15 Jan 2024

The 2-Year Japanese Yield Back in Negative Territory ๐Ÿ“‰

While the anticipation has been building for the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to exit its negative rate monetary policy in April 2024, the market seems to be taking a different turn. Today, the 2-year Japanese bond yield closed in negative territory. The BoJ has signaled its readiness to end the negative interest rate policy, but it's contingent on economic data and the outcomes of the March wage talks. Japan's path to normalization will be unique, as its economy still requires some level of monetary easing. The BoJ's terminal rate is projected to gradually reach around 0.5% over three to four years, potentially beginning with one or two rate hikes in the first year. However, the timeline for the BoJ to abandon its negative interest rate policy is now being seen as possibly extending further into 2024. Governor Kazuo Ueda's cautious statements, combined with unforeseen challenges like the recent earthquake, have led many economists to reconsider their forecasts, shifting expectations from January to potentially April or later. Stay tuned for more updates on this evolving situation. The Japanese monetary policy landscape is certainly one to watch closely in the coming months. Source: Bloomberg.


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