yields continued to climb because of concern about the scheme.” (Reuters).

While EU’s men-in-black prove unable to show political will and find  sustainable solutions for the potato they cooked inside the Euro Zone pots, uncertainty prevails with Greeks  losing control of their nerves and keep attacking their politicians… 

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  1. And now I also read that the EU want to try to prohibit the ratings agencies from including individual EU countries in their evaluations! Who do these Eurocrats think they are? We need checks and balances and although the ratings agencies are companies serving only their shareholders we need a voice on the global economy that isn’t controlled by governments. This policy, if implemented, would be yet another step on the road to an EU dictatorship. “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

  2. Nice analysis on The Economist

    In short:

    “That the view of private ratings agencies should matter so much is partly the fault of the Europeans themselves.(…) Their opinions matter principally because the European Central Bank (ECB) says it will not accept Greek bonds as collateral if the agencies declare they are in default.”

    “Greece may also be in default only for a matter of days or weeks. Ratings agencies are coy about how long this status might last but S&P has said that it would reassess after a “short time” and apply a new rating to Greece based on its expectation of the country’s ability to service its debt. Once it emerges from default, the ratings on the defaulted bonds would be lifted, too.”

    So, apart from Greeces internal problems there is no real other problem then politics and a ponzy game going on, it seems.