An early election is due to be held as Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on October 22, and BNP sees the chances of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to achieve a comfortable win to remain in power.
Following are the highlights of the BOJ meeting held on July 19 and 20:
The markets absorbed the Fed's decisions yesterday, US stocks started to fall from historical highs and the US dollar saw some slight declines after rising overnight after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged at 1.25% and left the door open for a third raise this year.
The new week will see many important economic data and events that will have an impact on market movements in the coming period, most notably the FOMC meeting, the Bank of Japan meeting, and some central bankers' speech.
Takahide Kiuchi, a former Bank of Japan member, made the following remarks:
• The Bank of Japan is likely to continue the process of ending the stimulus program.
• The Bank of Japan may also consider changing long-term interest rates soon.
The Australian dollar bounced higher again to opening levels after falling in early trading, following Australian labor market data, which came within the expectations adding 14,000 jobs in June and participation rate rose to a 17-month high of 65%. The reason of declining of AUD is the downward revision of the employment change index and unemployment rate. The AUDUSD is now approaching its daily high of 0.7988, which is also its highest level in more than two years.
By Reuters : Asian shares rose to their highest levels in nearly a decade on Thursday, bolstered by a surge in global markets, while the yen eased after the Bank of Japan reinforced expectations that it will keep massive stimulus in place far longer than other major central banks.
The attention is once again turning to a number of central banks, waiting for what they will decide and whether it will turn towards narrowing the gap between their policies and the policy of the FED, which is on the path of tightening monetary policy and raise interest again before the end of this year. On the other hand, the markets keep their eyes on the Chinese economy and the data that may confirm the stability of the second largest global economies.
The markets were calm in today's trading amidst the absence of important data and events on the economic calendar, as the markets are awaiting the minutes of the Fed's last meeting in June which raised interest rates to 1.25%, plus the issue of reducing its balance.
By Reuters : Japan's central bank will cut its inflation forecasts but hold off expanding stimulus this month, people familiar with the matter say, in another sign the bank is retreating from Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's initial pledge to do whatever it takes to achieve his ambitious inflation target.
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