Provopoulos Confident Greece Will Meet ‘Very Ambitious’ Goals

Greek central bank Governor George Provopoulos said he’s confident the government will meet its “very ambitious” deficit-reduction goals and ward off any further credit-rating downgrades.

Rating agencies “want evidence that the plan is implemented on target” and “some time will need to elapse before they can form a better judgment,” Provopoulos, also a European Central Bank council member, said in an interview in Athens on Feb. 19. “I have full confidence” in the government meeting its goals, he said. “They have to succeed. And they will, I’m sure of that.”

Greece’s financial distress could be exacerbated at the end of this year when the ECB is due to revert to old collateral rules that were loosened during the global recession. If Moody’s Investors Service cuts its Greek credit rating to the same level as the other major ratings companies, Greek government bonds would no longer be eligible as collateral at the ECB, making it more difficult for the nation to borrow.

Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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