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Bank of Japan launches its version of US Federal Reserve`s "Main Street" lending scheme
Fri, May 22, 2020
Japan`s central bank created its own version of the U.S. Federal Reserve`s "Main Street" lending programme to channel more money to small businesses.
BOJ deputy government nominee says crafting new policy for easing an option
Wed, Mar 07, 2018
The Bank of Japan can come up with new policy steps if it were to expand its ultra-loose monetary stimulus, said Masazumi Wakatabe, a nominee for deputy governor, in a sign the central bank will have a formidable opponent of whittling down its massive bond-buying programme. But Wakatabe said the
BOJ hoses down market speculation of early stimulus exit
Wed, Jan 31, 2018
BOJ Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata said on Wednesday the central bank must maintain its "powerful" monetary easing with inflation still distant from its 2 percent target.
BOJ should stick with 'Abenomics', whoever next governor is: Japan PM adviser
Tue, Jan 30, 2018
The next Bank of Japan governor should maintain the central bank`s ultra-accommodative stimulus, a key part of the "Abenomics" policy mix, an economic adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
BOJ keeps policy unchanged, slightly more upbeat on inflation outlook
Tue, Jan 23, 2018
As widely expected, the BOJ maintained a pledge to guide short-term interest rates at minus 0.1 percent and 10-year bond yields around zero percent at its two-day rate review that ended on Tuesday.
Asian shares slip as iron ore softens, euro near three-year top
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
MSCI`s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.2 percent in early trade. U.S. markets were closed for a public holiday on Monday.
Global Markets: BoJ's tweak buoys yen, stocks rally rumbles on
Tue, Jan 09, 2018
A tweak to the Bank of Japan’s bond-buying programme caused the yen to rise on Tuesday, while gains from commodity stocks as oil hit its highest since 2015 helped world shares maintain their flying start to the year.
Global Markets: Bumper year for stocks and commodities, downer for the dollar
Fri, Dec 29, 2017
Asian markets were ending 2017 in a party mood on Friday after a year in which a concerted pick-up in global growth boosted corporate profits and commodity prices, while benign inflation kept central banks from taking away the monetary punch bowl.
Japan's factories, retailers rev up, central bankers flag stimulus reduction
Thu, Dec 28, 2017
Data showed Japanese companies forecast a further increase in industrial production in December as robust overseas demand continues to support factory activity and broader economic growth.
Gold hovers below 2 week high, but eyes second weekly gain
Fri, Dec 22, 2017
Gold prices traded just below a two-week high on Friday, pressured by a firmer dollar, but was on track to log a second consecutive week of gains.
Asia stocks subdued as US tax cuts belt bonds
Thu, Dec 21, 2017
Asian markets offered a muted reaction on Thursday to the passage of U.S. tax cuts as benefits to company bottom lines were already baked into stock prices, while bonds were spooked by the blowout in government debt needed to fund the giveaways.
Bubble or breakthrough? Bitcoin keeps central bankers on edge
Mon, Nov 27, 2017
Central bankers say the success of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is just a bubble. But it keeps them awake at night because these private currencies threaten their control of the banking system and money supply, which could undermine the monetary policies they use to manage inflation.
BOJ keeps policy steady; newcomer signals desire for future easing
Tue, Oct 31, 2017
New board member Goushi Kataoka dissented from the BOJ board`s decision to maintain its interest rate targets, arguing that the BOJ should buy government bonds so that 15-year JGB yields would remain at less than 0.2%.
Nikkei probes more than two-year highs as yen eases, Apple suppliers fall
Thu, Sep 21, 2017
The Nikkei was up 0.8% at the end of morning trading at 20,479.88 points, its highest since August 2015.
Gold hits three-week low; Fed rate hike outlook weighs
Thu, Sep 21, 2017
Spot gold was down 0.2% at $1,298.61 an ounce at 0054 GMT, after earlier dropping to lowest since late August at $1295.65.
Global markets: Dollar's decline, China optimism boost Asia stocks, commodities
Wed, Jul 19, 2017
"Globally, financial conditions tend to improve when the dollar is weak and vice versa," they added. "The falling dollar – still the globe`s major reserve and funding currency – tends to see risk appetite flourishing."
BOJ holds policy steady; upgrades view on global growth
Fri, Jun 16, 2017
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Friday and upgraded its assessment of private consumption and overseas growth, signalling its confidence that an export-driven economic recovery was broadening and gaining momentum.
BOJ's balance sheet reaches 500 trillion yen, about to overtake Fed
Fri, Jun 02, 2017
Data from the BOJ showed its total assets rose to 500.8 trillion yen at the end of May, compared to 425.7 trillion yen a year earlier. It was 164.8 trillion yen when Governor Haruhiko Kuroda took the helm in March 2013.
Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says Bank of Japan facing ''challenging'' situation amid low inflation
Sat, May 06, 2017
The Bank of Japan's Governor Haruhiko Kuroda in a recently held seminar has said that the central bank is facing big challenges as inflation holds well below its 2% target, whereby underscoring the importance for the bank to maintain its massive stimulus programme.
Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy steady as US Fed hikes interest rate in three months
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Bank of Japan on Thursday kept monetary policy steady in the wake of the US Federal Reserve`s second interest rate hike in three months.