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Mortgages are more expensive in August at about 80 euros per year
22 August 2010


The Euribor to twelve months, type that are referenced most mortgages in Spain, is expected to close in August 1.42%, nine hundredths above the level of August 2009 (1.334%), with the indicator break the downward course of the last 21 months and raise the mortgages for the first time since November 2008.

The increases will be slight and the pockets of consumers barely notice, however, the trend has reversed Euribor and henceforth the increases will be gradual. Specifically, for an average mortgage of 150,000 euros, to 25 years at an average spread of 0.80%, consumers paid from August of 651 euros a share, compared with EUR 645 paying ago year. This represents an increase of about six per month and about 72 euros per year.

Users with semi-annual review mortgages recorded a rise of 14 euros per month as pay 645 euros in August compared to the 637 euros they paid in February, when the Euribor stood at 1.225% level. The increase amounts to 84 euros per semester.

If the trend does not change and continued to add spikes monthly indicator - the fifth consecutive record in August - re-mortgages more expensive in the coming months. The experts consulted by Europa Press explains that the evolution that is registering the economy is the factor that is driven indicator increases, which could close the year at the level of 1.5% or 1.6%.

Atlas Capital analysts conclude that the upward movement will be slight and gradual, as the two factors that could cause a strong growth indicator is a rise in interest rates or a tightening of the interbank market increased due to the lack of liquidity .

In his view, neither of these two events will occur in the short term, and that rates will not rise until at least mid-2011, and the European Central Bank (ECB) has secured liquidity, although tensions between banks have not yet disappeared.

For this reason, believe that evolution Euribor corresponds to a movement of fit that is in line with the progress of incipient recovery in the economy that is recording, so that the rise of the indicator will light and progressive. They consider that if you register a sudden change, upwards or downwards, is because the situation has changed and institutions have to reapply for extraordinary measures.

Renta 4 analysts also agree that the Euribor futures point to a slight rise and prolonged until the ECB raising interest rates, a fact that, in his view, could occur in the second or third quarter of 2011.

For their part, experts from Selftrade Bank and IG Markets also explain that the indicator is "doomed" to rise, well-motivated by the differentials that are implementing the banks in their operations, either because interest rates will rise next year . However, they concluded that the market will still take years to see a Euribor at levels of 4% and 5%, as occurred in 2007 and 2008.

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A Visual Guide to Deflation
21 June 2009

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Three-month euro Libor rates were fixed at 1.828 percent
03 March 2009

 Commercial banks' overnight deposits at the European Central Bank inched higher as they continued to park cash with the bank rather than lend it in money markets..

Three-month euro Libor rates were fixed at 1.828 percent, their lowest ever during the currency's lifetime as Euribor bank-to-bank euro lending rates also hit a record low, pressured by generous short-term money supplies and expectations of lower official interest rates in coming months.

Three-month Euribor rates -- fixed daily by the Banking Federation of the European Union -- form a benchmark for much short-term commercial lending in Europe. Libor rates are fixed by the British Bankers Association.

The three-month euro Libor spread over OIS rates was a touch narrower at 98 basis points while the equivalent spread for sterling widened by four basis points to 166 basis points.

Spot Libor-OIS spreads for euro and sterling have widened this week as markets price in possible rate cuts next week by the ECB and the Bank of England.

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'False optimism’ pushes up property asking prices
16 February 2009

Almost as if to prove Disraeli’s dictum that there are “lies, damned lies and statistics”, asking prices for homes on sale in Britain are said to have risen by 1.2 per cent last month, a figure that you might think shows the property market bouncing back at last. In which case, you should think again.

According to Rightmove, the property website, which revealed the increase, it is down not to a much-wanted revival but to a burst of “false optimism” among those marketing their properties and a chronic shortage of new homes coming on to the market.

In the past four weeks 45 per cent fewer properties were put up for sale than in the same period last year – 75,140 new homes, compared with 137,442, Rightmove found. The website said that this lack of competition had prompted sellers and agents to become more bullish by raising asking prices, despite predictions that house prices have a further 10 per cent to fall.

Asking prices recorded by Rightmove increased from £213,570 in January to £216,163 this month, compared with an average sales price of £184,333, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Asking prices in London rose by 0.3 per cent, from £386,653 to £387,988. Rightmove said that national asking prices were down by 9.1 per cent on average over the year – the biggest annual fall it has ever recorded – but noted that properties are selling once 25 per cent has been knocked off the peak price.

Miles Shipside, director of Rightmove, said: “A lack of fresh stock leads some agents to suggest a more optimistic initial asking price, influencing a seller to give the most bullish estate agent the instruction to sell. This is a traditional tactic employed at the start of every year to attract fresh stock, but is a shortsighted move for both parties in a falling market.”

