Italian Government Bond Prices Now On Offer From IG Index

By Ig Index, PRNE
Sunday, July 17, 2011

LONDON, July 18, 2011 -


Huge increase in secondary market
liquidity opens the way for spread bettors

IG Index, the UK’s leading financial href="">spread betting company, is now
offering its clients prices on sovereign debt issued by the
Republic of Italy. Known as Buoni del Tesoro Poliennali - or
BTPs - this new offering complements the existing treasury prices
that are already being quoted for various instruments in the
German, UK, US and Japanese bond markets.

David Jones, chief market strategist at IG Index, commented:

Historically, yields across all the
eurozone sovereign debt instruments were very similar,
with the German issues being seen as the benchmark. However, over
the last 12 months there has been a decoupling of this
relationship, so the heavily traded BOBL and BUND are no longer a
reasonable proxy for other
eurozone government bonds.
This also means there has been a huge increase in the volumes
traded in the underlying market for instruments like BTPs.

A liquid underlying market - combined with the current levels of
volatility and a steady flow of news that has the ability to impact
the price - has the potential to make BTPs popular with financial
spread bettors. An expanded interest in fixed income instruments as
a whole could follow as well.

David Jones, added:

Fixed income markets have often been seen as too
-moving to be of interest to the majority of the
financial spread betting community. However
, with
politicians, central bankers and ratings agencies now having the
potential to shift bond yields
,and so long as the
risk of default looms
, the popularity of trading these
instruments will continue to build.

IG Index is offering Long-Term Euro-BTP futures contracts as
determined by Eurex.

About IG Index

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betting provider, offering clients the ability to spread bet on
over 7,000 shares listed on markets worldwide, along with indices,
commodities and treasuries. Established in 1974, IG Index is part
of IG Group (IGG.L), which employs in excess of 900 people and has
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