Bailed-out lender Novo Banco wants creditors to take a haircut, to smooth a sale to Lone Star. But creditors have numbers to block the swap, and could recapitalise the bank themselves. Novo has a history of scrapping with bondholders. This time creditors may have the upper hand.
Athens wants to issue bonds just after receiving another bailout tranche. If Greece had to finance itself at market rates it would struggle to stay solvent. But debt relief from European governments and ECB bond-buying will reduce the risk. Investors may find the wager appealing. Full view will be published shortly.