House prices have fallen by an estimated 17.2 per cent over the past year, according to Halifax, making property more affordable for those with enough cash. Figures from Hometrack, the property market research group, suggest that these house price falls have made it easier for some homeowners to trade up to a bigger property. For example, the gap between the average cost of a three-bedroom semidetached home and a four-bedroom detached property has narrowed by 10 per cent, Hometrack said. However, estate agents have reported that many keen buyers are not able to take advantage of lower prices because of a lack of mortgage finance.

Mr Shipside said that supply constraints were expected to ease as more and more “distressed” sales go to auction. Auction rooms are expecting an influx of new properties as the number of repossessions rises and lenders try to sell the homes on. Figures from Eigroup, the property auction company, showed a 22 per cent rise in the number of lots coming to auction in the past 12 months. The Council of Mortgage Lenders said that repossessions were expected to rise from about 45,000 last year to 75,000 in 2009.

Mr Shipside said: “Repossessions are still concentrated in relatively few areas of the country, though record numbers are rumoured to be in the pipeline, with some auction houses scheduling several ‘pile them high’ auctions.”

One focus for bargain-hunters today will be Savills residential auction. Lots include a seven-bedroom detached house in one of the best parts of Putney, southwest London. The property, which requires “complete upgrading”, was for sale at £2 million a year ago, but the auction guide price is £850,000.

Also being offered is Sleddale Hall, a remote farmhouse near Penrith in Cumbria, which became famous as Crow Cragg, the house of the lecherous Uncle Monty in Withnail and I, the 1987 cult movie. The guide price is £145,000. Kate Moss and Sir Philip Green are said to be interested in turning this rundown rural spread into an artists’ colony. However, fans of the film want to bid and have been trying to scrape together the cash through their website at

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Default fears as Ireland's debt costs continue to rise
14 February 2009

The cost of servicing the national debt continues to rise with investors becoming increasingly concerned at the possibility Ireland will default on its soaring debt pile.

And as government debt continues to surge, the slowing euro area economy has fuelled speculation that ECB lending rates will fall again. This rate speculation yesterday helped drive the key three-month inter-bank lending rate or Euribor to a record low.

With the Government, through the National Treasury Management Agency set to borrow some €15bn this year and take the total national debt towards the €70bn mark, investors yesterday drove up the cost of products used to insure against a default on Irish borrowing.

The cost of insuring against a default in Irish Government debt has now risen by 0.95pc in the past week with analysts lumping Ireland in with other European countries deemed to be a concern for investors.

Traders said yesterday that Ireland led a surge to record levels in the cost of insuring against a default on government bonds on concern the high price of bank bailouts and economic stimulus packages will strain public finances.

Higher debt default costs ultimately feed through to higher debt costs as investors look for better returns on riskier bonds or government debt.

A debt default by several euro-region countries has become more likely as nations struggle to finance the cost of bank bailouts and rescue packages, ING Groep analyst Carsten Brzeski said.


Investors are most concerned about Ireland and Greece, and may start assessing Portugal, Spain and Italy, Mr Brzeski, a senior economist at ING in Brussels, wrote yesterday.

"These countries have been hit hard by the financial crisis," Mr Brzeski wrote. "The risk of a sovereign default seems to be more reasonable. Many euro-zone countries will now finally get to learn the hard way why sustainable public finances are necessary." The outlook on Ireland's AAA credit rating was cut to "negative" from "stable" last month by Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service. Greece had its credit rating lowered one step to A- by S&P, the lowest among the 16 euro nations.

Credit-default swaps on Irish government bonds jumped 95 basis points to a record 355 basis points or 3.55pc, the most of any euro area country. This rate compares to 265 basis points on products insuring against a default by the Greeks.

Part of the problem is the government bank guarantee scheme -- the debts held by Irish financial institutions are more than 11 times the size of the economy, according to BNP Paribas SA. "The biggest budgetary offenders are facing a difficult future," Mr Brzeski said.

International investors are concerned not just by the domestic picture but the entire euro-region economy which contracted by 1.5pc or the most in, at least, 13 years in the fourth quarter, compounding pressure on the European Central Bank to reduce interest rates to an all-time low next month.

The ECB will cut rates by at least half a point next month and may have to consider something even more radical. The euro interbank-offered rate, or Euribor, for three-month loans fell to a record low of 1.94pc on speculation the ECB will reduce its key rate next month.

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Low remortgaging rates for overseas property
13 February 2009

Following the recent economic downturn many French property owners are looking to free some cash they have locked within those properties...

Remortgaging is the option some have taken to release cash to inject into their UK properties, bringing down their loan-to-value ratios, especially if they’re hoping to switch to a new mortgage deal. Within the market selected financial companies are now offering rates from around 3% on French properties.

Others may simply want to switch their overseas mortgage to a significantly cheaper rate and benefit from lower monthly repayments.

