Japan Tops a Solid Week of Global Gains

SushiFrom Doug Short: The past week for our global watch list of eight indexes was a solid one, with all eight posting gains and the average an impressive 1.01%. Naturally there was a significant range from top to bottom, from the Nikkei's 1.95% surge to the FTSE's fractional 0.10% advance.
NYSE:EWJ October 23, 2016 7:53am

Bank of Japan to Continue Bond Purchases at Torrid Pace

Japan flagBank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said today that there's no need to taper the central bank's massive asset purchases, even as it adjusts its focus toward controlling interest rate yield curve.
NYSE:EWJ October 21, 2016 11:02am

The New Debt Bomb That Could Derail Japanese Banks

JapanAnalyst John Rubino looks at a troubling trend coming out of Japan, where yield-starved investors are flocking to dangerous instruments like perpetual subordinated bonds.
NYSE:EWJ October 10, 2016 7:08am

Inside Japan’s Ticking Fiscal Time Bomb

Japanese lanternAnalyst Martin D. Weiss explains the massive monetary issues that Japan faces, and how these problems could lead to a recession large enough to drag the rest of Asian down with it.
NYSE:EWJ October 3, 2016 9:14am

Goldman Sachs: Bank of Japan Probably Cannot Control Yield Curve

Despite the Bank of Japan's recent assertion that it will attempt to control the yield curve on its domestic bonds, and thereby aid reeling Japanese banks, Goldman Sachs notes that it may not actually be possible.
NYSE:EWJ September 22, 2016 6:23am

Japanese ETF Surges as Bank of Japan Leaves Rates Unchanged, but Ups ETF Buying

The Bank of Japan unveiled its latest policy decision today, and the markets are cheering the news, which included no rate change but higher buying of domestic ETFs and a new technique dubbed "yield curve control."
NYSE:EWJ September 21, 2016 6:31am

Key Bank of Japan Decision Due This Week

From Tyler Durden: The Bank of Japan will unveil the results of its several months-long economic study this week, and the results will be important for U.S. markets as well.
NYSE:EWJ September 18, 2016 9:56am

Is the Bank of Japan Ushering in a New Era of Transparency?

japan-carpAnalysts following the Bank of Japan's statements over the past few weeks have noticed a big change in how the central bank is positioning its role within the struggling economy.
NYSE:EWJ September 11, 2016 1:03pm

Is Japan Reconsidering Negative Interest Rates?

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda showed potential remorse over his negative interest rate policy today, perhaps signaling a reversal from the unprecedented monetary measures the country has taken to try and revive its economy.
NYSE:EWJ September 6, 2016 7:02am

Legendary Japanese Economist: “Abenomics May Not Work Well”

One of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's most trusted advisors made a sobering confession recently, noting that Abenomics -- a policy he himself helped craft -- might not actually work at all.
NYSE:EWJ September 1, 2016 10:30am

Japan’s Unemployment Rate Falls to 3%, Lowest Since 1995

From ZeroHedge: Japan's government just announced the lowest unemployment rate in 21 years, but behind the seemingly-great number is a demographic shift that could hurt the country's economy for many years to come.
NYSE:EWJ August 31, 2016 7:06am

The Bank of Japan is Prepared to Buy Almost Everything

From John Rubino: With past stimulus measures not providing sufficient economic growth, the Bank of Japan is likely prepping to double down on its monetary easing, to the tune of trillions of Japanese yen.
NYSE:EWJ August 30, 2016 6:36am

Are Negative Rates Helping or Hurting Japan?

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan doesn't know yet whether Japan's negative interest rate policy is benefitting the country or not, saying the "jury is out" still.
NYSE:EWJ August 26, 2016 8:42am

Japan is Willing to Cut Interest Rates Even Further Into Negative Territory

In a recent interview with Japanese newspaper Sankei, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda indicated he wasn't opposed to lowering already-negative interest rates even further if it helps spur economic growth.
NYSE:EWJ August 22, 2016 12:32pm

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