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Italian bond yields retreat as EU official says he wants to reduce tensions with Rome

Today 10:50 GMT

Italian 10-year government bond yields retreated from their multiyear high on Friday as a key European Union official sought to play down tensions with Rome over the government’s budget plan.

The spread between German and Italian bond yields, which can serve as a gauge of investor unease, stands at 3.12 percentage points after earlier hitting 3.39 percentage points, representing the widest in about five years, according to Tradeweb data.

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Italian bond yields carve out fresh multiyear highs as fears of EU budget clash rise

Today 09:55 GMT

Italian 10-year government bond yields jumped to a fresh multiyear high Friday as a conflict with the European Union over the country’s budget plans came to a fore.

The spread between German and Italian bond yields, a measure of concerns in Europe, stands at 3.375 percentage points, representing the widest in about five years. Earlier in the week, Italy’s government approved a draft budget law for next year, confirming a set of expansionary measures that could lead to a fast-rising deficit and putting country’s officials on a collision course with EU representatives.

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Fed’s Bullard happy with current level of interest rates

Friday 16:22 GMT

St. Louis President James Bullard on Thursday said he was content with the current level of short-term interest rates and didn’t understand why his colleagues were penciling in steady increases.

Read: Fed minutes indicate interest rates will have to rise high enough to slow down the economy. Bullard played down the recent volatility in the equity and bond markets, saying nothing has happened that hadn’t been expected.

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Investors Look Toward Diversification During Volatility

Thursday 11:45 GMT

The volatility racking markets this month is the latest chapter in investors’ struggle to adapt to a world of reduced central-bank stimulus.

Many investors say the turbulence reflects the early stages of what they call a rotation, a pragmatic decision to reallocate resources away from assets whose gains now appear at risk—in this case, to sectors such as safer bonds and away from the most highly valued stocks.


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