A Japanese official said on Tuesday that volatility was rising in the currency market and the government stands ready to take necessary steps if the market becomes too erratic.
Japan keeps kicking the can down the road instead of coming to grips with its existential problems of society, economy and peaceful neighborly relations, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
The Bank of Japan maintained its ultra-loose monetary policy on Thursday and reaffirmed its view the economy is on a solid footing, even as fears of slowing global growth jolt markets and lowered prospects for hitting its 2 percent inflation target.
Exports crept up just 0.1 percent in November from a year earlier, drastically missing expectations for a 1.8 percent rise.
Given their record over the last two years, Washington strategists seem to know nothing about the extent to which an improving trade balance increases business investments, profits, employment creation and more, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
Shares in Asia closed lower on Friday as China reported a slew of economic data that missed expectations, deepening worries about headwinds facing the world's second largest economy.
Even if French President Emmanuel Macron somehow beats the odds and remains in office, the ill-fated French-German couple is already condemned as a terminally dysfunctional engine of EU management, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
The huge, and increasing, trade deficits are dampeners of U.S. economic growth at a time when the scope for supportive monetary and fiscal policies has practically vanished, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
The U.S. dollar rose to its highest level in almost two weeks against its major rivals on Tuesday, after President Donald Trump said that he would push ahead with tariffs on Chinese goods, fuelling concern about world trade tensions.
Investors warned of higher rates globally next year following 2018 economic "peak" for U.S.
Expect no agreement on the Korean peace process, China's maritime borders and Taiwan's challenge to the One-China policy when the US president meets his Chinese counterpart later this week, writes Michael Ivanovitch.
President Donald Trump should challenge the U.S. Federal Reserve to show the case for rising inflation, and ask them whether a central bank managing an appreciating currency is supposed to keep raising its interest rates, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
There's a need for some sense of urgency to settling America's trade issues with European allies. Michael Ivanovitch writes.
The dollar reached a 16- month high on Monday against a basket of currencies as investors built bets on a Federal Reserve interest rate increase next month, and political risks in Europe which put pressure on the euro and the pound.
Bond yields could soon continue their march higher and not for the right reasons, says Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer at Bleakley Advisory Group.
We are now watching Trump's fiscal stimulus leaking out into huge, and growing, wealth transfers to China, Japan and Germany — a devastating and totally predictable result of an ineffective trade policy, Michael Ivanovitch writes.
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday the central bank was aware that prolonged ultra-loose monetary policy could squeeze financial institutions' margins and potentially destabilize the country's banking system.
The Bank of Japan maintained its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1 percent and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around zero percent.
Jesse Lentchner of BTIG says well-priced pharmaceutical and retail stocks in the Japanese market may not be a "bad place to hide."
Operating under an American defense umbrella, Japan is a direct participant in a turbulent U.S.-China relationship, Michael Ivanovitch writes.