- Cross road: the landscape of the fixed-income market
Cross road: the landscape of the fixed-income market
Monday 14 May 2018
Research / Market
Two events pushed down Eurozone sovereign spreads in 2017: the French presidential election in April & May, which dissipated investors’ fears about Eurosceptic movements, and the announcement on 26 October of a smaller-than-expected reduction in ECB’s QE for 2018 (monthly purchases lowered from € 60 bn to €30bn).
However, it is important to point out that the fundamentals of European sovereign bonds have improved recently and provide strong support for this segment of the market.
Bavarian elections: Eropean political landscape continues to evolve
"The poor performances from the traditional parties in the Bavarian elections represent early signs of a political reshuffle at the federal level."
Late cycle features at play: more pain, but not the end of the game
"We expect further volatility and possible additional down moves led by the growth part of the market and possible pressure on the high yield side as well. But it is not going to be a market capitulation."
Italian budget proposal under scrutiny
"The key points of the budget law. The Italian Government negatively surprised the markets by announcing a substantially increased budget deficit target for 2019-2021 to 2.4% in a move that could undermine the potential to reduce the Italian debt burden (130% of GDP) in the coming years"