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Yen may soar if BOJ misses inflation goal

May 9, 2014

Yen may soar if BOJ misses inflation goal

The Bank of Japan’s failure to achieve its inflation target will see the yen rebound to its highest since 2012, reversing the results of its unprecedented stimulus, according to Tokai Tokyo Securities Co. The currency will strengthen beyond 85 per dollar “by this fall,” ...

Kuroda stimulus policies backfire as mortgage costs rise

May 9, 2013

Kuroda stimulus policies backfire as mortgage costs rise

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s stimulus policies are backfiring in the housing market, where mortgage rates are rising even as the central bank floods the financial system with cash. Fixed 35-year home-loan costs rose to 1.81 percent this month, the first increase since ...