BOJ December Minutes Don’t Show Negative Rates Debate

Bank of Japan (BOJ) policymakers debated the feasibility of adopting supplementary steps for their massive stimulus program, though they agreed that the broad price trend was improving steadily, minutes of their December rate review showed on Wednesday.

“The members agreed that there was no need to adjust monetary policy now as underlying trend inflation was improving steadily,” according to the minutes of the Dec. 17-18 meeting.

A few of them said that fine-tuning the BOJ’s “quantitative and qualitative easing” (QQE) would allow the central bank to swiftly ease if needed, the minutes showed.

At the December meeting, the BOJ adopted several steps to fine-tune QQE such as extending the average duration of government bonds it purchases. At a subsequent meeting in January, the BOJ stunned markets by deploying negative interest rates while maintaining QQE.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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