The Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters is now Refinitiv

All names and marks owned by Thomson Reuters, including "Thomson", "Reuters" and the Kinesis logo are used under license from Thomson Reuters and its affiliated companies.

September 24, 2018

Chart of the Week: Fiscal Uncertainty Weighing on Italian Sentiment

by Fathom Consulting.

by Fathom Consulting.

Since the turn of the year, and more broadly over the full timescale of our indicator, Italy’s ESI has been considerably more volatile than that of other euro area countries. After peaking at 1.3% in January, the indicator has now more than halved to 0.6%.  It fell 0.3 percentage points in August alone, as uncertainty over the composition of the upcoming budget continued to unnerve investors and undermine economic sentiment.

Among euro area countries, Italy’s government debt is second only to that of Greece, hovering around 130% of GDP. The country can ill afford to add to this burden. Nevertheless, it is looking increasingly likely that Italy is set to buck the trend across the euro area and loosen fiscal policy. As a result, the economy could well receive a short-term boost. We forecast GDP growth in Italy to come in at 1.1% this year, moderating slightly to 0.9% next year.

Refresh the chart in your browser | Edit chart in Datastream

______________________________________________________________________

Thomson Reuters Datastream

Financial time series database which allows you to identify and examine trends, generate and test ideas and develop view points on the market.

Thomson Reuters offers the world’s most comprehensive historical database for numerical macroeconomic and cross-asset financial data which started in the 1950s and has grown into an indispensable resource for financial professionals. Find out more.

Get In Touch

Subscribe