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NEW YORK: The free fall in Italy’s debt underscored that even one of Europe’s biggest debt markets is subject to the traders’ adage that liquidity often dries up just when you need it most.
ROME: At first glance there is something odd about Italy's economic data. For months its consumer and business sentiment has been stronger than almost anywhere else in the euro zone, yet economic activity still lags its peers.
ROME (Reuters) - Italy risked a Greek-style economic collapse which could threaten the future of the euro without the austerity package approved by the government, Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Monday, calling on European partners to do their part.
TALY’s populist government has its eye on the country’s financial regulators. Rome has suffered a long series of banking scandals, so it’s only fair to ask for more accountability. But the way the ruling League and Five Star Movement are proceeding should worry anybody who cares about the independence of these institutions.
SAN FRANCISCO: Italy’s rating outlook was lowered by Fitch Ratings, which said the fiscal plans of the new government risk a degree of fiscal loosening.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Standard and Poor's cut its unsolicited ratings on Italy by one notch on Monday, warning of a deteriorating growth outlook and damaging political uncertainty, in a move that took markets by surprise and added to pressure on the debt-stressed euro zone.
Italy's banks face a pivotal week after Spain's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) and Dutch group ABN Amro threw down the gauntlet over the Bank of Italy's restrictions on foreign takeovers in the sector.