90 seconds at 9 am with BNZ: Greek deal expected later today; Stocks firm on deal hopes and China easing; NZ$ at 84 USc; Lloyds bank claws back bonuses

Here's my summary of the key news overnight in 90 seconds at 9 am in association with Bank of New Zealand, including news a final deal is expected later today to bail out Greece for a second time.

European leaders are meeting this morning New Zealand time to finalise a deal for a €130 billion euro bailout of Greece in time to make bond payments on March 20 and avoid a default and a disorderly ejection of Greece from the euro zone.

The deal will include payments to Greece, a plan to restructure its debt, the creation of a special account to ensure the bailout money is spent correctly and, potentially, a permanent EU/IMF/ECB 'Troika' office in Greece to monitor Greece's adherence to its austerity committments. See more here at Bloomberg.

US and European stocks firmed 0.4% and 1% respectively, also helped in part by China's easing of monetary policy over the weekend boosting hopes for a global recovery.

The New Zealand dollar also firmed, as it often does when appetites for risk are on and investors feel more confident about global growth prospects and commodity prices.

The New Zealand dollar briefly edged above 84 USc overnight and is around 83.9 USc in mid-morning trade.  The New Zealand dollar also rose to a 6 month high of 67 yen overnight and is up 17.5% against the yen since December. Japan announced earlier this month plans to print more money to boost inflation and drag its currency down.

Meanwhile, Lloyds Bank in Britain has clawed back £2 million in bonuses from 10 executives involved in a Payments Protection Insurance (PPI) scandal that has cost the bank £3.2 billion. Banker bonuses are a hot topic in Britain where public revulsion over bankers still receiving bonuses despite blowing up their banks and forcing taxpayer funded bailouts.

More than 3 million Lloyds customers are expected to claim compensation worth £4.5 billion after they were sold mortgage or insurance protection insurance that they either didn't know they were paying for or were unable to claim on because they were unemployed or self-employed.

See more here at The Telegraph on the stripping of bonuses.

See more here at The Guardian on the PPI scandal.

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Re The Greek debt.
The question exercising my mind is -
If all the Greek debt were written off, would they be able to ecconomically survive, with out going back into debt, if they remain tied to the Euro currency?

Why do we believe Continental politicians when we don't believe English/American/NZ or Aussie ones? The Greek deal is all smoke and mirrors, lies and deceit.

FYI finally a deal has been done, Reuters reports. The private debt holders took a bigger haircut.
Euro zone finance ministers sealed on Tuesday a second bailout for debt-laden Greece that will resolve its immediate financing needs but seems unlikely to revive the nation's shattered economy.
After a marathon 13 hours of talks, euro zone officials said ministers had nailed measures to cut Greece's debt to around 121 percent of gross domestic product by 2020, close to their original target of 120, after negotiators for private bondholders offered to accept a bigger loss to help plug the funding gap.
Private sector holders of Greek debt are expected to take losses of 53.5 percent or more on the nominal value of their bonds. Previously they had agreed to a 50 percent nominal writedown, which equated to around a 70 percent loss on the net present value of the bonds.

So why am I listening to an expert in Germany saying her colleagues are speaking of the need for a third bailout....just as Mish has suggested...Greece cannot reduce to 121%...not a hope in charlies...

FOR SALE: One brand new multi story carpark in Blenheim...pristine...almost empty most of the time..offers to MDC. Cost $6 million...grab yourself a bargain.

Wolly, Did you read that newspaper article yesterday that said that the least happiest people live in Marlborough?

I did...and they didn't ask me....wow. The reasons are clear when you go to the local rag and read the comments. Wasting 6 million on a carpark was the last straw.
The so called CBD is a sea of parking meters that spew out down the side roads. Most locals shop at Springlands or Redwoodtown and avoid the CBD.
The only positive thing I can point to.............somebody got a boot up the bum and finally we have designated clearly identified cycle lanes. Let's hope the standard of driving improves.