Many investors continue to favor a Greek bailout to prevent the Eurozone's first sovereign default – but they are rooting for the wrong solution.
Greece has requested another loan from its European neighbors to cover next year's $43 billion (30 billion euros) shortfall as yields on 10-year Greek bonds have climbed over 16%.
The second Greek bailout would come about a year after the European Union (EU) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) loaned the struggling country $158 billion (110 billion euros) to meet soaring financial obligations. Greece took the money on the terms that it would implement austerity measures and cut its massive budget deficit, but the country failed to meet the agreed-upon targets.
EU and IMF officials have been reviewing Greece's cost-cutting actions to determine if the country – now with about $430 billion (299 billion euros) in debt – deserves another huge loan. EU leaders have also considered asking investors to reinvest in new Greek debt when existing bonds mature, buying time to stabilize Greece's sinking economy.