Another benefit of remortgaging an overseas property is that it’s possible to reduce your inheritance tax liability. In certain countries (subject to local tax legislation) such as France and Spain, it may reduce your liability as there is a debt/bigger debt on the property.

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10 February 2009

The fall in inter-bank lending rates continues: the three-month Euribor, on which rates of interest for mortgage loans are based, has fallen below 2 pct, its lowest since April 2004. The three-month rate has fallen to 1.989. The one-week Euribor has fallen to 1.382 pct, well below the 2 pct set by the ECB. The six-month rate is also sliding; at 2.069 pct it hits its lowest point since April 2004.

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Euribor lost the level of 2.2%
09 February 2009

The main indicator European mortgage, the Euribor has now lost the level of 2.2% to 0.77% drop, which stands at 2192%. This latest cut takes the average of February, which are revised mortgages up to 2228%, its lowest level since October 2005.

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The Euribor is placed in the 2209% and becoming closer to the official price of money
08 February 2009

The Euribor is still down for the joy of the mortgage. Yesterday, a day after the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to keep interest rates at 2%, but fell in the daily rate up to 2209%. Continue, it is possible that at the end of the month has been matched with the official price of money in the euro zone, analysts were expecting something to happen by mid-year.

After five days of trading, the monthly indicator which are referenced by the majority of mortgages granted in Spain and is positioned in the 2235%. The monthly average is to be taken into account when reviewing the loan.

Closing the month around 2%, down from 2.6% in January, half a mortgage of 150,000 euros to a repayment term of 25 years and a spread of 0.50 points over the Euribor was cheaper by about 200 per month, which would mean a saving of 2,400 euros a year.

Mortgage rates started to fall on October 10, two days after the world's major central banks decide in unison, reduce interest rates to the worrying situation of the financial system.

The Euribor has maintained since its downward trend, which has been strengthened thanks to the successive decreases in the price of money applied by the European Central Bank (ECB), the latest being in January, and the measures put in initiated by the countries of the European Union (EU) to increase the liquidity of banks.

The Spanish Mortgage Association (AHE), which represents banks and savings banks, estimates that the financial burden of Spanish families mortgaged fall this year at least 20% over 2008 supported by the decrease due to the Euribor.

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Primed for another volatile year
07 February 2009

By Jim Robinson

Last year was one of the most brutal in history, according to Ralph Gasser, fixed income product specialist at Julius Baer.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Julius Baer's €2.4bn (£2.2bn) Absolute Return Bond fund should have suffered.

Although the fund has largely succeeded in beating three-month Euribor by 2-3 per cent a year since it was launched in April 2004, it missed that target last year.

"Last year was tough for relative-value trades because there was such a big dislocation in the pricing of cash securities relative to derivatives, specifically post-Lehmans default," Mr Gasser says.

"It's normalising somewhat now, but in 2008, with liquidity drying up, cash bonds - which are at least two-thirds of the portfolio at any given time - significantly underperformed synthetic or derivative products, through which we are allowed to run shorts.

"On our long/short allocations, the shorts were more liquid synthetics, while the longs were on the cash side - the longs underperformed the shorts."

Consequently, the fund fell by approximately 2 per cent. And while that would have been a top-quartile performance against long-only peers, Mr Gasser concedes the return will be cold comfort for some investors.

Another factor, he says, has been the "generally negative tone" toward absolute-return funds. In 2008, investors began to "question the very rationale" behind the strategy, pulling money out - over the period, the fund's assets more than halved to €2.3bn.

Nonetheless, Mr Gasser remains optimistic for the year to come. "We are still on track to move back toward the defined-return target", he says. "It will take a bit of time, but we are confident we will get there."

The Absolute Return Bond fund, a Luxembourg-domiciled Sicav, employs similar techniques to Julius Baer's fixed income hedge funds, with the exception that the fund, being a Ucits III vehicle, cannot short cash securities or take on leverage.

The fund is managed by fixed income boutique Augustus Asset Managers, with all 16 portfolio managers contributing ideas to the portfolio.

"That approach is very much reflected in the fact that, since launch, we have consistently made money across cycles in all our sub-strategies, including interest rates, currencies, credit and equity-linked," Mr Gasser says.

That, combined with the managers' ability to be "very alert to sharp swings in market sentiment", should stand the fund in good stead.

"There will probably be more short-term moves in portfolio characteristics because the ability to react quickly to short-term changes in markets is what is going to dictate success to a large extent this year. Market technicals are likely to move very fast in 2009."

That trend, where markets are driven mainly not by fundamentals but by technicals or sentiment - such as the repatriation of money back into US dollars - is likely to prevail in 2009, Mr Gasser adds.

"A lot of these themes - probably in the other direction - will play out again, so being able to react quickly to short-term changes in market conditions will be extremely important. It's going to be a relatively volatile year, but then, that typically plays into our hands."

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