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    1. Fast FT

      July 25, 2016

      Monte dei Paschi shares hit in key stress test week

      It’s a big week for Italian banks and things are off to an inauspicious start. Shares in Monte dei Paschi, Italy’s...

    2. July 8, 2016

      Italian bank intervention ‘cannot be ruled out’, Visco warns

      State intervention in Italy’s troubled banking system “cannot be ruled out” says Bank of Italy governor Ignazio Visco,...

    1. July 8, 2016

      Visco and Padoan flag intervention on Italian banks

      Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco has argued that public intervention in Italy’s troubled banking system “cannot be...

    2. Fast FT

      July 1, 2016

      Eurozone peripheral bonds: a land of confusion

      Puzzling scenes in the eurozone bond markets. Yields across the riskiest European government debt fell sharply in late...

    3. Fast FT

      June 27, 2016

      Italy considers new, state-backed bailout fund

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has confirmed Italy is proposing a bank bailout fund that would seek to use the...

    4. Fast FT

      June 10, 2016

      Italian industrial production beats forecast

      On Monday the Bank of Italy cut its growth forecasts for this year and next, but today Italian factories offered a...

    5. June 7, 2016

      For poor children to succeed, rich ones must fail

      Florence in 1427. The people at the top of the ladder are members of the city’s powerful guilds, while those at the...

    6. Fast FT

      June 6, 2016

      Italy central bank cuts 2016, 2017 growth forecasts

      The Bank of Italy on Monday trimmed its growth outlook for the country for this year and next amid a slowdown in...

    7. Fast FT

      May 31, 2016

      EU reforms damage financial system - Italian central bank

      The European Union’s attempts to shore up the continent’s banks have increased the vulnerability of the financial...

    8. May 19, 2016

      Europe’s quest for bank ‘bail-ins’ poses risks to retail investors

      When Ignazio Visco, governor of the Bank of Italy, spoke in Florence this month, his focus turned to regulation. At a...

    9. FT Data

      May 19, 2016

      How Italy got in (and out of) the debt trap

      This week the European Commission let Italy off the hook, granting the country extra flexibility – to the tune of 14...

    10. Fast FT

      April 29, 2016

      Contributions to Italy's bank rescue fund undershoot

      Italy’s banking rescue fund dubbed Atlas – after the Titan who held up the sky – has closed with a value of €4.25bn,...

    11. FT Data

      April 28, 2016

      The trials and tribulations of Italy's labour market in 8 charts

      Last year things were looking up in Italy. Employment, a sore subject after the international crisis, was growing and...

    12. April 15, 2016

      Italian banks: The rescue mission

      In January 2015, a team from the new European banking regulator in Frankfurt arrived in Vicenza to look at the books of...

    13. April 12, 2016

      Matteo Renzi’s banking plan in Italy is not ambitious enough

      Two years into his term of office, Matteo Renzi has finally turned to the problem that threatens not only to undermine...

    14. February 8, 2016

      Protesters turn up heat on Bank of Italy

      The Bank of Italy has long been considered a bastion of competence and stability in the eurozone’s third-largest...

    15. December 15, 2015

      Rome government forced into defence of regulators

      Matteo Renzi’s government has been forced to defend the Bank of Italy and market regulator Consob amid mounting...

    16. November 23, 2015

      Italy squares up to bad loans problem with bank resolution deal

      Italy has used a controversial state guarantee to rush through the rescue of four banks before EU “bail-in” rules come...

    17. July 7, 2015

      Italian asset managers: a class of their own

      Italy’s elevated public debt may not be anything to boast about but its private debt is low and its wealth is easily...

    18. February 25, 2015

      Italy to sell 5.7% of state-controlled utility Enel

      Italy’s Treasury has confirmed that it is selling a 5.7 per cent stake in state-controlled utility Enel, worth about...

    19. February 7, 2015

      Bank of Italy raises its growth forecast

      The Bank of Italy has raised its growth forecast for the Italy to more than 0.5 per cent in 2015 and above 1.5 per cent...

    20. October 31, 2014

      European banks: the more things change

      This was meant to be it. The clean slate. The line in the sand. The fresh start. Sunday’s official assessments of...

    21. October 27, 2014

      Italy rules out public money for banks that failed stress tests

      Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, defended his country’s banking system after it emerged with the greatest...

    22. October 26, 2014

      Rome bankers protest at stress test results

      Analysts and investors have taken the howls of protest from Italian central bank officials on Sunday as evidence that...

    23. October 26, 2014

      MPS vulnerability exposed by ECB

      Italian central bank officials did their best to cast a positive spin on the results of the European Central Bank’s...

    24. August 29, 2014

      Renzi’s test to start with reform of Italy’s justice system

      Matteo Renzi may have taken part in the ice bucket challenge last week, pouring cold water over himself for charity,...

    25. The World

      May 23, 2014

      Italy's economy gets a little stimulus

      For decades Italy has been dragged down by the pervasive presence of criminal organisations. But, for once, the mafia...

    26. May 22, 2014

      Italian bankers arrested on fraud allegations

      Italy’s financial police have arrested the vice-chairman of the country’s banking association and six others on...

    27. May 2, 2014

      Bank of Italy warns of ‘fragile’ recovery

      Italy’s economic recovery is taking hold but remains “fragile”, the Bank of Italy has warned, noting that credit...

    28. April 8, 2014

      Renzi cuts Italy growth forecasts to 0.8% but repeats tax cut pledge

      Matteo Renzi has lowered Italy’s 2014 growth forecasts but says he intends to maintain his pledge to cut income taxes...

    29. March 4, 2014

      Italian finance: Time to modernise

      As the tourist season was heating up last summer in the southern Italian region of Puglia, officials from the Bank of...

    30. February 9, 2014

      Italy rejects ‘bad bank’ plan over credit rating fears

      Italy has rejected the idea of setting up a “bad bank” for fear that it will focus market attention on the exposure of...

    31. December 18, 2013

      Italy steps up supervision of lenders

      As Spain’s banking sector consolidates, in Italy the central bank has increased supervision of the country’s lenders...

    32. FT Alphaville

      November 28, 2013

      Please sir, I want some more: Italy edition

      Presenting Italy, a central plank in the argument for a new vLTRO or at least an extension of what we already have:...

    33. FT Alphaville

      July 30, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Asian shares rose as the yen weakened and after mixed data from Japan. The Nikkei was 1.5% higher and the Kospi rose...

    34. May 31, 2013

      God’s new banker

      Any banker might feel the need for divine intervention these days to survive a career in finance. Ernst von Freyberg...

    35. The World

      May 28, 2013

      The Roman mile: the Bank of Italy and the economy ministry are drawing ever closer

      Fabrizio Saccomanni It takes a little more than 15 minutes to cover the mile-long distance that separates the Bank of...

    36. May 9, 2013

      Bad loans data hit Italian bank shares

      Bad loans data from the Bank of Italy delivered a blow to the country’s bank shares. The figures showed they grew at a...

    37. April 29, 2013

      Italy debt costs fall to lowest since late 2010

      Italy’s borrowing costs have fallen to their lowest level since late 2010 at a treasury auction of €6bn of five- and...

    38. April 28, 2013

      Mayhem greets Italy’s grand coalition

      Mario Monti and his technocrats were propelled into office 18 months ago by an external crisis on panicking debt...

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