The depreciating euro currency could help promote healthier growth in the Italian markets and country-specific exchange traded fund.
Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy’s finance minister, argued that the euro, which traded at about $1.132 Tuesday from $1.39 back in May 2014, is now trading at a level more consistent with economic fundamentals, the Financial Times reports.
“The macro picture in Europe . . . is now a little bit more encouraging than it was a few months ago,” Padoan said, adding that the euro is “approaching… a more fundamental, consistent exchange rate.”
The euro currency has been weakening ever since the European Central Bank announced its aggressive quantitative easing program. [Ahead of ECB Meeting, a Rush to Europe ETFs]
Italy’s economy significantly benefits from the weaker euro currency as most of its competitive industries, including manufacturing, food and wine, heavily depend on exports – a weak euro makes Italian goods cheaper for foreign buyers.
Italy is the seventh largest exporting economy in terms of gross exports and fifth largest manufacturing producer in the world, writes Michael Hennigan for Finfacts.