Thursday, November 04, 2010

European Bond Spreads

by Bill McBride on 11/04/2010 02:29:00 PM

As followup to the previous post, here is a look at European bond spreads from the Atlanta Fed weekly Financial Highlights released today (graph as of Nov 2nd):

Euro Bond Spreads Click on graph for larger image in new window.

From the Atlanta Fed:

Some peripheral European bond spreads (over German bonds) continue to be elevated, particularly those of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal.

Since the September FOMC meeting, the 10-year Greece-to-German bond spread has narrowed by 45 basis points (bps), from 8.62% to 8.17%, through November 2, though the spread has risen by 110 bps in the past two weeks.

Similarly, with other European peripherals’ spreads, Portugal’s is essentially unchanged over the intermeeting period but is 56 bps higher than two weeks prior, and Ireland’s spread is actually 70 bps higher since the last FOMC meeting and 100 bps higher since October 19.
The Atlanta Fed data is a couple days old. Nemo has links to the current data on the sidebar of his site.

As of today, the Ireland-to-German spread has increased to a record 525 bps, and the Portugal-to-German spread has increased to 417 bps - just below the record set in late September. The Greece-to-German spread is at 892 bps.