Investors view a “Brexit” as a growing concern for the EU


The sentix Euro Breakup Index (EBI) remains unchanged at 16.7% in April. The force behind the persistent break-up risks remains unfavourable news from the Aegean. Though, investors shift their attention to the European Union level amid an intensifying “Brexit” debate. As investors only see a moderate probability for a “Brexit”, however, the associated risks could threaten the stability of the EU.

Overall, the likelihood of a potential euro break-up scenario remains low at around 16.7% in April. Also, investors perceive lower risks regarding possible contagion effects. The sentix contagion risk index drops by 2 points to 26.16%. Even the failed Dutch referendum about the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine has no visible effects on the sentix EBI values, hence on the stability of the currency block. However, under consideration of the latest developments in the euro-periphery, only Greece remains under scrutiny. In fact, only the Greek EBI value has risen by more than 1 point to 15,7%. In the run-up for the British “in or out” referendum investors react increasingly agitated news about a potential Brexit. The problems of the euro periphery are eclipsed, for the moment.

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The 1081 investors surveyed by sentix think that the general risk associated with a potential “Brexit” is moderate, at least for now. Only 19% of institutional and around 30% of private investors think that an exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union is imminent. Addressing the question about immediate consequences of a “Brexit” for financial markets, 75.5% of institutional investors reckon that equity markets would be adversely affected. Furthermore, around 70.5% of institutional investors responded that the GBP/USD exchange rate would be hit hard. In contrast, real estate and bonds are seen in a different light. A significant share of investors perceives lower risks for both of these asset classes amid a break-up scenario.

Ultimately, a Brexit would have devastating consequences for the cohesion of Europe according to survey participants. Almost 77% of institutional investors disclose that if does Britain leave the EU, the stability of the Union at its core is at stake.


The sentix Euro Breakup Index is published on a monthly basis and was launched in June 2012. Its poll is running for two days around the fourth Friday of each month. Results are regularly published on the following Tuesday morning. Survey participants may choose up to three euro-zone member states of which they think they will quit the currency union within the next twelve months. Further details on the sentix Euro Breakup Index can be found on
This month’s reading of 16.7% means that currently this percentage of all surveyed investors expect the euro to break up within the next twelve months. The EBI has reached its high at 73% in July 2012 and touched its low at 7.6% in July 2014.
The current poll in which 1081 individual and institutional investors participated was conducted from April 21 to April 23, 2016.

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