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QQE in action: The BoJ's flow of funds data

The BoJ’s massive easing of monetary policy announced in early April, via a commitment to double the monetary base and more than double its holdings of JGBs within two years, is in part designed to change the asset allocation strategies of Japanese investors...

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Did the Fed bottle it?

The Fed’s decision last night not to start its tapering process, in spite of almost universal expectations fuelled by the Fed itself that it would, has been both welcomed by financial markets, which have rallied hard in its aftermath, and characterised as the...

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Abe & the Consumption Tax: No Nineties Throwback

Shinzo Abe will shortly reach a defining moment of his second premiership with the announcement on whether to raise the consumption tax next April. Reports suggest that, encouraged in part by the upward revision to Q2 GDP...

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Euro Banks: Time for another check-up

The European Parliament yesterday passed legislation clearing the way for the European Central Bank to become the sole supervisor of the euro area’s largest banks next year, an early milestone on the long journey towards a euro area banking union...

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Abenomics - FAQs

So far, so good. The 3 arrows of Abenomics (major monetary easing; active fiscal policy; and structural reform) aim to revive confidence, generate a sustainable recovery and end deflation. And most evidence suggests that the...

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