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Bank of Japan: No Changes in the October Policy Meeting
At its October policy meeting, the Bank of Japan left its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged. The decision was made by an 8-1 majority vote.
Update on the Bank of Japan’s September Policy Meeting
The Bank of Japan left its policy unchanged at its September meeting. By an 8–1 majority vote, the policy board decided to leave its policy and its QQE with a yield curve control unchanged.
The IMF Sees Improvement in Japanese Economic Growth Forecasts
The IMF expects Japanese economic growth to be 0.5% in 2016—the same as in 2015—and to tick up to 0.6% in 2017.
Hunting for Yield: Looking beyond Japan
Japan is the largest accessible bond market in Asia (source: Barclays Multiverse Index as of 7/29/16), but the problem is the yields for many local bonds are negative.
Why Structural Reforms Are Needed to Spur the Japanese Economy
Market participants believe that the BoJ (Bank of Japan) needs to do more to beat deflation and propel the Japanese economy to sustainable long-term growth.
Why Monetary Policy Isn’t Enough to Boost the Japanese Economy
The BoJ is the one of the largest holders of Japanese (DFJ) government bonds and also a major player in equity markets.
Why Japanese Stocks Look Attractive as Valuations Drop
Japanese (EWJ) (SCJ) equities have become attractive thanks to relatively low valuations after a 20% fall from highs recorded in August last year.
Japanese large caps versus Japanese small caps: An overview
Many large-cap stocks are exporters, and can benefit from a weaker yen. Look for funds that provide broad and diversified exposure to well-established Japanese large- and mid-cap companies.