Bank of Japan

Japanese Monetary Policy Not Changed

June 20, 2019

Following its scheduled monetary policy review, the Bank of Japan left its stance unchanged but observed weak industrial production, export demand, housing, and expected inflation. Amid escalating global uncertainties and ahead of a planned domestic sales tax hike, BOJ officials flagged a rising possibility of more easing in the future, but the credibility of that […] More

Dollar Down on a Perfect Storm of Tensions Fraught with Uncertainty

June 20, 2019

The dollar lost 0.6-0.9% overnight against the euro, Swiss franc, loonie, yuan, kiwi, Australian dollar and Mexican peso. The greenback also has fallen 0.4% relative to the yen and 0.3% vis-a-vis sterling. The list of unknowns keeps lengthening. Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone, seemingly bringing another Middle East war closer. From Fed Chairman […] More

Bank of Japan Keeps Rates Policy Unchanged and Updates Forecasts

April 25, 2019

The third scheduled Japanese monetary policy review of 2019 coincided with publication of the quarterly Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices, in which the baseline projections have been updated for GDP growth and core CPI inflation (excluding fresh food and adjusted to exclude as well the effect of a 2-percentage point consumption sales tax due […] More

Stronger Dollar, Weaker Stocks, and Four Central Bank Meetings

April 25, 2019

The dollar advanced overnight by 0.4% against the yuan and peso, 0.3% relative to the euro, 0.2% versus the Swiss franc, sterling and Australian dollar, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie. One currency against which the dollar fell was the yen, which climbed 0.3%. Share prices dived 2.4% in China to a 3-week low on continuing […] More

Bank of Japan Stance Left Unchanged

March 15, 2019

The latest Bank of Japan policy review as expected left targets for the overnight interest rate (-0.1%), the 10-year JGB yield (around 0%), and other quantitative elements of that central bank’s easy stance unchanged. In a released statement, Board members did downgrade their views of global growth and Japanese exports and industrial production, observing recent […] More

Muted Overnight Moves in Dollar but Share Prices Up

March 15, 2019

The dollar this Ides of March is unchanged from Thursday closing levels against the yen, loonie and Swiss franc. The dollar fell 0.2% against the euro, sterling and Australian and New Zealand dollars and by 0.1% versus the yuan. Share prices rose 1.3% in China, 0.8% in Japan, and 0.6% in Hong Kong and show […] More

Bank of Japan Board Cuts Projected Inflation but Leaves Monetary Stance Unchanged

January 23, 2019

This week’s two-day BOJ Board meeting ending today coincided with the publication of a new quarterly Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices. These reports convey changes in projected GDP growth and core CPI inflation, which excludes perishable foods. The table below compares the latest forecasts identified in rows labeled GDP-JAN with earlier ones made in […] More

Softer Dollar and Yen

January 23, 2019

The yen fell 0.4% against the dollar overnight on data news and the Bank of Japan’s downward revision of projected core inflation for fiscal 2018, fiscal 2019, and fiscal 2020. The Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged and also revised growth downward in the current fiscal year ending March 31 . BOJ Governor […] More

Will U.S. Stocks Get Boxed Again: That is the Question

December 26, 2018

Many, many markets remained closed today for Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day (Italy) or a second day of Xmas (Germany and Hong Kong), but stock exchanges in the United States, where the DJIA tanked over 600 points in an abbreviated session on Christmas Eve, reopen and may set the tone for the rest of the […] More

Softer Dollar on the First Day After the Fed’s Rate Hike

December 20, 2018

Markets did not take comfort from Wednesday’s FOMC interest rate hike or the upbeat economic prognosis of Chairman Powell. The dollar fell overnight by 0.6% against the euro, 0.5% relative to the yen and  Swiss franc, 0.4% vis-a-vis sterling, 0.3% versus the Australian dollar, and 0.2% against the yuan and loonie. Share prices fared poorly […] More

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