Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ode to a Grecian Deal, or Acropolis Now?

I won't write much about the latest details on Greece, as events are moving fast and any updates I have will be out of date within hours. Needless to say, we are down to the wire again as the Greeks have threatened to withhold their payment due to the IMF this Friday should there be no deal.

So will we have a deal (Ode to a Grecian Deal), or will the Greeks metaphorically take to the Acropolis for a last stand as the Athenians planned to do had their army had lost to the Persians at the Battle of Marathon (Acropolis Now!)?

Here are a couple ways to handicap the outcome. The chart below of the Athens General Index show the index to be in a downtrend (solid line), but it has rallied out of a minor downtrend (dotted line). Moreover, the inability of the index to fall further on bad news and actually try to bottom has to be regarded as good news. In other words, the stock market believes that we will see an eleventh hour deal.

On the other hand, the latest odds from PaddyPower, where people are also putting real money on the line, shows the odds of Greek defaulting in 2015 to be 11/8, which works out to be around 40%, and the odds that Greece will adopt its own currency by the end of 2017 to be even.

The probability of Grexit in 2015, which is a less likely event than a straight default, is coming in at between 25% and 30%.

Who should you believe? I'm not sure, but there is a big divergence there between what the stock market believes and the bookmaker odds of Greek default.

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