Outlook is not bright for euro-zone peripheral bonds

We think that government bonds in the euro-zone “periphery” will fare quite poorly in the next two years – particularly in Italy and Greece – as growth disappoints and deficits overshoot expectations; European elections raise concerns; and the ECB refrains from adding to its holdings.
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