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Bank of Japan


  • Are investors losing patience with the BOJ? Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    Investors poured funds into Japan stocks last year on hopes of more Bank of Japan easing, but it looks like next week's meeting will disappoint again.

  • Why things could be about to change for the dollar Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    The stage is set for a U.S. dollar breakout in the second half of the year.

  • BOJ taking a 'wait and see' approach: BofA Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 12:07 AM ET
    BOJ taking a 'wait and see' approach: BofA

    Masayuki Kichikawa, Chief Japan Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says the Bank of Japan's comments indicate that it maintains a "cautiously optimistic" view on the country's economy.

  • This could spur the BOJ into action Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 12:04 AM ET
    What can induce BOJ action?

    Following Japan's May industrial production report, the Bank of Japan will be looking at whether companies are investing again, says Martin Schulz, Senior Economist at Fujitsu Research Institute.

  • Is Japan heading for a new crisis? Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 4:35 AM ET
    Is Japan heading for a new crisis?

    Freya Beamish, economist at Lombard Street Research, says Japan could be forced to take more aggressive policy action to avoid "an actual crisis".

  • Abe needs backing of corporations in Japan: Pro Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 2:30 AM ET
    Abe needs backing of corporations in Japan: Pro

    Charles Beazley, former CEO of Nikko Asset Management, says Japanese Prime Minsiter Shinzo Abe needs corporates to work with his policies.

  • BOJ action may come sooner than expected: Pro Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 10:47 PM ET
    BOJ action may come sooner than expected: Pro

    Jesper Bargmann, Head of Trading Markets for Singapore at Nordea, says the Bank of Japan prefers a weaker yen and may take action faster than expected to curb the strength of its currency.

  • Are carry trades getting risky? Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 9:59 PM ET

    Expectations interest rates will be lower for longer have spurred "carry trades" funded by low-yielding currencies, but some warn it's not a safe bet.

  • Bond manager: 'Be petrified' about Japan's debt Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 5:01 PM ET
    A man walks past an electronic stock indicator at the window of a security company in Tokyo on May 16, 2014.

    Michael Hasenstab said that Japan's easy money policy will bolster global liquidity, but he warned that debt conditions there are worrisome.

  • Japan economy coming back 'very nicely': Pro Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 4:35 AM ET
    Japan economy coming back 'very nicely': Pro

    Jesper Koll, head of Japanese equity research at JPMorgan Securities Japan, discusses the Japanese economy and says that both consumer spending and business investment is growing.

  • Dollar edges up vs yen, sterling drives higher Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    The dollar was up around a third of a percent against the yen as markets listened to the Bank of Japan's latest comments on policy on Friday.

  • Japan corporate tax cut will help investment: Pro Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 4:25 AM ET
    Japan corporate tax cut will help investment: Pro

    Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says the Bank of Japan's pledge to cut the corporate tax rate will give the country much-needed business investment.

  • Mr Yen: Kuroda may reserve stimulus for year end Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 11:31 PM ET
    Mr Yen: BOJ's Kuroda has been very successful

    Eisuke Sakakibara, Former Vice Finance Minister of Japan from 1997 to 1999, says the central bank chief may ease at the end of this year or next year.

  • BOJ to hold fire until 2015: HSBC Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 10:50 PM ET
    BOJ may hold fire on easing till Q2 2015: HSBC

    Dominic Bunning, FX Strategist at HSBC, says the Bank of Japan may only introduce new monetary stimulus in the second quarter of 2015.

  • Is Japan Inc ready to spend its cache of cash? Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 11:43 PM ET

    Japan stocks have disappointed this year, but some funds are betting companies will finally put their piles of cash to work for shareholders.

  • Why dollar-yen won't breach 105: Barclays Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 10:45 PM ET
    Why dollar-yen won't go higher than 105: Barclays

    Hamish Pepper, Forex Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays, expects dollar-yen to peak at 105 amid high inflation in Japan and expectations that the central bank won't be easing soon.

  • BoJ won't act before October: Pro Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 4:20 AM ET
    BoJ won't act before October: Pro

    Masayuki Kichikawa, chief Japan economist at Bank of America Merill Lynch, says that Japan's revised GDP data shows that the Bank of Japan is less likely to act in the coming months.

  • When will the BOJ unveil fresh stimulus? Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | 6:24 PM ET
    Next BOJ easing likely to be year-end: RBA

    Junko Nishioka, Chief Economist for Japan at RBS, sees limited chances of additional easing by the central bank in the near future.

  • Betting on social change in Japan Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 7:16 PM ET
    Seven & I Holdings Co. new employees take notes during an initiation ceremony in Tokyo.

    With Japan facing an aging population and a looming labor shortage, more investors see opportunities in efforts to lure women into the workforce.

  • Here's the upside to weak Japan data Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 9:14 PM ET
    Did Japan's tax hike come at a wrong time?

    Simon Cox, MD & Investment Strategist, Asia Pacific, BNY Mellon, expects the Bank of Japan to take more action if the economy is doing worse than expected.