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Spain Bond Yields Spike Most In Over A Decade As “Referendum Risk” Spreads

As we warned earlier, there is the potential for broad risk premium re-pricing across European nations on the back of Scotland’s independence referendum decision; and nowhere is that more evident in the last 2 days than in Spanish bonds. So-called “referendum risk” – in this case related to Catalan independence – has sent Spanish bond yields up over 17bps (over 8.1% – the biggest single day jump since before the EU was formed) and risk spreads are 12-15bps wider as the UK experience (with growing support for UKIP alongside faster economic growth) raises the issue that economic recovery alone may not be enough to reverse the rise in anti-elite, anti-establishment sentiment across Europe.

It’s not just Scotland… (via Armstrong Economics)

Spanish bond yields are surging… as Catalan concerns build

 

with their biggest percentage jump since the EU was formed…

 

As we noted previously,

More broadly, “Referendum Risk” is one of the more powerful manifestations of what we have termed Vox Populi risk, the Crimea being a particularly powerful, if extreme, example. In particular, what happens in Scotland will be particularly closely watched in Spain, which is facing a referendum on Catalan independence.

 

Latent independence movements elsewhere, such as Belgium, could also be influenced by the outcome in Scotland. We regard the revival of local/national concerns, from Scotland to Spain and beyond, as part of continuing anti-establishment sentiment and a backlash against globalisation.

 

And the UK experience (with growing support for UKIP alongside faster economic growth) raises the issue that economic recovery alone may not be enough to reverse the rise in anti-elite, anti-establishment sentiment across Europe.

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