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Greek state bond prices rise significantly, yields drop to historic lows

Featured Greek state bond prices rise significantly, yields drop to historic lows

Greek state bond prices rose significantly, with the 10-year bond yield falling to new historic lows in the domestic electronic secondary bond market on Monday.

The 10-year yield fell to 1.137 pct from 1.31 pct on Friday, with the five-year bond yield falling to 0.32 pct from 0.43 pct, respectively. Traders attributed this development to a decision by Fitch on Friday to upgrade the country's credit rating by one notch to BB from BB- and the country's credit rating outlook to positive from stable. This development faciliates the country's new return to international capital markets with a 15-year bond issue.

Fitch analysts take it for granted that the Greek government will renegotiate a fiscal target from 2021 onwards as part of an agreed process with European institutions, which will be based on the country's fiscal and growth performance and the implementation of reforms. A reduction of targets by one percentage point of GDP could give a significant boost to the economy. They also envisage that the general government's debt will fall to 161 pct of GDP by 2021 from 181.2 pct of GDP in 2018.