Spanish Economy Remains on Cyclical Upswing

For all of Spain’s entrenched structural issues (as we detailed in our April thematic, Spain – Still a Hole in Europe’s Balance Sheet), leading economic data continues to point towards a cyclical recovery in Spain. Real M1 is growing at 15% YoY, consumer confidence is...

Eurozone Periphery Still at Risk

Variant Perception has been writing about positive leading indicators in Europe for the past 6 months and, in this light, the recent improvement in the data is coming in as expected. The cyclical recovery in Europe is real and will likely have further to go in the...

Risk Off, Or Just a Hiccup?

Markets have been jittery in recent days, especially around fears that the simmering embers of the Euro Area debt crisis might be about to reignite. Bond yields in both Spain and Italy have risen this week, while concerns continue to hover about whether a calm...

Spain – It’s The Real Economy Stupid!

As foreseen in recent updates on Spain, the market for SGBs remains calm and spreads across the maturity horizon are tightening. Last week Spanish ten year yields fell below the 5% mark for the first time since March last year, while two year yields are now hugging...