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Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund announced it will put half its assets in stocks and cut its holdings of government bonds, boosting global markets.
European stocks were also sharply higher after the Nikkei closed up nearly 5 percent. The Bank of Japan Friday added more stimulus to that country's fragile economy.
The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Friday expanded its monetary base target, a move aimed at supporting an economy that's struggled since the nation-wide tax hike took effect in April.
Friday's decision is a move by the central bank to "drive out all doubts about how it will achieve its desired inflation goal," says Ed Rogers, CEO & CIO at Rogers Investment Advisors.
Chong Yoon Chou, Investment Director at Aberdeen Asset Management, discusses news that the Bank of Japan expanded its monetary base target on Friday.
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is set deliver its biannual economic Outlook Report, which may offer clues about the central bank's next move.
There is almost no way the Bank of Japan can hit the inflation target Kuroda set when he unleashed unprecedented monetary stimulus in April 2013.
A top Japanese government official said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should delay a planned sales-tax increase.
Japan's Nikkei index has taken a rollercoaster ride so far this week, and some analysts believe traders should strap in for more turbulence.
Even as growth and deflation fears cast a shadow over Japan's economy, the Bank of Japan appears set to resist pressure for more stimulus measures.
Bank of Japan chief Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday that the central bank has no deadline for its QE program. Mitul Kotecha, Head of FX Strategy, Asia Pacific at Barclays, discusses the comments.
With Treasury yields defying calls for a rise, one bank is polishing up its once tongue-in-cheek forecast the 10-year yield would fall to 1.5 percent.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, says a lower oil price will benefit Asia's economy.
Adam Myers, European head of FX strategy at Crédit Agricole CIB, says the speed of appreciation of the U.S. dollar was too fast for the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan.
With inflation remaining low and the possibility of another tax hike in Japan, the BOJ should consider expanding its asset purchase program, says Tai Hui, Chief Market Strategist Asia at JP Morgan Funds.
Speaking at the IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda explains why he's not worried about volatility in global markets.
Government debates over the effectiveness of a weak yen are hurting Japanese stocks, says Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JPMorgan Securities Japan.
Benjamin Pedley, Head of Investment Strategy for Asia at HSBC Private Bank, says the Fed is remaining dovish because it wants to avoid the Bank of Japan's mistake in raising rates too early.
The dollar fell to a three week-low against the yen on Tuesday, retracing most of its gains posted last week.
Mark Matthews, head of research Asia for Bank Julius Baer, discusses the challenges facing the Japanese economy following the big decline in GDP.