Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti is in a race against time. He needs to secure government funding via a pan-Eurozone bond buying program before Italy's economic conditions deteriorate further.
Bloomberg/BW: - Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti is pressing his European counterparts to sign on to collective action to fight the financial crisis, trying to bridge a north- south divide in the euro area for help to lower borrowing costs.He has a reason to move quickly. The onset of Italy's deep recession may damage the nation's fiscal conditions as tax revenues decline. Without a backstop from the Eurozone (ESM and ECB) it may become increasingly difficult to roll government debt. With over €100bn of bonds to roll this year alone, this backstop becomes critical. And the latest economic indicators from Italy are showing a further deterioration.
Monti, who is due in Helsinki today for talks with Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, is seeking to capitalize on a pledge by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi to do whatever it takes to defend the euro. Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said the ECB shouldn’t exceed its inflation-fighting mandate, according to an article published on the German central bank’s website today.
|Manufacturing PMI (source: Markit)|
Markit: - "July saw the recession in the Italian manufacturing sector extend to a year. Moreover, the downturn was shown to have deepened as the PMI sank to its lowest level in three months, primarily reflecting a sharper reduction in staffing levels. A solid and accelerated decrease in stocks of purchases also dragged the headline index lower, and suggested that firms had grown more concerned about cash flow and were not anticipating a rise in production requirements in the near term."