When you buy bonds - whether Italian or any other - you have to pay, in effect, a deposit.
Robert Peston explains how, as a result of demanding more cash for Italian bond deposits, the price of Italian government bonds as fallen leading to a rise in the implicit interest rate on debt.
That interest rate is above 6.70%, he explains, dangerously close the 7% that, in the case of Ireland, Portugal and Greece, led to the need for a rescue package.
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