Pimco Bullish on Italian and Spanish Debt

Investors are still betting big on sovereign debt from struggling euro zone countries even as European banks offload their investments in an attempt to meet strict new capital rules.
Global investment firm Pimco, which manages some of the biggest bond funds in the world and has $1.97 trillion under management, has outlined its bullishness on Italian and Spanish debt in its latest quarterly outlook.
“We are overweight Italy and Spain sovereign debt in our portfolios, balancing the cyclical outlook, where we expect the ECB (European Central Bank) to maintain stability,” Andrew Balls, managing director and head of European portfolio management at Pimco, said in client note on Tuesday afternoon.
“The size, liquidity and systemic importance of the Italian and Spanish markets make them our preferred source of peripheral risk.”

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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