It's Official: Greece To Pay May 15 Bond Maturity

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier, we reported on media speculation that this was a done deal. We now get confirmation.


In other words, just as Zero Hedge predicted in January, non-Greek law bondholders, who did not comply with the PSI, had all the leverage.

And by the way, this is not Greece masking the decision. This is the international bondholder community strong-arming Greece behind the scenes, as non-payment on strong covenants bonds would be tantamount to a null and voiding of virtually the entire strong covenant sovereign bond market instantaneously.

And again: congratulation to all those who were not Steve Rattnered into agreeing to the PSI, and held out: the 135% annualized return is worth it. Just keep this in mind when the PSIs of Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy take places next.

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slaughterer's picture

Thank you Greece.  You know where to send the money.  

Doubleguns's picture

At this point the kicking is just around the cul-de-sac, not really going anywhere.

Aziz's picture

The international bond market can strongarm anyone they like, but if you don't have the money you can't pay.

The Big Ching-aso's picture



"Man who pay debt today he can't afford go broker tomorrow."



Thomas Anderson's picture

So the ECB and the outgoing Greek leadership guarantee debt repayment, the "bailout" is for the banks.  I'm sure once all or most of the banks who've agreed to the haircut on their Greece holdings are repaid by easy money from the ECB/German taxpayers, there'll be a default and not 1 cent will have gone to the Greek people.  The Ponzi scheme continues...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I heard they found some loose change in the bottom of the cookie jar. I paid my mortgage last month with what I found in the living room sofa cushions.

t_kAyk's picture

It was buried under all the garbage in the basement of the Athens Ministry of Finance. 

Manthong's picture

You have to wonder where the real Greek back door is.

chinaguy's picture

Don't worry "the check's in the mail" - LOL

carbonmutant's picture

Up next, bondholder litigation

Zero Govt's picture

Up next, bondholder liquidation/s

mayhem_korner's picture



To me, THIS is a credit event.

walküre's picture

How did they pay? Did the shipping oligarchs or the church leaders come to the rescue? Nobody else has any money.

Which Finance Min. is in charge? I thought they'd be without a government for now?


Doubleguns's picture

Dont worry he will be charged with theft soon enough.

GeneMarchbanks's picture

'How did they pay?'

That's the very beauty of the creditmoney system.

walküre's picture

Not that easy to do. ECB didn't come in guns blazing and making the payment.

So .... Greece HAS (some) money if they've got no other option BUT to make the payment.

Wondering if starving and austerity impoverished Greeks understand this?

GeneMarchbanks's picture

Perhaps. If you rule out outside involvement, then sure.

I, for one, do not believe in some fabricated story of 'secret' Greek capital, in the Church or otherwise. Who profits from having obscurantist 'money'? Hint: It ain't the church.

walküre's picture

It's a fact that the shipping oligarchs and the church are sitting on billions of cash. Most is parked outside Greece.

The church is tax exempt which is quite common, but the shipping oligarchs are tax exempt also.

Both groups are pretty well the largest owners of Greek assets and wealth. Wonder why?

Outside involvement is possible of course. But the people will demand to know how this payment was made TODAY when the country is officially bankrupt or close to it.

Someone will have to explain to them where the money came from. If that someone says, the payment came from the public purse that someone might as well hide for the rest of his / her life. If he/she says the money came from outside, then all other lenders will want to find out how that was possible.

So what are they going to tell the Greek people and the rest of the world? They can't hide this forever. Making the payment was a crucial mistake imo.

Zero Govt's picture

probably not. Cue another riot

ZeroPower's picture

ZH, ahead of the curve as per usual.  

Fox-Scully's picture

I wonder where they got or will get the money?  Should we ask Ben?

carbonmutant's picture

Looks like Juncker was right. "When it gets serious you have to lie"

Vince Clortho's picture

We all know where the "money" came from.

The show must go on.

Nothing is going to change until there are a sufficient number of people in the streets.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"And again: congratulation to all those who were not Steve Rattnered into agreeing to the PSI, and held out: the 135% annualized return is worth it. Just keep this in mind when the PSIs of Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy take places next."

Can I get in on some of that action? I have $50 from my paper route to blow.

Arius's picture

you got to incorporate into a bank first ...

Paper CRUSHer's picture

...........dammit that Wimpy dude was is tuesday.

crawldaddy's picture

yeah but wimply is still hungry.

Winston Churchill's picture

New verb added to ZH dictionary.

Rattnered :Verb,past tense; stolen :see  corzined.

Zero Govt's picture

nope, the bear is just taking a quick nap

Snakeeyes's picture

Good news, I guess. But look at the chart of OTHER Greece debt maturity.

Greece just excercised an option to default on future debt.

walküre's picture

I wouldn't bet on it.

When they need the money, they can find it somehow, somewhere from someone.

In the meantime, they go begging thou neighbours to pay the bills.

Greeks are crooks and shysters. Germany should cut them off the EU pronto and set the example.

Dr. Engali's picture

So once again intead of doing the right thing for the country the leaders of Greece decide to screw their people further.


 BY the way to all you are welcome for the money to pay your debts.


            An American Middle Class Tax Payer.

johnnynaps's picture

Also signed by my one-year old daughter.

Mugatu's picture

I bet the ECB had a cattle prod up the Greek Finance Minister's ass to get them to do this.  ECB must be worried about all those insolvent bank's collateral if Greece went into technical default.  


jmcadg's picture

Did they find the money under the rubbish in the Finance Ministry's room. Maybe there are some gold sovereigns under there too.

Village Smithy's picture

Let's wait until the parties that are owed the money tell us that they have been paid. Until then I wouldn't believe a thing I read.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

It's really quite simple....the Greek citizens should just murder the politicians owned by the bankers, and then tell said bankers to FUCK OFF.... the aversion to freedom baffles me....

Peter K's picture

Rules is rules :)

slackrabbit's picture

until they are passed retropectively ...

slackrabbit's picture

Only the lawyers won in this last ponzi. I bet most know they wont make this type of money again....well until the next time ;-)

Nobody For President's picture

Hey, 435 million euro down, only 6.2 billion to go - piece of cake!


Unleash Sausage!

Watson's picture

When the news of this event makes it to the average Greek citizen, that citizen going to think:

1. My (savings/pension fund) owned some of the Greek law bonds, which have lost most of their value; however
2. My pain is not shared by the (foreign) hedge fund managers who owned most of the foreign law bonds, because they have just been paid in full.

Isn't this the stuff of revolutions?

John Wilmot's picture

You know, if Greece could just charge a commission on all the money flowing through it, from Northern Euro taxpayers to Northern Euro banks, it might have a chance balancing its budget...

Herkimer Jerkimer's picture

When the rules only get to be applied when people feel like it, there are no rules.


The take-away on this is, I'd be takin' my marbles off the sovereign debt table and going home.


This is the biggest non-news of the day. The week?!


And while not pertinent now, when it comes time for the rest of the PIS on the plate then we'll see who's laughing.