"US policy predictability has diminished, with established international communication channels and relationship norms being set aside and raising the prospect of sudden, unanticipated changes in US policies with potential global implications. In Fitch's view, the present balance of risks points toward a less benign global outcome."
European stocks rise the first day in four, with Asian stocks, S&P futures and the Dollar all gaining following strong Apple earnings ahead of today's Fed decision and the U.K. parliament's first vote on the Article 50 bill.
The question should be for investors is where are all the Ratings Agencies since the US Government Strong Armed Standard & Poor`s for doing their job and warning about the rising US National Debt, which has gotten noticeably worse by a substantial margin since the initial downgrade by S&P.
"It has become increasingly clear that Moody’s rating methodology and agenda are far from objective and independent. Your current rating does not accurately reflect the city’s credit or our ability to pay debt service when due."
The collapse in the Turkish Lira, which has been relentless since last summer's failed coup, has only accelerated in 2017, and especially this morning, when the Turkish currency tumbled more than 2% against the dollar - its single worst day since the July 19 military coup attempt - sliding as low as 3.73, down over 5% so far in 2017, and over 23% in the past 12 months.
Moody's Investors Service has changed its outlook on Italy's banking system to negative from stable, reflecting the rating agency's view that the recognition of losses will depress the banking sector's profitability and erode its capital over the next 12 to 18 months, as well as the adverse effect upon confidence following the country's rejection of constitutional reforms.
Moments ago Fitch added some more fuel to the Italian bank fire when it announce it has changed its outlook on Italian banks to negative, a reflection of "its increased vulnerability to shocks following the asset-quality deterioration in legacy portfolios. A step-up in pressure from authorities and market participants on the sector to reduce the very high levels of impaired loans has increased urgency and risks for Italian banks"
While the post-Trump euphoria in US stocks has been the perfect distraction from the ugly realities elsewhere, this weekend's Italian Referendum could well be the biggest 'revolt' yet, topping Brexit and Trump. Should Italy vote "no", as polls forecast, PM Renzi may quit, leaving the Italian bank recapitalization would then be in jeopardy and, as Bloomberg's Mark Cranfield warns "we could be looking at a Greece-like market reaction on steroids."