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Zloty Reaches Three-Month High as Bonds Rise on Greece Optimism

The zloty gained to its strongest in more than three months against the euro and Polish government bonds extended last week’s rally as optimism Greece will agree to a debt swap boosted demand for riskier assets.

The Polish currency added 0.8 percent to 4.2805 by 5:15 p.m. in Warsaw. Bonds climbed, cutting five-year yields by three basis points, or 0.03 percentage point, to 5.07 percent, the lowest since Nov. 8, according to generic bond indexes compiled by Bloomberg.

Global stocks and the euro rose as European Union finance ministers gathered in Brussels to discuss new budget rules and a Greek debt swap. Poland’s economy grew about 4.2 percent last year and the “balance of risks” for the 2.5 percent forecast this year is “positive,” Deputy Finance Minister Ludwik Kotecki told PAP newswire today.

“Central European currencies today gained hand in hand with the strengthening of the euro,” Jan Vejmelek, an economist at Komercni Banka in Prague, wrote in a report to clients. The zloty “is also helped by comments from Deputy Finance Minister Ludwik Kotecki, who said the Polish economy last year grew 4.2 percent, up from an earlier estimate of 4 percent.”

Bondholders negotiating the swap with Greece have made their “maximum” offer, leaving it to the European Union and International Monetary Fund to decide whether to accept the deal, Charles Dallara, managing director of the Institute of International Finance, who represents the private creditors, said today.

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