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Italy: rough waters could grow calmer

With the country in recession, we remain cautious on Italian sovereign debt. But growing tensions inside the government could have a silver lining.The main leading indicators are pointing towards the recession continuing in Q1 2019 in Italy. We expect growth to move marginally back into the black in Q2 2019, with the Italian economy growing by 0.3% in 2019 overall. Even though we have ruled out a snap 2019 election from our central scenario, the chances of one being called are significant...

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Growth Contraction puts pressure on Italian Government

The downward revision to 3Q GDP will make the Italian government’s targets more difficult to achieve and complicate the budget debate with Europe. The Italian statistical office’s (ISTAT) final reading showed that the economy shrank 0.1% q-o-q (-0.5% q-o-q annualised) in Q3, whereas a preliminary reading on October 30 showed that growth was flat. The details were quite negative and confirmed the idiosyncrasy of the...

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Growth contraction puts pressure on Italian government

The downward revision to 3Q GDP will make the Italian government’s targets more difficult to achieve and complicate the budget debate with Europe.The Italian statistical office’s (ISTAT) final reading showed that the economy shrank 0.1% q-o-q (-0.5% q-o-q annualised) in Q3, whereas a preliminary reading on October 30 showed that growth was flat. The details were quite negative and confirmed the idiosyncrasy of the Italian economy. Unlikely other euro area economies, net trade contributed...

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Fiscal battle looms over Italian bonds

Given the market volatility we expect around 2019 budget discussions in Italy, we remain bearish on euro peripheral bonds in general.Italy is coming back into focus as investors become increasingly nervous about 2019 budget discussions. September will be a key moment to gauge the intentions of the Italian government regarding its 2019 budget. Indeed, more details will become available when the Italian government publishes the updated Economic and Financial Document (DEF), no later than 27....

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Italian politics: habemus deal

Italy finally has a government, but its public finances are likely to be soon back in the spotlight.Following a spectacular U-turn, the Five Start Movement (MS5) and the League reached a deal to form a government under their original candidate for prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.Both parties agreed on a new finance minister, Giovanni Tria, while Paolo Savona, who was blocked by President Mattarella last Sunday, will be minister for EU affairs. M5S leader Di Maio will be minister for labour...

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