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Moody’s maintains Greece below investment level

Moody's remained on Friday the only major rating agency to maintain Greece outside the investment-grade states, as it affirmed the country's credit rating at "Ba1", with a stable outlook.

Last September the agency had raised Greece's rating two notches, from "Ba3". It has therefore maintained Greece one notch before investment level.

Bonds to woo big investors

The door is now wide open for the entry of quality and long-term investors, who manage trillions of dollars, into the Greek bonds market: Bloomberg Index Services, a global provider of government bond indices, has become the first to include Greek bonds among the elite of the debt markets, announcing that 17 Greek bonds worth 73 billion euros are to be included in its index series as of January

Bonds hit 16-month high

Greek bonds outperformed their eurozone counterparts considerably on Monday, with the 5-year Greek note even matching Spanish paper, having received a boost from Greece's upgrade by Fitch Ratings on Friday night.

Investment grade, UniCredit, and the Greek economic comeback

Alex Patelis, the chief economic adviser to Greece's Prime Minister, joins Thanos Davelis to discuss the significance of Standard and Poor's decision to upgrade Greece to investment grade and UniCredit's offer to buy Greece's stake in Alpha Bank, while outlining the government's next goals when it comes to the economy.