Articles by Francisco López

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Francisco López
Working for more than 25 years in the world of journalism and communications, Francisco has gained valuable experience at several well-known newspapers such as El Mundo and La Vanguardia. He specialized in economic and financial news before making the leap to the corporate communication sector where he has held several positions: Adviser to the Ministry of Economy, Director of the Bank of Spain’s Communication Department, in addition to his consultancy role at Analistas Financieros Internacionales, where he currently works.
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Why Has Spain’s Banking Sector Rally Been Suddenly Cut Short?

The Spanish banking sector’s stock market rally has been suddenly cut short. The listed banks’ index  had risen over 45% since the minimum levels of June 2016 until the first week of January. But since then, it is seeing a correction. Two matters of concern for investors are the impact of the floor clauses ruling on the banks profit and loss account, as well as the problems of the Italian banks.


corporate debt

Why Have Corporate Debt Issues Soared At The Start Of 2017?

The start of a new year is normally a good time for corporate debt issues, although in the first few days of 2017 there have been a greater number of these than in previous years due to the ECB’s purchase programme.  According to Bloomberg, in the first few days of January European companies and banks have issued almost 50 billion euros of debt, double the amount issued in the same period of 2016.


Monte dei Paschi bailout

Does Monte dei Paschi bailout comply with EU regulations?

The German authorities have come out en masse to criticise the public bailout the Italian government is planning for Monte dei Paschi. For many observers, this decision implies “direct public aid” which goes against the European directive on banking solutions and restructurings.


EU ruling on Spanish floor clauses

Spanish Banks Save Face In The Stock Market After EU Ruling On Floor Clauses

Just minutes after the the EU ruling on ‘floor clauses’ was released, the banks in Spain’s blue-chip Ibex 35 index ended up dropping over 10%. But most of the lenders recovered ground by the end of the session. Afi estimates the ruling will affect the banking sector as a whole to the tune of some 4.5 billion euros.



ECB-Draghi

Are There Reasons To Celebrate Draghi’s Measures?

The markets’ reaction to the latest measures adopted by the ECB has been very positive, although not all experts believe that the era of quantative easing (QE) is coming to an end. And looking beyond the rises in equity prices, analysts are in agreement that the increased flexibility of the asset purchase programme and the reduction in the average monthly volume is prejudicial for the peripheral countries’ debt.



OPEC cut to impact Spanish economy

Bad News For Spain: Oil Prices Over $50 bpd

OPEC’s first cut in production in eight years is not good news for the Spanish economy. Spain imports almost all the oil it consumes and has benefited enormously from the slump in the price of a barrel of this “black gold”. It’s estimated that every 10% drop in the price of oil allows for one-tenth of a percentage point improvement in Spanish GDP (1 billion euros). And the reverse is true when the price increases.


Indra slump

What’s Behind The Sharp Drop In Indra’s Price?

The Spanish market’s attention was firmly on technology company Indra on Tuesday when it’s share price plummeted 12%. One reason for the slump was its nine months to September results, which hugely disappointed analysts and investors.