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Fitch Downgrades Greece to 'Restricted Default' After Bond Swap Deal

Friday, 09 Mar 2012 10:31 AM

 

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The Fitch ratings agency has downgraded Greece to "restricted default" after the country secured a strong majority of private creditors to participate in a bond swap deal that will wipe off about euro105 billion from its national debt.

Friday's move was expected, with ratings agencies having said they considered the bond swap deal to be a default.

The two other major ratings agencies, Moody's and Standard & Poor's, have already downgraded Greece to default level.

Following weeks of intense discussions, the Greek government said Friday that 83.5 percent of private investors holding its government bonds were participating in a bond swap. Of the investors holding the 177 billion euros ($234 billion) in bonds governed by Greek law, 85.8 percent joined.


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