* Greek deal brings relief to riskier assets, Bunds fall
* Bunds sell-off seen short-lived as deal largely priced in
* Spanish aid request doubts temper peripheral debt demand
By Emelia Sithole-Matarise
LONDON, Nov 27 German government bond prices
fell on Tuesday after Greece's international lenders agreed a
package of measures to cut the country's debt, paving the way
for the release of more aid.
The accord reached by the lenders in their third meeting in
as many weeks, will cut Greek debt by 40 billion euros to reduce
it to 124 percent of gross domestic product by 2020.
Eurogroup Chairman Jean-Claude Juncker said euro zone
ministers would formally approve the release of aid to Greece,
removing uncertainty over whether Athens could avoid near-term
The relief lifted riskier assets such as equities and kept
10-year Greek yields subdued near their lowest
level since the country's debt restructuring in March, while
safe-haven bonds retreated though the market moves were seen
limited as the deal was largely priced in.
"Bunds are falling simply (because) the market is relieved
we have a deal now and the tail risk of a Greek accident has
been taken out," said Michael Leister, a senior rate strategist
"It's not the green light for a sustained rally for risk
assets across the board. As we've seen before, once the market
starts scrutinising some of the details some doubts may well
The German Bund future was last 46 ticks down at
141.99 with cash 10-year yields up 4 basis points
at 1.45 percent.
The Bund yield has risen off 2-1/2-month lows hit about two
weeks ago as the market anticipated that Greece's lenders would
eventually overcome some of their differences and agree to give
Greece much needed aid to avert near-term bankruptcy.
The yields were unlikely to break out of the past month's
tight 35 basis point range as the deal was seen as another
short-term salve for Greece's debt problems, strategists and
Questions still remained about the funding of a potential
Greek bond buyback which has to be effected before the
International Monetary Fund can release its share of the aid
tranche, strategists said.
"Meanwhile, the ongoing potential for a withholding of
future aid disbursements should Greece fail to meet its reform
targets means the country is likely to remain an intermittent
source of volatility," Rabobank strategist Richard McGuire said
in a note.
Greek bond prices were marked higher across the strip
, with 10-year bond yields down 10
bps at 16.4 percent while Portuguese equivalents were down 25
bps at 7/91 percent.
Among other peripheral bonds, Spanish and Italian 10-year
yields were largely steady, with some traders saying uncertainty
over when Spain would request external aid to trigger European
Central Bank support tempered demand for the debt.
"People are looking at Spain which looks like it's not going
to make an aid request until next year so we are likely to