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Financial markets in Italy - statistics & facts

Italy is one of the world’s largest economies, being the eighth largest country in the world in by nominal GDP and, following Brexit, the third largest in the European Union (EU). As such the country is home to a highly developed financial sector, located primarily in the northern city of Milan. Along with its manufacturing and industrial sectors, the role that Milan plays as the home of Italian financial markets is one of the key reasons that it has the fourth largest GDP among Western European cities. In addition to the equity and derivative markets located in Milan, Italy also has one of the largest government bond markets in the world, with Italy having the second highest level of outstanding government debt of EU countries. And, as part of the eurozone, Italian banks and other financial actors are fully integrated into the pan-European money and foreign exchange markets.

The Borsa Italia

Otherwise called the Borsa Italia, the Milan Stock Exchange is one of Europe’s largest, with listed companies having a total market capitalization of around 600 billion euros. Two main markets comprise the Borsa Italiana: the Mercato Telematico Azionario (MTA), which is the segment for mid- and large-size companies; and the AIM Italia, which was established in 2009 to cater for high growth small and medium enterprises needing more flexibility around the reporting and governance requirements. Some of the better known companies on the Milan Stock Exchange are carmaker Ferrari, insurer Generali, and beverage producer Campari. Presently owned by the London Stock Exchange Group, in 2021 the operation of the Milan Stock Exchange will be taken over by Euronext, the largest stock exchange operator in Europe.

Other financial markets in Italy

Italy is one of the largest exporters in the world, being home to both a strong agricultural and manufacturing sector – with the latter including some of the world’s preeminent luxury goods and automobile brands. Accordingly, on top of the equity market, the outstanding debt of Italian corporations (in the form of bonds, notes, loans, and revolving credit facilities) totals over 300 billion euros, with the majority being considered investment grade, providing another market for investment. Further expanding the range of financial markets in Italy, the Milan Stock Exchange houses a derivatives market whose annual turnover is above 870 billion euros per year. On top of this, the daily turnover of the Italian over the counter (OTC) interest rate derivatives market totals around 11.4 million U.S. dollars per day. While none of these markets are individually world-leading, taken together they demonstrate how Italy is home to a large, developed financial sector.

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