Italy : Technical Note on the Financial Situation of Italian Households and Non-Financial Corporations and Risks to the Banking System

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department

Publication Date:

December 6, 2013

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This Technical Note examines the financial situation of Italian households and nonfinancial corporations and risks to the banking system. The credit risk from Italian households is mitigated by their considerable net wealth. Income has declined during the crisis, leading to tighter financial conditions for households, especially for young and low-income groups, but low indebtedness, high levels of assets, and declining interest rates have protected households from widespread debt payment difficulties. The financial situation of nonfinancial corporations, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, is fragile, as evidenced by already high loan default rates. Continued strong policy action will be important to mitigate the impact of these vulnerabilities, especially for firms.

Series:

Country Report No. 13/348

Subject:

Notes:

These documents have been produced in the context of the recent Italy FSAP as background documents to the Financial System Stability Assessment (FSSA) report that was discussed by the Executive Board on September 20, 2013 and published shortly thereafter (the FSSA is available here).

English

Publication Date:

December 6, 2013

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475566994/1934-7685

Stock No:

1ITAEA2013007

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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