• Eurozone sovereign bond spreads: latest updates

    Source: FxWire Pro - Commentary / 12 Sep 2017 03:11:44   America/New_York

    We at FxWirePro decided to add a simple but very important tool to our regular watch list and that is sovereign bond spreads of Eurozone economies over Germany. It was included on the watch list during the Eurozone debt crisis and we believe that the current situation once again demands regular monitoring.

    Why monitor?

    Currently, there are 19 economies in the European Monetary Union (EMU) and all of them use the single currency euro. However, not all economies are at the same stage of growth and development. Even the political situation is not the same. For example, while Germany enjoys record low employment, the unemployment rate in Greece is sky-high. While French has voted this year in favor of EU rejecting Marine Le Pen’s bid, the Italian election next year is expected to be dominated by euro-skeptics.  Single currency does not reflect these sentiments fully as it is a sum of all and when it does it would be sometimes too late to enter a good trade.

    Why now?

    Despite the ongoing rally and positive sentiment surround ding euro, there are two major underlying risks. There is a risk that monetary policy reversal by the European Central Bank (ECB) might once again expose the fragmentation within Eurozone. Secondly, despite the win by Emmanuel Macron the political risk has not diminished completely.

     

    2-year spread over Germany (bps)

    10-year spread over Germany (bps)

    Change (10-yr) since Aug. 22nd

    Austria

    13.1

    21.3

    +2.4

    Belgium

    15.8

    31.1

    -0.6

    Finland

    3.2

    -1.6

    -2.9

    France

    16.6

    30

    -0.7

    Germany

    -

    -

     

    Greece

    392.7

    514.7

    -4.2

    Ireland

    23

    36.8

    +2.8

    Italy

    65.4

    169.5

    +0.0

    Latvia

    78.8

    14.4

    NA

    Malta

    -

    99.4

    +6.5

    Netherlands

    7.1

    12.5

    -0.8

    Portugal

    76.9

    250.6

    +13.9

    Slovenia

    59.3

    64

    +2.1

    Spain

    35.8

    123.7

    +17.9

     

    Analysis:

    Since our last review back on 22nd August, the German 2-year yield has further dipped into negative territory. It is currently at -0.738 percent (-0.022). However, the 10-year yield has also moved lower, which is currently at +0.34 percent (-0.066).

    There have been no major changes in the sovereign spreads. Spreads have narrowed in the case of Finland, France, Greece, and Netherlands.

    Biggest widening happened in Spain (+17.9), largely due to the ongoing political crisis with regard to Catalonia’s independence. On the region’s national day, more than million people marched for independence.

    Portugal’s spread has widened (+13.9) too, largely due to the worst drought in more than two decades.

     

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