Greek Bond Yields Close to 9% Well Above Sustainable Levels

Greek government bond yields spiked beyond 8 percent on Thursday morning, in a sign of growing concern about the country’s economic stability given the possibility of snap elections and plans to exit its bailout early.

The 10-year note was yielding 8.941 percent at 11.30 a.m. BST, well beyond the 7 percent-threshold which many analysts believe is unsustainable. It is the first time yields have passed this point since January. On Wednesday evening the sovereign note yielded 7.863 percent.

The volatility comes amid growing concerns about Athens’ plans to exit its bailout ahead of schedule. On Saturday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras won a confidence vote in parliament, forcing lawmakers to back his plans to exit its international aid program early — a prospect that is looking increasingly unlikely.

via CNBC

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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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