I didn’t expect to be writing this article so soon. The idea first came up after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly eased monetary policy on October 31st The BOJ increased its bond buying program from 70 to 80 trillion and tripled its ETF purchases from 1 to 3 trillion yen. The surprise move lead to a 292 pips rally in the USD/JPY and on October 31st the currency closed off the week at 112.32. In the next month the Yen continued to be sold aggressively and last Thursday the Dollar/Yen spiked at a high of 118.97. But let’s start from the beginning.
The Rise of Abenomics
The latest round of easing is a continuation of a BOJ policy started back in 2012. After coming to power in December of 2012, the current prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, started to implement a set of policies termed ‘’Abenomics’’. The aggressive policy changes involve radical quantitative easing, increase of public investment and structural reforms. Abe appointed Haruhiko Kuroda as head of the Bank of Japan with a mandate to generate 2 percent inflation. The inflation goal lead to the bank embarking on a massive buying spree during which the BOJ balance sheet almost doubled.
What’s Behind the Japanese Obsessio
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