The events of this past weekend were pretty monumental for the world currency industry (and the world in general). Up until Greece’s Sunday elections, animosity regarding the stability of the euro in the event of a Greek exit had been running rampant amongst investors.
Now, with the results finally established, they were able to enjoy a brief moment of revelry in the electoral success of the pro-bailout New Democracy party.
An Article in The New York Times provides a good outline of what potentially could have happened to the euro had the leftist Syriza party won. Vowing to repudiate the country’s bailout agreement with the “troika” of the European Union, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, this move would have siphoned financing of Greek banks. In turn, this would have rendered them unable to continue operating and eventually drop the euro and revert back to the drachma.
But alas, this was not the case, and so being within hours of the election, investors applauded the win by reorienting the falling euro in a much-needed upward direction. Unfortunately, the vivacity didn’t carry into Monday market action. The euro fell flat once again as concerns regarding Spain’s astronomic bond yields crept back into investor’s psyches. With interest rates having breeched the 7 percent mark, these loans are being viewed as unsustainable.
But amongst the angst, some positivity prevails arriving in the form of Asian market success. Emerging Asian currencies gained as a result of investor’s newfound comfort in the pro-bailout results, enthusing them to add a few riskier assets. Overall, Asian markets experienced widespread lifts with the Japanese Nikkei index prevailing with a rise of almost 2 percent.
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