In the post-meeting press conference, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said that it will be appropriate to continue aggressive JGB purchases for now. "If the government issues more super-long bonds, we may buy more (...) the BoJ may buy more bonds to keep yields low but the excessive lowering of super-long yields could hamper the economy," Kuroda added further.
- Expects inflation to stay in negative territory for now.
- The BoJ will maintain the 2% inflation target.
- It is possible that new measures will be needed depending on the economy.
- Options include lowering rates for yield curve control.
- Financial institutions have enough capital, liquidity at the moment.
The Japanese yen had a rather muted reaction to Kuroda’s comments. The USD/JPY pair was last seen trading in the neutral territory, around the 107.40-35 region.
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