Greece Manages to Buyback part of Debt at 34% of value

Greece has managed to buy back some of its debt, but did not succeed in reducing its total debt by as much as its backers had hoped.

Holders of Greek debt agreed to sell 31.9bn euros of bonds back to the country at 33.8% of their face value, Greece’s debt management agency said.

After 11bn euros is spent on the purchase, the country will be writing off about 20bn euros of debt.

The buyback was a condition of Greece getting more of its bailout cash.

The French finance minister Pierre Moscovici said the “satisfactory” results of the auction should mean the funds are released later this week.

Greece has been waiting since June for the loans, to help its heavily indebted economy stay afloat.

The investors will be paid in six-month bonds from the eurozone’s EFSF rescue fund.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

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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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