Central Banks Bank of Japan


  • Here's why Japan Q4 GDP is 'underwhelming' Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 8:04 PM ET
    Here's why Japan Q4 GDP is 'underwhelming'

    Paul Krake, founder of View from the Peak: Macro Strategies, says both the Bank of Japan and the Abe administration have "lost control over policy tools" to lift inflationary expectations.

  • Why global markets could keep crushing the US Sunday, 8 Mar 2015 | 5:03 PM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    The better economy doesn't necessarily make for the stronger market. That's a lesson American investors have just learned the hard way.

  • A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of red flags at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, on Monday, March 2, 2015.

    China's officials are turning to Japan for economic history lessons, determined to avoid the long recession and deflation that blighted its neighbor.

  • Tracking the fall in Japan's household spending Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:30 PM ET
    Are Japanese consumers running out of money?

    With the sales tax hike jacking up the cost of spending, Japanese are consuming less, says Robert Medd, partner at GMT Research. He also discusses the possibility of a wage hike in March.

  • Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high amid mixed trade in Asia Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:22 AM ET
    A man is reflected in an electric quotation board flashing chart of the Nikkei index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

    Japanese shares outperformed the region by clinching a new multi-year high, as the rest of Asia traded mixed on Thursday.

  • Japan wages: Manufacturing consent Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:04 PM ET

    Shunto, the "spring offensive" by Japan's trade unions, is making a comeback on behalf of Japanese workers asking for a pay raise, the FT reports.

  • Japan exports roar ahead in January, trouncing forecasts Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 6:59 PM ET
    A worker walks through the assembly area at the East Japan Railway's Shinkansen General Rolling Stock Center in Rifu, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

    Japan's January exports rose 17.0 percent on-year, beating expectations, suggesting a weaker yen may be boosting demand for the country's products.

  • BoJ to announce more stimulus soon: Pro Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:15 AM ET
    BoJ to announce more stimulus soon: Pro

    Marcel Thieliant, Japan economist at Capital Economics, says the Bank of Japan "has more work to do" in weakening the yen, and could introduce further stimulus soon.

  • Traders work on the trading floor of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, which is seen with Chinese New Year decorations.

    Asian markets enjoyed a higher open on Wednesday, with Tokyo shares at a fresh 8-year high, following a positive lead from Wall Street overnight.

  • Will more BOJ easing be counterproductive? Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:16 AM ET
    Will more BOJ easing be counterproductive?

    Alvin Liew, Senior Economist at UOB, explains why he doesn't expect any additional easing anytime soon.

  • Is Japan Post overpaying for Toll? Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:02 AM ET
    Customer Katsumi Amano withdraws money from his bank account at a Japan Post Co. branch in Hachioji, Japan, on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.

    Japan Post is shelling out a nearly 50 percent premium to buy Australian freight player Toll, spurring concerns the Japanese behemoth may be overpaying.

  • No need for BoJ action: Economist Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 10:32 PM ET
    No need for BoJ action: Economist

    Takuji Okubo, Principal, Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, explains the central bank is in no hurry to unveil fresh stimulus.

  • Analysts still see more BOJ stimulus coming Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 9:53 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan kept its massive monetary stimulus program in place, as widely expected, but calls for the central bank to do more are growing.

  • To gauge the economy, don't look at bonds: Pro Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 8:15 PM ET
    To gauge the economy, don't look at bonds: Pro

    Kumar Palghat, director at Kapstream Capital, says bonds are no longer an indication of economic growth, especially in Japan where bond markets are manipulated by the Bank of Japan.

  • BOJ will achieve 2% inflation: LDP lawmaker Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 7:16 PM ET
    BOJ will achieve 2% inflation: LDP lawmaker

    Kozo Yamamoto, lawmaker with the Liberal Democratic Party, expects the Bank of Japan (BOJ) to attain its 2 percent inflation target next year.

  • How monetary policies will move China stocks Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 7:08 PM ET
    How monetary policies will move China stocks

    Talib Sheikh, portfolio manager in Global Investment Management Solutions, JP Morgan Asset Management, discusses the outlook for Chinese equities. He adds that he prefers going long Japanese shares.

  • BOJ will ease - the question is when Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:34 PM ET
    BOJ will ease - the question is when

    The Bank of Japan will announce additional easing measures but the timing remains uncertain, says Daisuke Nomoto, senior portfolio manager at Columbia Management Investment Advisers.

  • Asian stocks mixed on Greece fears, earnings Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:36 AM ET
    A woman waves a Greek national flag during an anti-austerity, pro-government demonstration outside the Greek parliament in Athens on the eve of a crucial euro zone finance minister's meeting to discuss the country's future, February 11, 2015.

    Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday as a break down in negotiations over Greece, along with a mixed bag of earnings, depressed trading sentiment.

  • Key risk events for the euro this week Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 12:17 AM ET
    Key risk events for the euro this week

    Saktiandi Supaat, head of Global FX Strategy at Maybank, says the euro could hit 1.13 to the dollar depending on the ECB meeting minutes due on Thursday and the outcome of Greece's debt negotiations on Friday.

  • Greek deal likely to materialize this week: BofA Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:47 PM ET
    Greek deal likely to materialize this week: BofA

    Adarsh Sinha, co-head of Asia Rates and Currencies Strategy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, explains why Greece and its international creditors will reach an agreement this Friday.