Boj Monetary Policy: Assessing Future Bias

At today’s meeting, policymakers at the Bank of Japan (BoJ) kept the policy unchanged, and the benchmark interest rate at -0.1 percent.

Let’s look at the current monetary policies,

  • Bank of Japan had already shifted the timeline for reaching the 2 percent inflation goal to “earliest possible time” and with that view, it introduced QQE with yield curve control. It means that the bank would guide both short term and long term rates while purchasing assets at the pace of ¥80 trillion per annum until the inflation overshoots the 2 percent target and stays above.
  • For short-term rate controls, BoJ will maintain a negative interest rate of -0.1 percent and for the long-term rate control, it would purchase assets in such a manner that the 10-year yield remains around zero percent.
  • In addition to that, BoJ would use fixed rate purchases of JGBs and fixed rate funds supplying for a period up to 10 years.
  • The bank will continue to purchase ETFs at ¥6 trillion per annum, CPs at ¥2.2 trillion annually, corporate bonds at ¥3.2 trillion annually, and J-REITs at ¥90 billion per annum.

Key takeaways from the economic outlook –

  • The Japanese economy will continue to expand at above trend pace through the fiscal year 2018 on the back of accommodative financial conditions and as the overseas economies continue to expand. Growth would decelerate in 2019 due to a cyclical slowdown in business fixed investments and due to upcoming consumption tax hike. (Mild hawkish bias)
  • Inflation is likely to continue its uptrend and increase towards 2 percent on the back of improvement in the output gap and a rise in medium to long-term expectations. (Mild hawkish bias)
  • Risks are still tilted to the downside. The upward momentum in price is still not sufficiently firm.  (Dovish bias)
  • BoJ says that it would continue with its monetary policy unless inflation reaches 2 percent objective. The bank would do adjustments as necessary. (Neutral bias)

The Bank of Japan’s (BoJ) monetary policy statement remains broadly balanced as of now, however, the bias has somewhat shifted towards a more hawkish tone. The yen is currently trading at 111.2, down 0.15 percent for the day so far.

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