The membership of nations being paid to borrow by traders has an unlikely new member: Greece.

The Greek authorities on Wednesday offered new three-month debt at a adverse yield, that means patrons have been ready to lock in a loss on their funding. The sale establishes a brand new frontier for sub-zero bond yields, which have swept by way of eurozone debt markets this yr, and caps Greece’s extraordinary rehabilitation within the eyes of traders having obtained a number of bailouts through the area’s debt disaster.

Athens raised €487.5m from its public sale of 13-week payments at a yield of minus zero.02 per cent, in contrast with constructive zero.10 per cent on the earlier sale in August. Payments are a type of short-term authorities debt usually bought by banks searching for someplace to park their money.

The decline partly displays the truth that the European Central Financial institution lower rates of interest by zero.1 proportion level to minus zero.5 per cent in September.

However the milestone — together with Tuesday’s sale of €1.5bn of 10-year bonds at a record-low yield of 1.5 per cent — can be an indication that traders have grown extra assured in regards to the prospects for the Greek financial system, which is forecast to develop at 2.eight per cent subsequent yr.

With the ECB additionally saying the resumption of its bond-buying stimulus programme final month, markets are awash with money hungry for the comparatively excessive yield that Greek debt presents.

“It is a perform of very low rates of interest and QE, which begets extra risk-seeking behaviour by traders,” mentioned Peter Schaffrik, international macro strategist at RBC Capital Markets. Due to the ECB’s stimulus efforts, and gloom about prospects for the worldwide financial system, round two-thirds of the federal government debt within the euro space at present trades at a adverse yield, together with all German bonds.

Different former disaster spots like Italy and Spain have already joined the negative-yield membership, with Madrid being paid to borrow to maturities of as much as almost a decade.


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