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Funding progress looked quite encouraging at July end for Eurozone government bonds, as roughly 80% of estimated yearly net issuance have been placed, mostly (more than 50%) in just four months, between April and July. Putting remaining supply in perspectives with ECB flows, the technical picture for EZ government bonds looks friendly to the current environment of low core yields and subsequent, persisting search for carry.
Head of Rates and FX Research
Cyclical conditions are turning more positive for Europe. Easing geopolitical risk and the prospect of massive fiscal resources (national and EU-wide) and monetary support could support a recovery in 2021. The improved sentiment could benefit European assets, equities in particular, that have been a laggard due to the pandemic. This could lead to a catch up of EU equities in relative terms vs other markets.
Pascal BLANQUE, Vincent MORTIER
A lot is coming from the fiscal side in Europe to fight the economic consequences of the crisis: French supplementary budget just released, Germany abandoning the black zero policy, and the debate on recovery plan taking center stage, with some adjustments in countries’ positions. How to assess these recent evolutions?
As part of their toolkit to support the economic recovery during the Covid-19 crisis, central banks could implement yield-curve control. Although appealing, the implementation and exit risks of such a policy counterbalance the benefits, particularly in the Eurozone. Moreover, the impact on financial markets could be significant since chained risk-free assets could temporarily leave risky assets unsettled.
Pierre BLANCHET, Didier BOROWSKI, Paresh UPADHYAYA, Annalisa USARDI