Japanese Industrial Production Surges to Record High 7.2% m/m In November

Japan’s preliminary industrial production for November came in at 7.2% m/m much higher than the expected 4.8% m/m and the October reading of 1.8%. Two years ago, deep in the pandemic industrial production was -4.2% m/m. Production in the auto sector benefited from a global parts supply recovery, output of cars and other motor vehicles surged 43.1% for the month Japan Industrial Production for November 2021 (preliminary)  Industries that mainly contributed to the increased 1.Motor vehicles, 2.Plastic products, 3.Iron, steel … Continue reading “Japanese Industrial Production Surges to Record High 7.2% m/m In November”

Soft Consumer Spending Sees Japan’s Q3 GDP Downgraded Further

Japan’s economy shrank 0.9% in the third quarter from the previous quarter, at an annualized pace of 3.0%, the Cabinet Office announced on Monday. This was worse than the previous estimate as the Coronavirus and supply shortage had more of a dampening affect than first thought. Japan Q3 GDP (2nd reading) GDP -0.9% q/q vs -0.8% expected GDP y/y -3.6% vs -3.1% expected (first estimate -3.0%) Private consumption -1.3% vs -1.1% prelim External demand 0.0% vs +0.1% prelim Inflation deflator … Continue reading “Soft Consumer Spending Sees Japan’s Q3 GDP Downgraded Further”

Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc Attract Flight To Safety Bids on Virus Fears

The Japanese yen and the Swiss franc received safe haven bids on Friday as the global markets panicked on news of the Covid Omicron variant. In a thin market it also gave traders an opportunity to book profits after an extended rally in the US dollar. On the flip side commodity beneficiaries and the growth sensitive Australian dollar and Norwegian krone sold off. Moves weren’t just against the dollar. Whilst the euro rose 0.97 percent to a high of US$1.1312, … Continue reading “Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc Attract Flight To Safety Bids on Virus Fears”

Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Unchanged, Revised CPI and GDP Forecasts Lower As Expected

The Bank of Japan announced no change to monetary policy as widely expected. The BOJ short-term interest target kept at -0.1% and the 10 year JGB yield target remains around 0%. BoJ revised its CPI and GDP forecasts lower.

Bank of Japan Monetary Policy Unchanged as Expected, Details Climate Change Scheme

The Bank of Japan announced no change to monetary policy as widely expected. The BOJ short-term interest target kept at -0.1% and the 10 year JGB yield target remains around 0%. Released details of scheme for combating climate change and made decision on yield curve control

Bank of Japan No Change to Monetary Policy With Short Term Interest Target Kept At -0.1%

The Bank of Japan announced no change to monetary policy as widely expected. The BOJ short-term interest target kept at -0.1% and the 10 year JGB yield target remains around 0%. The ETF buy cap stays at 12tln yen. The bank expects core consumer inflation to hit 0.1% in the current fiscal year.

The Japanese NIKKEI Stock Market Closed Up 16% in 2020 Near 30 Year Highs

Japan’s Blue Chip Nikkei 225 ended the year 16% higher at 27444.17 near 30 year highs. Japanese stocks were boosted by safe haven yen buying and massive BoJ ETF purchases and monetary policy fed optimism surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and unprecedented stimulus measures from global central banks boosting risk sentiment.

IMF to Mobilize $1 Trillion Loan Capacity To Fight Virus Damage

In response to the Coronavirus panic effect on world economies the IMF issued a statement Monday that it’s ready to mobilize a $1 trillion loan capacity to fight the virus. This is crucial where emerging markets unable to tap debt markets,