Monday, November 07, 2011

Italy: 10 Year bond yields continue to increase

by Bill McBride on 11/07/2011 01:16:00 PM

In October 2010, the Irish 10 year yield moved above 6.6%, and by the end of November the yield hit 9% and Ireland asked for help.

Now the Italian 10 year yield is at 6.65% and there is a sense of deja vu.

From the NY Times: Italy Bonds Push Higher

Interest rates on Italian bonds rose to new euro-era records on Monday, close to the level that earlier forced Greece, Ireland and Portugal to seek financial rescues.
And from the WSJ: Reasons to Be Fearful as Italian Yields Spike
Greek, Irish, and Portuguese 10-year bond yields spent an average of 43 trading days above 5.50% before they climbed above 6.00%, notes Gary Jenkins, head of fixed income at Evolution Securities.

The move to 6.50% took 24 days, while the move to 7.00% was even quicker, taking just 15 days, he said. An Italian treasury bill sale on Thursday will be a good test.
Italy's deficit to GDP is only around 4% - that is much lower than the other countries in trouble. But Italy already has a high debt to GDP ratio (around 118%), and slow (or no) growth ... not a good combination.