Wealthy Greeks turn to offshore securities to escape redenomination risk

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Depositors blame Greek tragedy for fleeing funds

A rapid fall in the deposits held in Greek banks can be attributed partly to sustenance during a time of eye-watering austerity, but is also the result of a transfer of local savings to overseas bank accounts or securities, with structured products and funds prominent destinations.

"Flows are leaving in droves from standard deposits to offshore businesses and likewise into offshore securities, including funds and structured products," says one Athens-based investment banker working at a US bank

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