Euro falls on jitters over Greece debt
The euro drifted lower in Asia on Tuesday with investors following talks between debt-hit Greece and its international creditors as Athens looks to reform its bailout obligations.
In Tokyo, the single currency slipped to US$1.0790 and 129.69 yen, from US$1.0825 and 130.10 yen in New York, while the U.S. dollar was at 120.17 yen against 120.18 yen.
Experts from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union are scrutinizing a list of reforms that Athens has proposed in its bid to get the creditors to release 7.2 billion euros in muchneeded loans that will help it avoid a default.
Greece’s government says the reforms would help raise an extra three billion euros for its coffers without resorting to wage and pension cuts.
A defiant Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told lawmakers late on Monday that he wanted a deal but would not submit to creditors unconditionally.
Tsipras swept to power on a pledge to end the austerity measures imposed as part of a bailout by Greece’s creditors, which Athens blames for hammering the economy.
“There are still differences between what Greece is apparently prepared to offer in the way of further reform and what the Brussels group ... is seeking before the ... funds are made available,” National Australia Bank said in a note.
Investors were given some confidence by news that China’s central bank on Monday cut minimum down payments on second homes from 60-70 percent to 40 percent in a bid to boost the slowing economy.
That decision fuelled hopes for further stimulus measures down the road.
But the Chinese yuan held up, buying 19.37 yen against 19.19 yen on Monday.
The dollar was mixed against other Asia-Pacific currencies.
It edged up to SG$ 1.3754 from SG$1.3749 on Monday, to 1,110.17 South Korean won from 1,105.85 won, and to 13,094.90 Indonesian rupiah from 13,068.70 rupiah.