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Have the German authorities unsettled investors?

As we mentioned earlier today, the German authorities have banned short selling of Euro denominated German government bonds in an attempt to reduce volatility in the European debt market. However, there is growing concern this afternoon that the actions of the German government and the accompanying comments regarding the Euro have unsettled investors.

The futures market is indicating a lower US market at the open amid concerns that investors are taking stock of comments regarding the strength of the Euro and problems which may lie ahead. It would seem that despite attempts to try and shore up the European Union over the last few weeks there are still fundamental concerns about the structure of the EU.

It is also becoming clear that the German authorities took the action to suspend short-selling of German bonds without consulting any other EU partners. There is a growing belief that the more influential European powers such as France and Germany are not as close as they once were and divisions are starting to materialise. If the cracks are starting to show in the EU at such an early stage what does this say about the future of what was supposed to be the next great power in worldwide trading?

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