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BOJ keeps Record-Low Rates Unchanged, Maintains Yield Curve Control

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) kept its benchmark interest rates unchanged as expected on Wednesday, and also maintained its current rate of yield curve control, ducking market expectations for more hawkish signals. The Japanese yen plummeted after the move, dropping over 2% to 130.75 against the dollar, while yields on benchmark Japanese government bonds slumped over 3% to below the 0.5% level. The central bank maintained its short-term policy interest rate at negative 0.1%, and kept its long-term interest rate at 0%. The decision marks the seventh year that the…

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BOJ Considering Raising Inflation Forecasts to Near 2% Target -Nikkei

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) is considering raising its inflation forecasts in January to show price growth close to its 2% target in fiscal 2023 and 2024, Nikkei reported on Saturday.The BOJ jolted markets this month by widening its 10-year yield cap range, a move officially aimed at straightening out bond market distortions but seen by some analysts as a prelude to the exit from its ultra-loose monetary easing.Upgrades to the BOJ’s inflation forecast would further fuel such speculation as Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has said the central bank could discuss…

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BoJ Holds Ultra-Low Interest Rates, Raises 2022 Inflation Forecast

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) held interest rates at record lows as expected on Friday, and said inflation is likely to rise more in the near-term as the Japanese economy struggles with elevated raw material costs and supply chain issues The central bank held its target for short-term interest rates at negative 0.1%, and said in a statement that it will continue to guide the 10-year bond yield at 0%.The central bank now expects CPI inflation to end the year at 3%, higher than its previous forecast of 2.3%. But…

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Japan’s household spending falls at record pace as virus stalls economy

By Administrator_India Capital Sands Japan’s household spending fell at the fastest pace on record in April as the coronavirus shut down travel and dining-out in the world’s third-largest economy, and prospects of higher job losses chilled consumer sentiment. The dismal number will keep policymakers under pressure to prevent a larger decline in the economy, which is expected to fall deeper into recession this quarter. Household spending tumbled 11.1% in April from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday, marking the fastest pace of decline since comparable data became available…

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Japan eyes fresh $1.1 trillion stimulus to combat pandemic pain

By Administrator_India Capital Sands   Japan will compile a fresh stimulus package worth $1.1 trillion that will include a sizable amount of direct spending to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic, a draft of the budget obtained by Analyst showed on Wednesday. The stimulus, which will be funded partly by a second extra budget, will be on top of a $1.1 trillion package already rolled out last month, putting the total amount Japan spends to combat the virus fallout at 234 trillion yen – roughly 40% of Japan’s…

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Japan shares hit 10-week peak, S&P 500 tests 3,000

By Administrator_India Capital Sands   Asian shares forged ahead on Tuesday while U.S. stock futures challenged a major chart barrier as investors looked past Sino-U.S. trade tensions to more stimulus in China and a re-opening world economy. Japan’s Nikkei¬†led the way with a rise of 2% to its highest since early March when the economic impact of the coronavirus was just becoming clear. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 1.4%, while South Korea rose 1.1%. While Wall Street had been shut on Monday, E-Mini futures for the…

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Kuroda says Bank of Japan will do ‘whatever it can’ to beat pandemic fallout

By Administrator_India Capital Sands   Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday the central bank would do “whatever it can” to combat the growing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that a collapse in global activity would hamstring the economy. In a semi-annual testimony to parliament, Kuroda said the raft of monetary easing steps the central bank has taken so far is helping ease corporate funding strains and market jitters. But he warned the outlook for Japan’s economy was “highly uncertain” and dependent on when the pandemic is…

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