investors are aware that Trump and Brexit have created political "black swans"

Italian Political Instability Causes Deleveraging Issue in the Financial Markets

Italy’s political problems raise the issue of the possibilities of Italy’s withdrawal from the European Union. Whilst these risks seem ridiculous, investors are aware that Trump and Brexit have created political “black swans” which have become more commonplace recently.

Additionally, memories about Greece remain fresh in the minds of the markets. That issue due to the size of the economy of the country (less than 2%) has seen it grow into a eurozone existential crisis. This instability caused EUR to lose approximately 20% in the acute phase of the crisis. More importantly was the loss of confidence in commercial and central banks, causing a fall in the share of EUR in reserves and world trade.

We also saw growing sales for bonds of Britain, Spain and various smaller countries. Conversely, many portfolios were replenished with the papers of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Finland – countries with strict fiscal discipline. Japan in this context once again acts as a haven for capitals, against the U.S. where the yield of US Treasuries saw growth yesterday.

Moving capital towards reliability creates a very wide plume in the financial markets because of their deep interconnection. Escape to safe-havens may trigger wider financial deleverage. There is a lot of room to reduce as this indicator recently has reached historical highs. Problems in debt markets can provoke a reversal of debt burden reduction, threatening to turn into a serious sale. Leverage acts as a dry powder, it can be stored safely and accumulated for a long time, but the “Italian problem” is a “lit match” in the room. Whether it will be possible to repay is the question of time and prudence of regulators, in particular, the ECB.

It is quite hard to believe that the European Central Bank will adjust its pace with regards to QE. Short-term, this can lead to the persistence of pressure on the common currency and threatens the proliferation of security traction in other developed markets.

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For developing markets this situation is even more dangerous – there are already enough problems. The deleverage problem concerns not only the demand for shares but also the price of Crude Oil which, historically, is drastically reduced during such periods as it was in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

This article was written by FxPro

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Ed Anderson

Ed Anderson has over 35 years of experience in the financial markets, having worked in London, New York, Toronto, Singapore & Australia. His early career saw him as an Interbank Trader, Futures Trader & Voice Broker before he moved to electronic trading in the early 2000s. With extensive knowledge of leverage platforms and instruments and as the Chief Market Strategist at FxPro, Ed provides in-depth Fundamental and Technical Analysis, as well as frequent market insights on multiple asset classes, to the benefit of FxPro clients.