Italian deficit narrows in third quarter

Now that Japan has an open door to buy euro to ‘help out’ the region’s finances, and the ECB’s funding terms and conditions forcing deflationary austerity measures that continue to bring euro zone deficits down, I’m itching to buy the euro vs the yen.

At some point, however, and maybe as soon as q3 this year, or even sometime in q2, the austerity in the euro zone will fail to reduce deficits and instead the tightening measures will cause growth to go into reverse and deficits to increase, causing fundamental euro weakness.

But until then, the euro remains fundamentally strong, with technicals/one time portfolio shifts causing the sell offs.

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Italian deficit narrows in third quarter

Italian deficit narrows in third quarter

(FT) Italy’s public budget deficit narrowed in the third quarter of last year, putting the economy on track to hit government austerity targets of about 5 per cent of gross domestic product in 2010. As a result of austerity measures passed in December, Italy is targeting a public budget deficit of 3.9 per cent in 2011 and 2.7 per cent in 2012. Debt is expected to peak at about 120 per cent of gross domestic product this year, giving the economy ministry little room to manoeuvre. In the third quarter, the public deficit narrowed to 3.2 per cent of GDP compared with 3.9 per cent in the period a year earlier, according to data from the national statistics office. It narrowed to 5.1 per cent of GDP in the first nine months, down from 5.5 per cent a year earlier.

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