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The market had been down earlier in the week over concerns that the Greek debt swap wouldn't be completed by today's deadline. A bailout was needed so Greece could avoid defaulting on 14 billion euros in bonds due March 20. If conditions in Greece and the rest of Europe worsened, the U.S. would probably also experience a slowdown. Greece needed 66% of its bondholders to agree to the swap, and this morning it was announced that more than 75% of investors eligible for the Greek debt swap had agreed to participate.
Instead of letting the Greek government default, investors holding a total of roughly 200 billion euros of Greek bonds are being offered a package worth 46.5% of the face value of their bonds. Of the 46.5%, 15% will be swapped for two-year bonds. The other 31.5% will be new long-term Greek bonds with riders that increase the payout if the Greek economy outperforms expectations. The Greek government needed at least 66% of bondholders to agree to the swap. As long as it met that threshold, the Greek government was able to require the remaining holdouts to agree to the swap. At 75% participation, the debt swap should be successful.
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