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Italy – Conjoncture: Please, do not hinder the virtuous circle

  • Edition January 18, 2018

    The consolidation of productive investment and a swifter decrease in unemployment feed into a more autonomous growth. This benefits the banking sector by sustaining restructuring efforts, more than ever dominated by a race to reduce NPLs. On the political front, the scenario of a post-election coalition between Forza Italia, the Centre and M. Renzi's democratic Party is loosing strength due to the latter's weakening.

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World - Macroeconomic Scenario for 2018-2019: Economic and financial forecasts

Italian politics back on the agenda: what are the risks?

  • Edition du 15 novembre 2017

    Having seen off the risk of a snap election at the beginning of the summer, Italy's political class was able to take a break before getting back to work with preparations for the forthcoming general election. The current parliamentary term is due to expire on 15 March 2018, but the chambers are likely to be dissolved as soon as the final Budget Act has been passed, no later than mid-January. Elections will then be able to take place between 45 and 70 days after the dissolution of parliament, thus opening up a window between March and June. The date is therefore more or less known.

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Italy – Political Issues – Renzi's comeback: to do what, when, and with whom?

  • Edition 16 May 2017

    Matteo Renzi has returned to frontline politics following his overwhelming victory in the Democratic Party (PD) primary. The relatively high turnout gave him sufficient legitimacy to go back on the campaign train for the upcoming partial local elections in June, and above all for the spring 2018 general election. The temptation to quickly spend his political capital by provoking the fall of the Gentiloni government and calling for an early general election in September 2017 is great.

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Italy vs Spain: do fundamentals justify trade?

  • Edition February 3, 2017

    Markets and institutional organisations favour a better recent dynamic in Spain, while Italy stands out as benefitting from a better status on various economic dimensions. Spain has started earlier implementing a series of post-crisis structural reforms, while Italy was standing on a better reform track in the 1990s. The latest impressive round of Italian structural reforms is too young to unveil their impact and has not been fully taken into account by observers.

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World - Macroeconomic Scenario for 2015-2016

  • Edition June 30, 2015

    We have had to revise down our cautiously optimistic March outlook slightly, for two reasons. First, US growth will be lower than expected in 2015 due to a disappointing first quarter. Secondly, the slowdown in the emerging countries will be a little more marked than originally forecast, with recessions in particular. Despite the improved outlook for growth in the Eurozone, the world economy as a whole is ultimately set to grow more slowly in 2015 than in 2014, before a rebound in 2016.

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Trying to save time is a waste of time

  • Edition July, 2013
    Playing for time while waiting for an improvement in the European economic situation risks miring the Italian economy in recession. Seeking to capitalise on the stability of the financial markets and fiscal consolidation in hopes of achieving some slight room for manoeuvre will not be enough, either. What is really needed are speedy measures to improve the financial situation of Italy's SMEs, even if it takes means other than traditional bank credit to do so.

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