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If ECB sees market 'panic,' will activate debt shield, Visco says

If ECB sees market 'panic,' will activate debt shield, Visco says
If ECB sees market 'panic,' will activate debt shield, Visco says Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022
Copyright Thomson Reuters 2022
By Reuters
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FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank needs to see signs of "panic" on bond markets to activate its debt-buying programme, ECB policymaker Ignazio Visco said on Thursday after a rise in Italy's risk premium over Germany in recent days.

"This distance for the time being and the way it has developed does not call for substantial turmoil or something disorderly," Visco, who is also governor of the Bank of Italy, said of Italy's bond spread, currently at around 245 basis points.

"This is crucial: if tomorrow we start seeing 250, 55, 60 and so on - something that (means) there is panic in the market, we act and kill the market."

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