Italian Politics Keep Global Investors on Edge

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Fractious Italian politics sent tremors through global markets earlier this year. Investors have been hammering European stocks and bonds ever since, betting more trouble lies ahead.

The yield gap between Italian and German debt—which reflects the extra premium investors demand for holding Italian assets over their safer European counterparts—in August reached a five-year high, according to Tradeweb. Yields on 10-year Italian bonds have climbed above 3% to their highest levels since 2014.

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