Apr 11, 2016

BOJ's backfire hangs over central bankers as IMF meetings start

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The world’s central bankers, already hitting the limits of their effectiveness on growth and inflation, are now contending with another risk: that additional stimulus could produce lackluster results and undercut investor confidence. The Bank of Japan’s decision in January to take interest rates negative ...

Apr 8, 2016

Top analyst eyes rally below ¥105

The top forecaster for the yen is bracing for it to strengthen below ¥105 versus the dollar as demand for the currency as a haven from market turmoil thwarts efforts by the government to stem the rally. Julius Baer Group Ltd. will probably revise ...

Apr 7, 2016

Japan is fast approaching the limits of quantitative easing

The Bank of Japan is running out of government bonds to buy. Its would-be counterparts have become increasingly unwilling to sell the debt that monetary policymakers have pledged to buy, and the most recently issued 30-year Japanese bond did not record a single trade ...

Apr 4, 2016

Japan Inc. inflation expectations decline as confidence wanes

Japanese companies have cut their inflation forecasts for the next five years, indicating that even after adopting a negative-rate policy, the Bank of Japan is struggling to persuade businesses that sustained price gains will take hold. Companies are projecting 1.2 percent inflation in five ...

Apr 1, 2016

Japanese banks see 'difficult' year ahead with negative rates

Negative interest rates will make next year a difficult one for Japanese lenders, and the central bank should examine the impact of the policy before pushing them further below zero, the new head of the country’s banking lobby said. The Bank of Japan’s decision ...