Italy in the Capital Markets 2018

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  • Italy’s recovery: cyclical or structural?

    Cyclical or structural? This is a question which I have often been asked about Italy’s economic recovery. Italy began showing some first signs of recovery in 2014, a year in which Italy posted a 0.1% increase in GDP after a double-dip recession between 2009-2013 which led to a 10% drop in the country’s output. In the following years the recovery grew stronger and now the economy is growing at a rate similar to that of other euro-area countries.

  • Fixing Italy’s growth problem

    Italy’s growth trajectory, at around 1.5%, may look modest in comparison to the 2.3% growth that UniCredit is projecting for the eurozone as a whole in 2018 and 2019 but by Italian standards, it represents an encouraging advance, given that the root cause of so many of Italy’s problems is its chronic lack of growth. Philip Moore reports.

  • Visco: Reforms must continue to sustain economic momentum

    Italy’s economy, like those of its European neighbours, is showing encouraging signs of consistently strong growth. But how much of it should Italy take credit for — and how much is down to the broader improvements in Europe? Has Italy made the most of improving economic conditions and central bank support to enact enough reforms to escape its unwanted tradition of growing more slowly than other economies in the good times and shrinking further in the bad times? Ignazio Visco, governor of the Bank of Italy, answered these questions and many more in an interview with GlobalCapital’s Toby Fildes.

  • CDP’s €250bn mission to reinvigorate Italy

    If Italy is decisively to address the persistent challenges presented by its low growth, poor productivity, elevated debt, high unemployment and weak financial services industry, then CDP will need to play a pivotal role in mobilising over €250bn of resources. Philip Moore reports.

  • CDP happy to support Italy from the ground up

    Fabio Gallia, who became chief executive of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) in 2015, is overseeing its ambitious 2016-2020 business plan. In this interview, he shares his views with GlobalCapital on the prospects for the Italian economy and the role CDP will play in supporting its accelerated recovery.

  • Italy’s five star political puzzle seeks March solution

    Contrary to expectations, the fall of Matteo Renzi has not slowed down Italy’s reform drive. Admittedly, much of the recent progress started under his leadership and even before it, but the country’s continued commitment to economic reform under the Gentiloni administration has been warmly welcomed by economists and investors. The next big test will be a general election in March. By Philip Moore.

  • Italy’s capital markets: an engine of growth?

    Ask people to name the centres for capital markets in Europe and most will probably pick London, Frankfurt and perhaps Paris. But Milan will not be on many people’s shortlist, at least not outside Italy. But that may be about to change as a series of major transactions on the city’s stock exchange has shone a spotlight on a growing trend that could point to a boost to the eurozone economy’s growth outlook. By Phil Thornton

  • Italian retail: out with the old, in with the new

    Italy’s retail bond market is going through a profound shake-up in which alternative investments are set to replace bank bonds among the securities of choice for Italian households. Tyler Davies reports.

  • The Italian sovereign: growth, diversification and dollar return

    Italy may be holding the eurozone’s only major election in 2018 but the vote is causing little concern for bond investors, with a backdrop of solid growth and a new electoral law likely to keep fringe parties from wining outright power. While the improving economic outlook is generally good news, it does raise potential political challenges of its own — although the sovereign is confident enough about 2018 that it is planning to tap the dollar market for the first time in eight years, writes Craig McGlashan.

  • Tesoro ready to reap the benefits of Italy’s improving economy

    Italy has weathered, with remarkable resilience, a turbulent year in European politics. While it still faces its own turmoils — an approaching parliamentary election in particular — its recovering economy and process of economic and political reforms have given investors the confidence to put money to work in Italian assets. The next 12 months will see the ECB reducing its quantitative easing programme and a host of new regulatory challenges, but the Italian treasury is confident that it, and the banks with which it works, will be able to adapt to the new challenges and opportunities 2018 holds.

  • Italian renaissance allows banks to return to the fold

    A remarkable year of recovery has put Italian banks in a far stronger position to raise huge quantities of bail-inable senior bonds and clean up their balance sheets. By Tyler Davies.

  • Italian banks face up to MREL and SRI after year of progress

    Italian financial institutions had an exceptional year in 2017. Banks that had been flirting with collapse were either recapitalised or allowed to fail, with very little disruption spilling over into the broader market. All this helped to make Italy an attractive destination once again for international investment, clearing some of the clouds hanging over the financial system and allowing firms to increase the volumes of debt they placed into the public capital markets.

  • Italia SpA casts off the taint of the crisis years

    Italy’s biggest corporate bond issuers such as Enel and ENI have been agile players right through the crisis years. Spreads were turned upside down and companies traded inside the sovereign. Many still do, but Italy’s corporate bond market has changed greatly. The group of issuers has swelled and they have gone far beyond merely securing market access, to considering how to optimise their funding with a range of instruments, from liability management to green bonds. Nigel Owen reports.

  • Where next for Italian corporate bond issuers after a stellar 2017?

    What is the outlook for 2018 for Italy’s corporate borrowers, after a year in which old and new names came to the bond markets with great success? Some of Italy’s most important treasury teams met GlobalCapital to discuss the prospects for the year ahead. Funding teams and investment bankers shared their views on the state of the local and international economies, how they are finding access to capital markets and what the future holds as the ECB tapers its corporate sector purchase programme and investors adjust to a new era of normalisation.

  • Adding financial steel to Italy’s economic backbone

    Italy’s large companies had a bumper 2017 in the bond markets but they are well known names with investment grade ratings. What about the backbone of the Italian economy — how are the SMEs that form the supply chains of larger companies finding finance as the country emerges from its long economic winter and seeks out stable growth? By Nigel Owen.

  • Italian retail investment: out with the old, in with the new

    The Italian retail bond market is going through a major shake-up in which alternative investments are set to replace bank bonds among the securities of choice for Italian households. Tyler Davies reports.

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