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Italian, Spanish Note Demand Is Increasing, HSBC’s Major Says

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Sept. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Demand for short-maturity Italian and Spanish debt is rising as investors' risk aversion wanes, according to Steven Major, global head of fixed-income research at HSBC Holdings Plc.

“Investors are now looking at putting risk on rather than taking it off, because they realize that there’s hardly any value in crowding into Treasuries and German bunds that yield nothing,” London-based Major said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse” with Francine Lacqua. “There are now signs that people want to buy short-dated Italy and Spain. You can see some recovery there.”

Italian two-year note yields rose three basis points to 4.40 percent at 10:41 a.m. in London, having climbed from 3.09 percent at the start of the third-quarter. The yield on similar maturity Spanish debt was little changed at 3.41 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lucy Meakin in London at lmeakin1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Tilles at dtilles@bloomberg.net.

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