Germany-Italy bond yield spread widens to record
The difference between the German and Italian sovereign 10-year bond yields widened on Friday to a record of 4.57 percentage points.
The difference in the cost of borrowing for the two countries widened because money flowed into safe-haven German bonds, pushing down the fixed interest on those bonds, while concern about the state of Italy's public finances sent Italian rates up.
The yield on 10-year Italian debt also rose to a record high point, putting Italy close to levels at which financing its debt mountain is widely considered to be unsustainable.
© 2011 AFP