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Homebuyers in Japan seen at risk on floating-rate loan rush

Aug 13, 2014

Homebuyers in Japan seen at risk on floating-rate loan rush

Homebuyers are piling into floating-rate mortgages, stirring debate over whether they are too complacent as Bank of Japan stimulus revives inflation. The proportion of home loans with adjustable rates climbed to 42.8 percent of new lending in February, the highest since December, according to ...

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 eyes yen-weakening action

| Apr 9, 2014

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has shown that a single unprecedented expansion of monetary policy has more impact than a series of smaller steps, and economists say he’s preparing to prove it again. The yen has tumbled almost 9 percent since Kuroda doubled ...

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 ...