The Italian Doom Loop

With Rome appearing to square off with Brussels over its contentious budget, BTPs have faced considerable pressure and bank stocks have been hammered. This is the nefarious doom loop: Italian banks own a large chunk of Italian government debt and, given the lack of...

Italian Bond Market Delivers its Warning

While we don’t want to get drawn into the Byzantine world of Italian politics, we do have a thing or two to say about bond markets. What has struck us the most about the Italian bond market has been the degree of volatility in BTPs and drop in liquidity. The first...

The Yield Curve and Volatility

Falling liquidity was one of the principal reasons behind our call for a flatter US yield curve this year. Excess liquidity often drops towards the end of an expansion. At the same time the relative demand for credit falls, while the central bank is reacting to...