OPINION: The case for Italian government bonds
Political risk in Italy is currently overstated, and government finances are better than markets appreciate. Investors have all the reason to be overweight Italian government bonds, argues David Zahn, head of European fixed income at Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group.
Italian investors regain confidence in absolute return
Most absolute return funds have failed to live up to expectations in recent years. As a consequence, their popularity with Italy’s fund selectors declined somewhat. But Italians’ love for absolute return has flared up once again, for obvious reasons.
ANALYSIS: Is Italy really only an Italian problem?
Stock markets have responded to the Italian No-vote in an even more muted way than to the UK’s vote Brexit and Donald Trump’s election. Are investors being complacent about the political and economic effects of a vote that was seen as vital for the future of the EU not so long ago, or has the referendum outcome in fact already been priced in?
Caution advised for bond investors as Italy referendum looms
Whereas equity markets have quickly shrugged off the result of the US presidential elections, peripheral bond spreads have widened since. Trump’s election seems to have reminded markets of the possible consequences of an Italian no-vote in next week’s referendum.