Holders of Greek bonds out of luck

Do you own any Greek government bonds? I suggest you find another use for them - perhaps as napkins or scratch paper. They are, as of today, about as valuable as a roll of Charmin: Greece's credit rating was cut three steps by Moody's Investors Service, which said the European Union's rescue for the debt-laden nation will cause substantial losses for investors and amount to a default. Greece's long-term foreign currency debt was downgraded to Ca, its second-lowest rating, from Caa1, the company said in a statement in London today. Moody's said it will reassess the risk profile of any outstanding or new securities issued by Greece after the debt exchange that's part of the new rescue plan has been completed. "The combination of the announced EU program and the debt exchange proposals by major financial institutions imply that private creditors will experience substantial losses on their holding of Greek government bonds and this is something we need to reflect in the rating,"...(Read Full Post)