The set up of the Banking Union in the European Union has not only triggered the habitual complaints from the UK and Sweden. Even core euro zone looks divided. And it all adds pressure for Spain to require a national bailout.
MADRID | Data from the latest bond issuances by Spanish corporates show non-resident investors have returned to this market with growing appetite. The new-found confidence comes supported by the European Central Bank monetary policies.
Capital gains taxes in Spain will increase next year, with individual investors as the likeliest victims. The measure could be the Rajoy government’s attempt to re-direct personal capital flows towards other sections.
LONDON | Something had to be done to support the euro. But some in the City still see the European Central Bank excessively scared of inflation. Past cash injections, though, have depreciated the common currency very little.
Crystal-clear answers for the foggiest question: why is the euro zone in such dire state? Banco Santander’s board member Guillermo de la Dehesa speaks of a self-inflicted crisis, the resignation cycle at the Bundesbank and how to reform the European Central Bank.
Foreign ownership of Spanish stocks in the last 13 years has reached 40 percent of total market value, according to data from BME, the company operator of Spain’s financial markets. But domestic investors’ purchases are higher than European average.
Where there is the European Central Bank’s full capacity of purchasing short-term State debt, there is hope. Even the primary market has opened, although by understandably timid measures, for southern euro zone debt issuers at a sub-sovereign level like State agencies and autonomous regions. The financial City of Madrid expects this window of opportunity to expand and demand of government bonds to improve as it is already happening to banks…
By Luis Arroyo, in Madrid | Very briefly: for those who have let themselves fall for the euphoria that unfolded after the European Central Bank governor Mario Draghi reported on unlimited short-term sovereign bond purchases, I would like to remind them of what happened during the last weeks of 2011 and the beginning of 2012. Back then, the ECB introduced its long-term refinancing operations, which were meant to inject liquidity…
LONDON/MADRID | President Mariano Rajoy should manage to take this week a breath, although it will probably feel too weak. A simple look at the curve of Spain’s government debt now shows a steep upward gap between the internal rate of return of two-year bonds and the cost of the medium and long-term credit for the country. Indeed, 24-month debt paper’s IRR has tightened by more than 450 basic points…
Markets rallied on Thursday after the ECB’s highly anticipated unlimited bond-buying program to contain the euro zone debt crisis. In the U.S, an upbeat job report and news from Europe made all three Wall Street indexes close at multi-year highs. However, some experts remain skeptical on how long the euphoria will last. “I think the market generally takes these things far too seriously,” John “Jack” Bogle, Vanguard founder, told CNBC….