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Robust outlook supports low Spanish sovereign bond spreads

Strong, relatively broad-based economic recovery and the limited economic impact of the Catalan crisis pushed Fitch to upgrade Spanish sovereign debt by one notch to A-/Stable in January. The upgrade triggered a significant rally, with the spread on Spanish 10-year bonds versus Bunds dropping below 70 basis points (bp) on February 1 for the first […]

Italian and Spanish bonds relatively immune to politics

Italy and Spain have been at the centre of market attention again in recent weeks. Italian politics have livened up as we move towards the general election next spring 2018, while the threat of Catalan independence has placed the spotlight on Spain. But we expect only a slight widening of Italian spreads over Bunds by […]