Greece

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Greece Default Risk Surges





Greece 5 Year CDS up 28 to 269 bps. The all time high for the country was on January 20 at 292 bps, which was before Bernanke decided to have US taxpayers bailout the world.

Update: S&P just slashed the banks which Citigroup Crameresquely tells its clients to Buy, Buy, Buy.

 
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Greece - A Line in the Sand?





How big a deal is Greece? Potentially real big. This story has all the pieces for something to get out of control. If the potential for chaos exists, the markets tend to gravitate towards it. Every day we seem to get a bit closer.

 
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Is The PIIGS Moment Of Fracking Approaching? S&P Joins Sovereign Risk Brigade, Downgrades Greece To BBB+





More bad news for a troubled Greece. More bad news for a troubled Greece. And all this happening even as finance minister George Papaconstantinou says that Greece "is not banking and not operating under the assumption" that the Hellenic country will be bailed out by its Eurozone neighbors. He has certainly studied the Dick Fuld script well.

 
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Greece Enters Twilight Zone As It Announces 90% Banker Bonus Tax Plans, Expectations For Sub 3% Deficit By 2013





Developing story as highlights from George Papandreou's speech become available. Some notable snippets include his desire to cut deficits below 3% of GDP by 2013 (good luck), a cut in debt sovereign starting in 2012, and, most notably, a limitation on banker bonuses in the form a 90% bonus tax.

More headlines: Greek PM says will privatise companies not essential to the state, will proceed with state asset sales

 
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With Dubai Temporarily Contained, All Eyes Shift To Greece





Today at 7pm, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will address “the economy, the productive model, the credibility of the state mechanism, the confidence of our European partners and, above all, the daily life and prospects of Greeks." The reason for this extraordinary measure (keep in mind this is Greece, not D.C., where the president provides hourly updates on the latest BLS releases) is the recent plunge in Greek stocks and government bonds, and culminating with several rating agencies either downgrading the country (Fitch) or putting it on downgrade review (S&P). Most recently, the yield on Greek 10 years hit 5.295% on concerns the country's fiscal deficit of 12.7% will makes its already extreme leverage even more unmanageable. And the biggest wildcard: the massive reliance of Greek banks on ECB repos backed by potentially soon to be much lass valuable government debt.

 
Bruce Krasting's picture

Greece, China, USA and the Euro - All Connected?





Some thoughts on where the Greece story may go. Two possible outcomes. They both have significant impacts.

 
Tyler Durden's picture

Daily Credit Summary: December 8 - Greece'd Darkening





Spreads ended the day mixed in the US today with very low intraday ranges and only marginal moves as HY just outperformed IG. Breadth was modestly negative as TMT and CONSumer names underperformed. We note that credit has outperformed equity in the last couple of days as the dollar has sprung higher and perhaps this is another of the coal-mine's canaries that risk-aversion (think steam behind the run) is hitting stocks.

 
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S&P Prepares To Cut Greece Rating For Second Time In One Year, Here Comes BBB+





Greece was placed on Creditwatch with Negative Implications by S&P, noting that the country's A- rating may be cut within 2 months. Greece CDS has widened by 11 bps to 194 on the news, and Greece now accounts for 19.7% of all SovX risk currently.

 
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Greece Plunges, Stock Market Down 7%+, CDS 20 Wider To 212





Contagion effect is spreading as the weakest link in the Eurozone catches fire.

 
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Downgrade Watch: First Greece, Then Spain, Now Portugal... Make it Stop





Well, can't say we didnt see it coming. Portugal was downgraded with impunity by S&P from AA- to A+ on the belief that "the government's structural reform measures relating to the economy and public finances have proven insufficient to bring about convergence with the 'AA' peer group." And what a high quality peer group it is.

 
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Downgrade Watch: First Greece, Then Spain, Now Portugal... Make it Stop





Well, can't say we didnt see it coming. Portugal was downgraded with impunity by S&P from AA- to A+ on the belief that "the government's structural reform measures relating to the economy and public finances have proven insufficient to bring about convergence with the 'AA' peer group." And what a high quality peer group it is.

 
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Death Watch: Greece, and What Its Default Could Mean





The biggest threat to the U.S. Obama rally and the miracle recovery proposed by Democrats in the $825 billion bail out package may possibly reside about 6,000 miles away in Greece.

 
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Death Watch: Greece, and What Its Default Could Mean





The biggest threat to the U.S. Obama rally and the miracle recovery proposed by Democrats in the $825 billion bail out package may possibly reside about 6,000 miles away in Greece.

 
Tyler Durden's picture

Death Watch: Greece, and What Its Default Could Mean





The biggest threat to the U.S. Obama rally and the miracle recovery proposed by Democrats in the $825 billion bail out package may possibly reside about 6,000 miles away in Greece.

 
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