The Czech Republic has room to spend more on remodeling its economy as new sources of growth are needed to secure a rating upgrade after budget-deficit cuts, Moody’s Investors Service said. Prime Minister Petr Necas’s government has pursued “prudent” policies to curb the fiscal shortfall, which has helped cut borrowing costs to record lows as investors see both the Czech Republic and Poland as “safe havens” in central and eastern Europe, Jaime Reusche, a sovereign-debt analyst at the ratings company, said in an April 15 interview in Prague. Policies including tax increases curtailed domestic demand as households and businesses cut back, amplifying the impact of Europe’s debt crisis on exports and pushing the $217 billion economy into a record-long recession. While a downgrade in the nation’s A1 credit rating is unlikely in the next 12 months, an expanding economy is needed for an upgrade, Reusche said. /just FYI; The yield on the 10-year government bond last year fell 175 basis points, or 1.75 percentage points, and was at a record low of 1.67 % yesterday. That’s below the yield of higher-rated France at 1.81 %, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.