Wednesday Jan 28, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
13o C
7o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Moody's cuts Cyprus sovereign rating two notches to Ba3

Moody's Investors Service cut its credit ratings on Cyprus' sovereign debt by two notches on Wednesday, citing rising risks of a Greek exit from the euro currency and an already strained fiscal position.

The speculative grade credit for the European Union member, which is third-smallest economy in the euro zone, is also on review for further downgrade, Moody's said in a statement.

Cyprus, most of whose population is Greek Cypriot, has close cultural, business and political links with Greece. But that relationship has not been without difficulties as Greece's economy has crumbled.

The weak credit position is exacerbated by limited access to international markets, Moody's said.

Moody's rating cut, to Ba3 from Ba1, takes into account a new assumption that Cyprus will need to contribute capital support to its banking system in excess of a prior estimate of 5 to 10 percent of gross domestic product.

On Tuesday, Moody's cut the credit ratings on two Cypriot banks and put them on review for possible further downgrade because of the rising risks of a Greek exit from the euro zone. A third bank's rating was held but also put on review for downgrade.

Greece goes to the polls on Sunday, June 17 to vote in parliamentary elections after an inconclusive outcome in May. That previous election raised the possibility that a new government could backtrack from an agreement with European partners for a 130 billion euro bailout package.

A bigger risk of a euro exit by Greece could lead to faster withdrawals of deposits from Cypriot banks' Greek branches, thereby straining liquidity. If there were to be an exit, a redenominated Greek currency would likely trigger a default in Greece that «would materially weaken» the solvency of Cyprus' banks, Moody's has said.

Cyprus is rated BB-plus with a negative outlook by Standard & Poor's, two notches above Moody's new rating. Fitch has Cyprus at investment grade, albeit one notch away from junk status at BBB-minus, also with a negative outlook.

[Reuters]

ekathimerini.com , Thursday June 14, 2012 (08:42)  
Greek tourism rise outshines global gains
Dritsas announces cancellation of OLP sale
Electric shock in energy industry
Property levies inflict serious blow to housing market
Police looking for two more suspects in Xeros case
Two people arrested last week on suspicion of being accomplices of Savvas Xeros and assisting him in plans to help members of the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire terrorist group escape from ...
Tsipras unveils anti-austerity cabinet
Greece’s new SYRIZA-led coalition government was sworn in on Tuesday with economist Yanis Varoufakis taking the crucial post of finance minister in a slimmer cabinet including members of the...
Inside News
SOCCER
PAOK strikes deal with Portugal´s Ricardo Costa
PAOK announced on Tuesday its agreement with Portuguese international defender Ricardo Costa. The Thessaloniki club added that the player is expected on Wednesday to undergo a medical test a...
BASKETBALL
Basket League favorites survive challenges on the road
PAOK consolidated its position in the top three of the Basket League with a triumph at AGO Rethymnou on Saturday, while Olympiakos and Panathinaikos emerged victorious from their tough away ...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Greece, where everyone´s a winner
Whether a tradition or simply a bad habit, we have trouble finding a loser in any electoral race, a party leader who will openly concede defeat without trying to mitigate it with excuses. Th...
EDITORIAL
Political faux pas
Democracies have rules and institutions that must be respected and served by all who represent them. Most people can appreciate that politicians who have worked hard for the past two-and-a-h...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. PAOK strikes deal with Portugal´s Ricardo Costa
2. Greek tourism rise outshines global gains
3. Dritsas announces cancellation of OLP sale
4. Electric shock in energy industry
5. Property levies inflict serious blow to housing market
6. Uncertainty on new tax system
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greek Elections 2015: Forming a government, Part 1 | LIVE
2. Greece, where everyone's a winner
3. Three days of mourning declared over death of two Greek pilots in Spain
4. Greek uncertainty weighs on low-rated eurozone bonds
5. Political faux pas
6. Europe stocks fall from seven-year high; Greek bonds drop
Today
This Week
1. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
2. SYRIZA heads for historic victory but without majority
3. Greek Elections 2015 | LIVE
4. Greeks fork out nearly 5 pct of their incomes on telecom services
5. Unsupervised voting
6. QE exclusion a ‘de facto Grexit’
Advertiser Link
SMART WATER Project: Outputs and conclusions of the final conference
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.