14 Jun 2024

📢 📢 📢 The Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Friday, but indicated it’s considering the reduction of its purchase of Japanese government bonds.

The central bank left short-term rates unchanged at between 0% to 0.1% at the end of its two-day policy meeting, as widely expected. But notably, the bank said in its statement it could reduce its purchases of Japanese government bonds after the next monetary policy meeting, scheduled for July 30 and 31. QE tapering in Japan has a lot more potency than in the U.S., sheerly because of how much of the bond market the BOJ owns. Following the BOJ decision, the Japanese yen weakened 0.5% to 157.8 against the U.S. dollar, while the yield on 10-year JGB fell 44 basis points to 0.924. So absolutely no panic... Source: Bloomberg, CNBC


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