Sources: Greece Pays IMF $836M Early

Greece paid about 750 million euros ($836 million) to the International Monetary Fund on Monday, a day before it was due, two Greek finance ministry officials told Reuters on Monday.

The payment averting the prospect of default that had shaken financial markets.  “The order to pay the IMF has been executed,” a senior Greek finance ministry official said.

Athens is close to running out of cash and there had been doubt about whether it would pay the IMF or choose to save cash to pay salaries and pensions later this month. Greece’s government in recent days had insisted it would honor its obligations, but officials in the past have warned the country may not have enough money to make the payment.