The Bank of Japan incurred a net loss for the first time in four years during the April-September period, as the value of its foreign currency denominated assets fell against the backdrop of a stronger yen, the central bank said Monday.
In the six-month period, the BOJ posted a net loss of 200.24 billion yen ($1.8 billion), a reversal from a profit of 628.89 billion yen a year earlier, after booking an exchange loss of 697.62 billion yen.
In the first half of the current fiscal year, the U.S. dollar plunged nearly 10 percent from the end of March to around 101 yen as of the end of September, driving down the value of the central bank’s assets by several hundred billion yen, the source said.
The bank, however, is expected to return to the black during the October-March period, as the yen is back on a downward trend against the dollar amid growing expectations of stimulus measures by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The dollar traded around the 112 yen line Monday in Tokyo.
The BOJ’s total assets expanded 24.8 percent to a record 456.81 trillion yen, as the bank continues to purchase massive amounts of government bonds and other assets under its monetary easing policy.
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