On Wednesday Germany again sold 2 year-Bunds at negative yields. The yield was at 0.06%. This was the lowest value ever. The yield was at 0.06%. This was the lowest value ever. At the moment these are perceived to be a safe haven in the bond market amid ongoing uncertainties in Spain and Italy.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not willing to move ahead quickly with allowing direct aid for European banks from either EFSF or ESM. Instead, she confirmed that every state will have to guarantee for its banks. This will lead to higher deficits in states where banks need to apply for money from the bailout funds.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will step down as finance minister and the current deputy minister Vittorio Grilli will take his place, the government said today. The new finance minister is an expert in privatisation and former Credit Suisse banker.