Bank of Japan

Bank of Japan Addresses Liquidity Squeeze With Several Policy Changes but Stops Short of Cutting Interest Rates Further

March 16, 2020

The Bank of Japan held an emergency Board meeting that lasted roughly two hours and then announced a number of actions clearly motivated by the approaching corporate fiscal yearend on March 31st.  Unlike central banks in the U.S., South Korea, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau, Japanese officials did not cut their targeted interest rates […] More

Bank of Japan Leaves Policy Settings Unchanged

January 21, 2020

This month’s Bank of Japan meeting of the Policy Board concluded with no change in policy settings and the release of the quarterly Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices which includes a perplexing mix of upgraded growth forecasts but downgraded estimates of future core inflation. The announcement of no policy change after four hours and […] More

Virus Scare Grabs the Market’s Attention

January 21, 2020

Nothing changes the mood of investors like the sudden emergence of an unknown unknown. Just last week, markets were rejoicing about the signing of a Phase I trade deal between China and the United States, which engendered hopes of lessening trade tensions not just between the world’s two largest economies but elsewhere as well. Investors […] More

Thursday Rundown of Overnight News, Data Reports, and Central Bank Decisions

December 19, 2019

President Trump has been impeached by a House of Representatives partisan vote of 229-197. He will get a trial in the senate. Market movements today are mostly unremarkable. Sovereign debt yields are up. Equities are down a bit in Europe but started on an up note in the United States. New Zealand’s stock market rallied […] More

Bank of Japan Leaves Policy Settings as Is but Cuts Projected Growth and Inflation

October 31, 2019

The Bank of Japan’s latest policy review, a meeting lasting five hours and 18 minutes over two days, produced no change in policy settings: a negative 0.1% short-term policy interest rate, a targeted 10-year JGB yield of “around zero percent,” and plans to buy about JPY 80 tln of JGB’s annually. This month’s policy review […] More

Soft Economic Data and China Balking on a Long-Term Trade Deal

October 31, 2019

Equity markets today are down 1.1% in India, 0.9% in the U.K., and 0.4% in China and Australia. 10-year sovereign debt yields also reflect a more cautious investor mood. Canada’s 10-year yield tumbled 15 basis points on Wednesday. Today, the 10-year German bund and British gilt yields are down 5 bps, and the U.S. Treasury […] More

Eight More Central Bank Meetings, a U.S. Current Account Report, and Downgraded Global Growth

September 19, 2019

Dollar movement overnight was mixed, with gains against the Australian dollar, kiwi, sterling, and yuan but losses relative to the yen, Swiss franc, euro, loonie and peso. The 10-year U.S. Treasury and Japanese JGB yields fell three basis points. Their German and British counterparts are respective a basis point higher and a basis point lower. […] More

European Economic Sentiment Stumbled in July

July 30, 2019

European share prices fell Tuesday, depressed by an unexpectedly large slide in economic sentiment in the euro area to a 40-month low of 102.7 in July. That’s down from 105.2 just two months earlier and 111.2 a year ago. Germany’s economic sentiment slumped 2.4 points between June and July. Two big factors are sapping the […] More

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

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