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Japan’s central bank, the Bank of Japan, is expected to maintain its ultra-dovish stance and hold its benchmark interest rate at -0.1% during the upcoming two-day meeting, which would mark governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s final meeting. This decision comes as no surprise, as a Reuters poll predicted no changes to the monetary policy.
Despite concerns that Haruhiko Kuroda steered the bank in a difficult direction, his term ends on April 8, and Kazuo Ueda will replace him. Japan’s lower house of parliament just approved Ueda’s nomination, and approval is seen as a formality given Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party holds a majority number of seats in both houses.
While the central bank is not expected to make any changes in Kuroda’s final meeting, the market remains cautious of potential developments. Therefore, investors will monitor any comments or insights provided during this meeting.
- The Bank of Japan has enormous powers allowing it to shape the country’s economy in ways no other institution can.
- Kuroda was appointed governor of the Bank of Japan in March 2013 and reappointed in 2018. He introduced negative interest rates during his tenure and launched an aggressive bond-buying program.
- His monetary policies failed to achieve their 2% inflation target over the years, indicating that his ultra-loose monetary policy produced few gains.
The decision by the Bank of Japan to maintain its ultra-dovish stance and hold its benchmark interest rate at -0.1% during the upcoming two-day meeting is not a surprise. However, investors will keep an eye on the meeting for any potential developments, given the market’s cautiousness.
The Bank of Japan plays a significant role in shaping the country’s economy, making it essential to keep track of any changes or developments made by the central bank. However, as governor Haruhiko Kuroda’s term ends, the market remains cautious of any potential developments that may arise during his final meeting.