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News Tag: Bank of Japan

August 20, 2010

Global stock markets knocked after weak US data

by Kay Murchie
Global stock markets knocked after weak US data
Global stock markets have lost ground today after worse-than-expected weekly jobless numbers from the US yesterday. Furthermore, Tokyo shares were down as speculation mounted that the Bank of Japan would hold an emergency meeting to discuss the strength of its currency, the yen. The yen has hit a 15-month high against the dollar - fuelling concerns about the impact on ...



August 10, 2010

BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
After a two-day policy board meeting, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has elected to keep interest rates at 0.1%, as widely expected. Interest rates in the world’s second largest economy have been at the low level since December 2008 in a bid to fight off deflation. Deflation (where prices fall rather than increase) can be a serious threat to an economy ...



July 15, 2010

BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
After a two-day policy board meeting, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has elected to keep interest rates at 0.1%, as widely expected. Interest rates in the world’s second largest economy have been at the low level since December 2008 in a bid to fight off deflation. Deflation (where prices fall rather than increase) can be a serious threat to an economy ...



July 8, 2010

Japanese machinery orders see sharp fall in May

by Kay Murchie
”Japanese
Japanese core private-sector machinery orders - a highly volatile series seen as an indicator of corporate spending - fell more than expected in May, according to figures published today. Official figures revealed machinery orders fell by 9.1% in May compared with the previous month - the steepest fall since August 2008 - as companies held back on business investment. The ...



July 1, 2010

BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment at two-year high

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
The Bank of Japan’s closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed a significant improvement in business confidence in Japan. The Tankan index revealed business confidence among major manufacturers had picked up for the fifth consecutive quarter, rising one point in June from -14 in March. The Tankan, which surveys 10,000 firms, measures the percentage of companies that think business conditions ...



May 21, 2010

BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
After a two-day policy board meeting, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has elected to keep interest rates at 0.1%, as widely expected. Interest rates in the world’s second largest economy have been at the low level since December 2008 in a bid to fight off deflation. Deflation remains a problem for the economy. Japanese core consumer prices fell 1.2% in March ...



April 30, 2010

BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%

by Kay Murchie
BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%
After a two-day policy board meeting, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has elected to keep interest rates at 0.1%, as widely expected. Interest rates in the world’s second largest economy have been at the low level since December 2008 in a bid to fight off deflation. Deflation remains a problem for the economy. Japanese core consumer prices fell 1.2% in March ...



April 7, 2010

BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
After a two-day policy board meeting, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has elected to keep interest rates at 0.1%. Interest rates in the world’s second largest economy have been at the low level since December 2008 in a bid to fight off deflation. Deflation remains a problem for the economy. Japanese core consumer prices fell 1.2% in February from a year ...



April 1, 2010

BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan

by Kay Murchie
BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan
The Bank of Japan’s closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed an improvement in business confidence in Japan. The Tankan index revealed business confidence among major manufacturers had picked up for the fourth consecutive quarter, rising to -14 in March from -25 in December and significantly higher than the record low of -58 seen this time last year. In the ...



March 26, 2010

Japan continues to battle with deflation

by Kay Murchie
”Japan
Official figures today revealed Japanese core consumer prices fell 1.2% in February from a year earlier - representing the 12th consecutive monthly decline that the world’s no.2 economy has been in deflation. The latest figures suggest that ongoing deflationary pressure could ultimately threaten Japan's fragile economic recovery. The economy was one of the first to emerge from recession in the second quarter of ...



March 17, 2010

BoJ elects to hold interest rates at 0.1%

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
After a two-day policy board meeting, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has elected to keep interest rates at 0.1%. Interest rates in the world’s second largest economy have been at the low level since December 2008 in a bid to fight off deflation. It is anticipated that the central Bank will leave rates at the low rate until around 2012 as ...



February 18, 2010

Japan interest rates unchanged

by Kay Murchie
’Japan
The Bank of Japan has again elected to keep interest rates on hold at the low level of 0.1%, as widely expected. It is anticipated that the Bank will leave rates at the low rate until around 2012 as a result of deflationary pressures. The world’s no.2 economy exited recession in the second quarter of 2009 but there have been fears that the return ...



February 16, 2010

Japan sets out to fight deflation

by Kay Murchie
”Japan
There have been fears that the return of deflation within the world’s second largest economy could stall growth. A short period of deflation (where prices fall rather than increase) could be a serious threat to the economy because it deters consumers and businesses from spending in expectation of falling prices. Deflation was a problem for Japan during its so-called “Lost Decade” in the ...



January 26, 2010

Japan interest rates unchanged

by Kay Murchie
”Japan
The Bank of Japan has again elected to keep interest rates on hold at the low level of 0.1%, as widely expected. It is anticipated that the Bank will leave rates at the low rate until around 2012 as a result of deflationary pressures. The world’s no.2 economy exited recession in the second quarter of 2009 but there have been fears that the return of ...



December 18, 2009

Bank of Japan keeps interest rates on hold to fight deflation

by Kay Murchie
”Bank
The Bank of Japan has again elected to keep interest rates on hold at the low level of 0.1%, as widely expected. It is anticipated that the Bank will leave rates at the low rate until around 2012 as a result of deflationary pressures. The world’s no.2 economy exited recession in the second quarter of this year but ...



December 2, 2009

Bank of Japan not ruling out other stimulus measures

by Kay Murchie
Bank of Japan not ruling out other stimulus measures
It emerged yesterday that Japan’s central bank had injected 10 trillion yen (£70 billion, $114 billion) in liquidity into financial markets to cement the recovery of the world’s second largest economy. In a statement, the Bank said the emergency fiscal measures would “firmly support Japan’s economic developments toward recovery”. However, the stimulus measures were criticised by some as not sufficient ...



December 1, 2009

Bank of Japan to inject 10tn yen into economy

by Kay Murchie
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August 10, 2009

Japanese manufacturers pessimistic but machinery orders rise

by Kay Murchie
”Japanese
Figures show that Japanese core machinery orders (a highly volatile series seen as an indicator of corporate spending) rose 9.7% in June compared with the previous month. The rise represents the biggest gain in four months and was more than treble the 2.9% analysts had forecast. However, despite the positive data, a survey of manufacturers suggested a pessimistic outlook ahead. The survey, ...



July 15, 2009

Bank of Japan keeps interest rates on hold and is optimistic for the future

by Kay Murchie
”Bank
Japan's central bank has voted unanimously to keep interest rates on hold at 0.1%, as widely expected. However, while the Bank was optimistic for the future, it noted the continued weakness in consumer spending, as well as a sharp fall in capital spending by companies. Private consumption, which makes up for over half of the ...



July 1, 2009

BoJ Tankan survey reveals sentiment up in Japan

by Kay Murchie
”BoJ
The Bank of Japan's closely watched quarterly Tankan survey has revealed an improvement in business confidence in Japan Today’s figures will add to the belief that the worst is over for the world’s second largest economy. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced that industrial production was up 5.9% in May from a month earlier. Meanwhile, the ...



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