Are Italy’s Banks About to Explode?

Insight from January of 2016 for today regarding the Italian economic crisis:

 

Italian banking stocks saw another day of meltdown on January 19 as skittish investors were spooked by the country’s burgeoning toxic loan crisis.(GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Italian banking stocks saw another day of meltdown on January 19 as skittish investors were spooked by the country’s burgeoning toxic loan crisis. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

 

How a banking crisis in Italy could reverberate around the world

The value of Italy’s third-largest bank has plummeted by 60 percent since the start of this year. There are signs many are pulling money out of Banca Monte dei Paschi, out of Italian banks, and out of Italy in general. Even if the nation is not hit by a banking crisis imminently, the dire situation in Italy’s banks and its whole economy could still cause a financial disaster in Europe that would reverberate around the world.

We’re not talking a Greece-type crisis here. Italy is the eurozone’s third-largest economy, and the eighth largest in the world. Its economy is over seven times the size of Greece’s. An economic collapse in Italy would put Europe in a crisis far, far worse than the ongoing Greece crisis. Continue reading