The critical links between Italy’s banking sector and bond market are often characterized as a ‘doom-loop’. When Italian interest rates rise, the value of Italian government bonds falls, reducing the capital buffers maintained by Italian banks, which hold large amounts of Italian debt. But Italian households are also big ‘investors’ in Italian government debt. As today’s sketch shows, the holdings of Italian households dwarf the local government debt holdings of households in other Eurozone countries. Hence, any escalation of the budget conflict between Italy and the European Commission not only hurts the banks, but voters, as well.
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