According To Kuroda (BoJ) No Further Widening Of The Yield Corridor Is Needed

The USD/JPY Pair Tends To Keep The Trend In A Sideways Direction
Exchange Rates 20.12.2022 analysis

The unexpected shift of the Bank of Japan to hawkish surprised global markets as the decision paves the way for policy normalization. The bank raised the yield cap on 10-year bonds to around 0.5%, causing Japanese government bonds and treasuries to fall, while yen rose. US stock indices were also affected, similar to the Australian dollar and gold.

Japan is the biggest creditor in the world and a tightening of domestic financial conditions could lead to a wave of capital coming home. This threatens to depress asset prices and raise global borrowing costs, while the economic outlook worsens. UBS Group said investors are likely to exit US, while Australian and French bonds, as well as developed market equities, could fall.

Exchange Rates 20.12.2022 analysis

Japan's benchmark 10-year bond yield jumped 21 basis points to 0.46%, before falling back to 0.4%. Trading of Japanese bond futures briefly halted on the Osaka exchange market after they had reached the cut-off threshold. Yen strengthened by as much as 3.5%, hitting 132.28 per dollar.

Exchange Rates 20.12.2022 analysis

AMP Services said this is not a tightening of monetary policy as the yield target is still zero and the Bank of Japan is still stepping up bond purchases. However, many see it as a move in that direction, hence the jump in yen and negative impact on global equity markets.

Exchange Rates 20.12.2022 analysis

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said no further widening of the yield corridor is needed and a change in control of the yield curve would probably be positive for the economy.

The policy adjustment came after core inflation in Japan rose to its highest level in four decades. Speculation of a shift rattled markets on Monday after Kyodo news reported that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to renegotiate a decade-old agreement with the Bank of Japan on a 2% inflation target.

"The Bank of Japan's action is unequivocally negative for global bonds," TD Securities said. "If today's move was the first step towards the end of the YCC, yen could rise substantially as Japanese investors could start selling some of their unhedged global bonds in foreign currencies. This will be more bearish for the long side of US and European bond curves," they added

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The USD/JPY Pair Tends To Keep The Trend In A Sideways Direction

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